On one hand, Lynden's softball team fell short. A 10-0 loss to Lake Washington on Saturday, May 31, at Carlon Park in Selah, was the second straight year the Lions had fallen a game short of playing for the title.
On the other hand, Lynden's 12-3 win over Port Angeles and 6-1 win over Anacortes gave the Lions a third-place finish, their highest in the program's history.
"It was an incredible finish just to come back after losing to Lake Washington, when we didn't play our best and we knew it," Lynden second baseman Trisha Snydar said in a phone interview. "For three years coming home without anything. To come home with third-place is a dream come true."
In the semifinal contest, Lake Washington's three-run homer in the first was too much for Lynden.
"It got us on our heels a little," Lynden coach Steve Petersen said in a phone interview. "But we competed and battled hard. They're just a really strong team."
In the second game, the Lions came so close to not taking home anything, but a nine-run eighth inning spurred Lynden to the third-place game. The outburst included a home run from Syndar, one of Lynden's two seniors and a four-year starter, who described the shot as a moment to remember.
"The hitting got contagious," Petersen said. "There was a lot of jumping up and down in the dugout."
The hitting carried over to the third-place game with Anacortes as the Lions jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two innings. Then they let Tanna Benson hold it off from there.
"At that point she was just running on fumes," Petersen said of Benson, who had pitched both games prior. "She was tough all day long."
The tournament showed how good District 1 is, Petersen said. District 1 teams took first, third and fourth in Class 2A.
The Lions end their season at 18-9 and as great as a third-place finish feels the Lions know they were so close.
"To get to that and lose is tough," Petersen said. "You have the big prize right in front of you and it's taken away from you."
On the bright side, the Lions were one of two teams in the tournament to get a win in the last game.
LAKE WASHINGTON 10, LYNDEN 0 (5)
Lake Washington 314 20 - 10 12 0
Lynden 000 00 - 0 3 3
WP: Evineth. LP: Benson. Highlights: Lynden: Catyler Alex 1-1; Jenna Bonsen Teylor Eshuis 1-2.
LYNDEN 12, PORT ANGELES 3 (8)
Lynden 000 300 09 - 12 12 0
Port Angeles 201 000 00 - 3 5 2
WP: Benson. LP: Wheeler. Highlights: Lynden: Elisa Kooiman 4-4, 3 RBI; Morgan Black 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Trisha Snydar 2-5, 4 RBI, HR.
LYNDEN 6, ANACORTES 1
Anacortes 000 001 0 - 1 7 3
Lynden 330 000 0 - 0 8 0
WP: Benson. LP: Writer. Highlights: Lynden: Elisa Kooiman 2-3, R; Mandy Warner 1-4, 2 RBI; Trisha Snydar 1-2, RBI.