With little over three weeks remaining in the high school softball season, one thing has become increasingly apparent: Ferndale is really, really talented.
The Golden Eagles (11-1, Northwest Conference 6-0) haven’t lost since March 24, reeling off eight wins in a row, three of which have come in shutout fashion thanks to the pitching performances of Lauren Maley.
Maley, a junior, and the Ferndale pitching staff are allowing just 2.6 runs per game this season — more than a run lower than any pitching staff in the NWC — and her strongest performances of the season have come against some of the top teams in the conference. She helped hold Blaine (6-5, 3-3) scoreless on April 21, and she also held Lynden (7-3, 4-1) to just three runs on March 20 in a non-league win.
Hitting hasn’t necessarily been a problem, either, as the Golden Eagles are second in the NWC in runs per game with 9.7, second only to Mount Baker’s 10.9. Standouts on that side continue to be Kadence Kane, Sydney Shawler, Scarlett Nyenhuis and Maley.
In a 10-6 win over Sedro-Woolley on April 14, Kane, Maley and Shawler combined for eight RBI, besting the last team to defeat them.
Ferndale has a reasonable chance to run the table in the NWC with six conference games remaining, and matchups against Nooksack Valley on April 25 and Lynden on May 13 will be the biggest hurdles the Golden Eagles face in doing so.