Coach: Cory White
Last year: Finished third in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Ended season after going 0-1 during the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament, finishing 15-10 overall.
Players to watch: Jordan Wittenberg (jr., SS); Dalton Ohligschlager (jr., P/3B); Dakota Davis (sr., OF); Anthony Garcia (jr., P/OF)
Outlook: Like all other Northwest Conference teams, Lynden has benefited from great weather and is far beyond where it usually is heading into the season. The importance of extra work this spring has been magnified with the need to get Lynden’s arms in shape, especially the pitching staff, which is almost completely remade from a season ago. With the graduation of Kody Ames, Christian Mouat and no Lucas Peterson, the Lions will have to rely on some new varsity pitchers. “Last year we had guys step in as seniors who were unproven,” Lions coach Cory White said in a phone interview. “Anytime you lose players there is a question mark, but we have depth in pitching. Realistically, we could have nine pitchers on the field at a time. Every position, one through nine, has the ability to pitch.” Junior Anthony Garcia is expected to eat up the most innings, and Dakota Davis, Dalton Ohligschlager and Jordan Wittenberg should also log time on the bump. Wittenberg gives the Lions one of the best bats in the Northwest Conference and Ohligschlager, who hit cleanup last season, gives Lynden another strong, reliable hitter.