Cole Marlowe’s single knocked in the winning run, and another for insurance, in the top of the seventh with two outs as Lynden’s baseball team held off Blaine for a 4-2 nonconference win on Tuesday, March 17, at Pipeline Fields.
Marlowe ripped a single up the middle, scoring Dalton Ohligschlager from third and Jordan Wittenberg came around from second to give the Lions an extra cushion run.
Wittenberg was 1 for 2 with a run, three stolen bases, two walks and an RBI.
“Wittenberg is a special kid. Instinctively he’s a good base runner, so that’s one thing that’s hard to coach and there are times we’ll allow him to do somethings on the bases to put pressure on the defense,” Lynden coach Cory White said in a phone interview.
Blaine’s Josh Fakkema went 1 for 2 with a stolen base, a walk and an RBI. Anthony Ball was 1 for 3 with a double for the Borderites.
White complemented Blaine’s starting pitcher, Rudy Nolasco, who went five innings and struck out one hitter, while only walking two. He had just two hits and an earned run, too.
“I thought he was a promising right-hander who threw a lot of strikes,” White said. “Ball came in and did good, too. He got in a hole with the two runs in the seventh, but we got the lead-off hitter on on an error, so that put pressure on them.”
Lynden missed a jamboree due to weather earlier in the week, so White went with a different pitcher every inning to give them all experience.
“We have three games the rest of the week, so it was a chance for them to get a bullpen in today,” he said. “They threw strikes and our kids played really good defense. For early in the season, both teams played really well.”
Lynden plays host to Ferndale at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at home. Blaine hosts Nooksack Valley at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Pipeline Fields.
Lynden 4, Blaine 2
WP: Jordan Wittenberg (1-0). LP: Anthony Ball (0-1). Highlights: Lynden: Jordan Wittenberg 1-2, 1 R, 3 SB, 2 BB, 1 RBI; Cole Marlowe 1-2, 2 RBI. Blaine: Josh Fakkema 1-2, 1 Sb, 1 BB, 1 RBI; Anthony Ball 1-3, 1 2B.