Ferndale’s baseball team was only able to manage four baserunners in a 13-0 loss to Lynnwood to open the Class 3A District 1 Tournament on Saturday, May 9, at Ferndale High School.
Kyler Schemstad was able to keep Lynnwood in check for most of the first six innings, but the fifth-seeded Royals broke it open with an eight-run seventh.
Four of Lynnwood’s seven hits in the seventh were doubles, as the Royals’ batters seemed to know exactly when to take their cuts at the plate.
Ferndale relievers Miguel Mongaro and Dalton Neer were unable to take advantage of Lynnwood’s aggressive hitting approach.
“You just have to throw strikes,” Ferndale catcher Brady Shearer said. “You have to hit your spots and just work to do what you can.”
The sudden onslaught of hits snowballed as the Royals seemed to manage to extend the inning time and time again.
“They got real hot in that last inning,” Shearer said. “Some teams say hits are contagious, so when they hit like that there isn’t much you can do.”
The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles were the beneficiaries of a pair of errors in the game, but Lynnwood pitcher Lucas Jungmann was unfazed by the ball’s odd hops and mishandling.
One such instance came when Ferndale put the lead-off hitter, Kale Weidkamp, on in the bottom of the third thanks to an error. Weidkamp had rocketed a bouncing grounder to the second baseman, who couldn’t trap the ball as it hopped up on him and allowed Weidkamp to reach base.
Jungmann kept his cool and beat Nate Carlson, Ian Barnes and Kyle Sandstrom for three straight strikeouts to end the inning. He finished with 10 strikeouts and just one walk in the complete game.
Schemstad pitched six innings and struck out three batters, walking none. He showed poise on the mound, even when his defense made mental mistakes.
With two out in the top of the fourth and runners on first and third, Schemstad was trying to work his way ahead in the count with it even at a ball and a strike. Lynnwood pulled a successful double steal to score its third run, but Schemstad stayed even keeled. He worked his way to a 2-2 count with a couple of fouls and finished off the batter to end the inning and minimize the damage of the one run.
“Schemstad was good, he kept us in there and gave us a chance,” Ferndale coach Donny Hennigs said. “But you’re not going to win any games when you score zero runs, so we’ll get back at it on Tuesday.”
Designated hitter Matt James had the Golden Eagles’ hit, a single that just got past a diving third baseman and was knocked down by the shortstop. Nothing came of his hit in the fifth, as the next two batters popped up and flew out.
“We saw a lot of him mixing it up,” Shearer said of Jungmann. “He had a lot of off-speed stuff.”
Ferndale made Jungmann work for his 10 strikeouts, fouling off strikes and taking pitches to work his pitch count to 99.
“We had some guys that could foul off and we got deep in the count,” Hennigs said. “We knew that’s what we had to do. We were trying to get his pitch count up to get somebody else, but he’s a good pitcher and we didn’t get enough hits.”
The longer plate approach of the Golden Eagles was contrasted by the aggressiveness of the Royals, who only waited for one or two pitches before taking a successful cut at the ball.
“We’ve been trying to be patient,” Shearer said. “Pick our pitch and get a few good swings on it. They’re a good defensive team, but you can’t defend hits. We were trying to hit the ball the other way because this guy had good off-speed stuff and good tail on his ball, so we tried to hit everything the opposite way, but there wasn’t anything we could do today.”
Lawton Manipon ended up being Lynnwood’s top hitter, going 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBI.
Ferndale moves to loser-out play and takes on eighth-seeded Mountlake Terrace at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at a location to be determined.
“We just have to bounce back and get ready for the next one,” Shearer said. “We’ll come out with some fire for the next game.”
Lynnwood 13, Ferndale 0