High School Sports

(Sports blog) Red Raiders start to show identity during 2-1 win over Ferndale

The Bellingham Red Raiders' baseball club has scored 13 runs through their first four games of the season, yet are 3-1.

That's good for 3.25 runs per game.

Following Bellingham's 2-1 win over Ferndale on Wednesday, March 26, at Bellingham High, junior pitcher Brad Johnson admitted the Red Raiders don't have a wealth of offensive firepower.

"We've been working on small ball quite a bit," he said. "We don't have too many big bats."

Seniors Ryan Fox and Oscar White, who bat third and fourth, respectively, can certainly drive in runs, but Bellingham has placed a premium on manufacturing runs. So far the style of play has worked, and its effectiveness might dictate the Red Raiders' success this season.

Johnson has been impressive all season, backing his first win, which was a complete game against Oak Harbor, with another complete-game win against Ferndale. Charlie Carmichael, Bellingham's other starter, has looked strong during both his starts with an exception to a rough sixth inning against Sedro-Woolley.

"We are doing some nice things, but I think the exciting thing for us is that we still have alot to learn," Bellingham coach David Farrell said. "So to be 3-1, some close games we have won, it feels good as a coaching staff. And we see the opportunity to still grow. It's pretty exciting. It's a fun place to be."

With a talented one-two punch on the mound coupled with a strong defense, there's little reason to think Bellingham's success won't continue.