Week 5 Prep Baseball Power Rankings
1. Bellingham (4):
The Red Raiders have won four straight and were powered by Oscar White, who in two games went 5 for 7 with seven RBI. Alex Richard came up with a clutch, walk-off hit against Lynden as Bellingham is the only NWC team left with an unblemished record. (7-5, 4-0 NWC) LG: W 7-6 Lynden, W 12-5 Meridian Upcoming: at Blaine (4/17), Squalicum (4/18), at Sehome (4/21).
2. Anacortes (1): The Seahawks bounced back from its first loss in seven games with a win over Blaine, but Anacortes hasn’t been able to produce runs of late. (8-2, 2-1 NWC) LG: W 4-0 Blaine Upcoming: Lynden Christian (4/18), at Lynden (4/19), at Burlington-Edison (4/21).
3. Squalicum (2): The Storm proved it can win close games, thanks to a game-winning two-out single by David Stealy against Burlington-Edison, but Squalicum followed up its dramatic win with a one-run loss to city-rival Sehome. Squalicum gave up 14 runs in its two games after surrendering just five during its previous four. (7-3-1, 2-1 NWC) LG: W 6-5 Burlington-Edison, L 9-8 Sehome Upcoming: Meridian (4/17), at Bellingham (4/18), Sedro-Woolley (4/21).
4. Ferndale (6): Brady Bauthues and Chase Olson gave the Golden Eagles consecutive strong outings, as Ferndale has won three straight following a four-game losing streak. The Golden Eagles’ pitching has been solid, allowing only two runs during the three-game stretch. (6-5, 3-1 NWC) LG: W 10-2 Mount Baker, W 1-0 Sedro-Woolley Upcoming: Sehome (4/17), at Blaine (4/18), Nooksack Valley (4/21).
5. Sehome (5): It’s hard to rank Squalicum over Sehome given the Mariners beat Squalicum for the second time this season, but it speaks to the parity of the league. Sehome put a halt to its four-game losing skid with the win over its city rival. Each of Sehome’s past five games has been decided by one run. In fact, eight of the Mariners' 12 games have been decided by one run. It has a 3-5 mark in those contests. (6-6, 1-3 NWC) LG: L 6-5 Sedro-Woolley, W 9-8 Squalicum Upcoming: at Ferndale (4/17), Mount Baker (4/18), Bellingham (4/21).
6. Sedro-Woolley (3): The Cubs rallied to beat Sehome late by taking advantage of the Mariners’ inability to capitalize with runners in scoring position, but followed with consecutive losses to Issaquah and Ferndale. The Cubs have scored only one run in during the past two games and are ranked in the bottom half of the conference in runs scored. (5-3, 3-1 NWC) LG: W 6-5 Sehome, L 11-1 Issaquah, L 1-0 Ferndale Upcoming: Burlington-Edison (4/18), Newport (4/19), at Squalicum (4/21).
7. Lynden (7): The Lions have now won three of their last four games after struggling to start the season. Following a one-run loss to Bellingham, Lynden bounced back with a win over Burlington-Edison and received a strong outing by pitcher Kody Ames, who pushed his record to 3-1. (5-6, 2-2 NWC) LG: L 7-6 Bellingham, W 7-4 Burlington-Edison Upcoming: at Nooksack Valley (4/18), Anacortes (4/19), Mount Baker (4/21).
8. Meridian (8): The Trojans are still looking to get back to their winning ways after dropping five of their last six games, but a win over Nooksack Valley gave Meridian a win it desperately needed. (5-5, 1-3 NWC) LG: W 4-1 Nooksack Valley, L 12-5 Bellingham Upcoming: at Squalicum (4/17), Friday Harbor (4/19), Blaine (4/21).
9. Burlington-Edison (9): The Tigers bounced back from back-to-back losses against Squalicum and Lynden to earn a win against Lynden Christian. Better news for Burlington-Edison is that it’s scored 18 runs during its last three games. (4-7, 2-2 NWC) LG: L 6-5 Squalicum, L 7-4 Lynden, W 9-6 Lynden Christian Upcoming: at Sedro-Woolley (4/18), Anacortes (4/21).
10. Lynden Christian (11): Arguably the best surprise of early Northwest Conference play, before LC’s loss to Burlington-Edison the Lyncs were tied for second in the league. LC followed its one-run win over Sehome with back-to-back victories against Blaine and Mount Baker. Senior Jamie Heystek had a big week at the plate and on the mound. (4-8, 3-2 NWC) LG: W 7-3 Blaine, W 5-4 Mount Baker, L 9-6 Burlington-Edison Upcoming: at Anacortes (4/18), La Conner (4/21).
11. Nooksack Valley (10): The Pioneers earned a couple feel-good wins against both Concrete and La Conner, but those were prefaced with a loss to Meridian. Nooksack Valley scored a combined 30 runs against its non-conference opponents. (6-4, 1-2 NWC) LG: L 4-1 Meridian, W 16-1 Concrete, W 14-4 La Conner Upcoming: Mount Baker (4/17), Lynden (4/18), Coupeville (4/19), at Ferndale (4/21).
12. Blaine (12): The Borderites are one of two winless Northwest Conference teams, but they played last week’s opponents tough. The road doesn’t get any easier, as Blaine has tough matchups in the coming weeks. (4-8, 0-4 NWC) LG: L 7-3 Lynden Christian, L 4-0 Anacortes Upcoming: Bellingham (4/17), Ferndale (4/18), at Meridian (4/21).
13. Mount Baker (13): The Mountaineers rank second to last in runs scored per game and have scored two runs or less five times this spring. Baker managed six runs total between both of its losses this week. (1-8, 0-3 NWC) LG: L 10-2 Ferndale, L 5-4 Lynden Christian Upcoming: at Nooksack Valley (4/17), at Sehome (4/18), at Lynden (4/21).
Largest rise: Bellingham up three spotsLargest drop: Sedro-Woolley down three spots