The Mount Baker softball team rode a seven-run sixth inning to defeat Lynden 7-5 on Friday, April 25, at Mount Baker in a Northwest Conference matchup.
Lynden jumped on the board against starter Aleks Toivola in the top of the first, prefacing a Hannah Rothwell three-run home run in the top of the third to build the Lions’ lead to 4-0. Another run in the top of the fifth looked to have Lynden well on its way to a win, but Mount Baker finally started to get to starter Tanna Benson.
“We were just kind of off balance,” Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said in a phone interview. “Benson did a good job mixing her pitches around. We couldn’t get anything solid at her.”
The Mountaineers were able to put together six hits mixed in with a few walks, scoring all seven of their runs with two outs to secure the big league win.
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“The fifth inning, sixth inning we were able to put it all together,” Lepper said. “We put some better at-bats together and hung around.”
Rothwell finished 2 for 4 with three RBI, and Benson and Mandy Warner also added two hits for Lynden. Lacey Postlewait had a big day for the Mountaineers, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Toivola, who got the win in the circle, was 2 for 4 with two key RBI.
Mount Baker (9-3, NWC 5-1) next faces Burlington-Edison on Monday, April 28, while Lynden (8-4, NWC 5-2) isn’t in action again until Wednesday, April 30, against Lynden Christian.
MOUNT BAKER 7, LYNDEN 5Lynden 103 010 0 — 5 10 1Mount Baker 000 007 x — 7 10 1WP: Aleks Toivola (8-1). LP: Tanna Benson (NA). Highlights: Lynden: Hannah Rothwell 2-4 HR 3RBI, Tanna Benson 2-4, Mandy Warner 2-4. Mount Baker: Lacey Postlewait 3-4 2B RBI, Jordan Miles 2-4 RBI, Aleks Toivola 2-4 2RBI.