Prep Baseball & Softball

Lyncs stumble in shutout loss to Wolverines

Lynden Christian’s baseball team suffered a tough 11-0 loss in six innings to Friday Harbor on Wednesday, March 18, at home.

A four-run first and five-run fifth gave the Wolverines an inside track to a win.

Ty VanDyken was 2 for 3, Alex VanderVelden was 2 for 2 and Taiji VanDalen went 1 for 2 for the Lyncs.

VanderVelden took the loss in his first varsity pitching experience.

“Their pitcher was pretty good tonight. We’ve seen him a few times before,” Lynden Christian coach Desi Luna said in a phone interview. “We just couldn’t square any pitches up today. Alex threw four innings and Tanner (Jansen) threw two. I knew it was going to be tough early since most of these guys have never pitched before. Alex struggled early with the strike zone, but then he settled in for the next few innings and our defense let us down. It’s just something you don’t pick up overnight. He’s going to get better and he got better today.”

Lynden Christian takes on Burlington-Edison at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at home.

Friday Harbor 11, Lynden Christian 0 (6 inn.)

Friday Harbor

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WP: Lawson (n/a). LP: Alex VanderVelden (0-1). Highlights: Lynden Christian: Ty VanDyken 2-3, Alex VanderVelden 2-2; Taiji VanDalen 1-2. Friday Harbor: Lawson 2-5; Allen 2-3.