The Nooksack Valley softball team earned a 5-2 non-conference victory Tuesday, March 4, at Mount Baker in a defensive battle.
Alexis Pike (2-0) walked two and struck out three while pitching the complete game for the Pioneers. Pike was also 1 for 4 at the plate with a triple and an RBI.
Brianna Turner was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Olivia Burkan was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a double for Nooksack.
For Mount Baker, Lacey Postlewait was 3 for 4, Aleks Toivola was 1 for 4 with a double and Emily Brandland took the loss in the circle.
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Nooksack Valley coach Tom Harmon said the game was all about the defensive efforts.
“It was a pretty solid defensive game by both teams,” Harmon said in a phone interview, “so we were fortunate to take advantage of the opportunities.”
The Pioneers play next at Bellingham at 3:30 p.m. and the Mountaineers host Sedro-Woolley at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
NOOKSACK VALLEY 5, MOUNT BAKER 2
WP: Alexis Pike (2-0). LP: Emily Brandland. Highlights: Mount Baker: Lacey Postlewait 3-4; Aleks Toivola 1-4, 2B . Nooksack Valley: Brianna Turner 2-4, 2B, RBI; Alexis Pike 1-4, 3B, RBI; Olivia Burkan 1-4, RBI, 2B.