Prep Baseball & Softball

Big 1st boosts Pioneers over Mountaineers

Nooksack Valley’s baseball team scored 12 runs in the first inning to take a 17-3 Northwest Conference win in four innings over Mount Baker on Thursday, April 30, at Nooksack Valley.

Cole Mattice led the Pioneers by going 2 for 3 with a run and five RBI. Taylor Gardner was 3 for 4 with three runs and three RBI, and Curtis Handy went 2 for 3 with three RBI.

“They’re a young team and we just exploded in the first inning,” Nooksack Valley coach Scott Gelwicks said in a phone interview. “It was pretty much over from there. They have kids who are improving and getting better. They kept playing hard, so they have a lot to look forward to.”

Colton Ranson was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBI for the Mountaineers, and Greg Day went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Nooksack Valley plays next at 4 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Anacortes. Mount Baker plays at 6 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Joe Martin Stadium against Squalicum.

Nooksack Valley 17, Mount Baker 3 (4)

Mount Baker

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WP: Noah Rawls (1-4). LP: Caleb Forbes (n/a). Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Taylor Gardner 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI; Curtis Handy 2-3, 3 RBI; Tanner Myhre 2-3, RBI; Cole Mattice 2-3, R, 5 RBI; Trevon Beck 2-2, RBI. Mount Baker: Grant Balvanz 1-2; Colton Ranson 1-3, 2 RBI; Greg Day 1-2, RBI.