Ferndale’s softball team defeated Squalicum behind a big third inning, 21-1 in four innings on Tuesday, May 5, at Squalicum in a Northwest Conference matchup.
The Golden Eagles scored 14 runs in the third to break out a big enough lead that held for the win. Abigail Bauthues led Ferndale at the plate by going 2 for 3 wtih a pair of RBI and a double.
Amanda Baker also was lights-out in the circle for Ferndale, holding Squalicum to only two hits.
“Their pitcher, Baker, did a good job of dropping the ball in the zone and it moved well,” Squalicum coach Loran Zenonian said in a phone interview. “She did a good job painting the corners and had eight strikeouts, so she did a good job.”
Squalicum managed to get back a run in the bottom half of that big third inning, but that would be all it could get across the plate. Makayla Poirier was 1 for 2 with a double and the Storm’s only RBI. Amanda Chandler was also 1 for 2 with a double for Squalicum.
The Storm did flash some heads-up play on defense, though. With the bases loaded in the first inning, Mariana Madera grabbed a hard-hit grounder at third and stepped on her bag before firing a throw to Chandler at home for the double play. That timely action helped Squalicum get out of the first inning without giving up a run.
“That was a great play,” Zenonian said. “We’re right there. We have girls who are learning to pitch, but our defense and hitting is close to where it should be. If we can get out of a jam in an inning or make plays you should, those are the small successes we need.”
The Storm gave up 17 walks to Ferndale. Lauren Maley was another big Golden Eagle hitter on the day, going 1 for 3 with a double and three RBI.
Squalicum hosts Mount Baker at 4 p.m. Monday, May 11, for a double header. Ferndale takes on Burlington-Edison at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at home.
Ferndale 21, Squalicum 1 (4)
WP: Amanda Baker (n/a). LP: Anna Wilson (0-4). Highlights: Ferndale: Lauren Maley 1-3, 2b, 3 RBI; Abigail Bauthues 2-3, 2 RBI, 2b. Squalicum: Amanda Chandler 1-2, 2b; Makayla Poirier 1-2, 2b, RBI.