Jenah Korthuis went 3 for 5 and knocked in the game-winning run to lead Lynden Christian’s softball team to an 8-7 nonconference victory against Burlington-Edison on Monday, May 11, at Lynden Christian High School.
Korthuis struggled in her first two at-bats and failed to reach base safely, but came back with three straight singles in her next three at-bats.
“In her first at-bat she struck out in a lengthy battle and in her second she struck out looking,” Lynden Christian coach Mitch Moorlag said in a phone interview. “She is our senior leader. She had that look in her eye where she said, ‘They aren’t going to get me out again,’ and she got three straight singles.”
The Lyncs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning and Burlington-Edison was able to finally tie the game in the top of the fifth inning.
“We wanted to score first and we did exactly that,” Moorlag said.
In the bottom of the fifth Lynden Christian was able tack on two more runs to regain the lead 5-3. But Burlington-Edison came back with four runs of its own in the top of the seventh to take its first lead of the game, 7-5. The Lyncs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh to put the game into extra innings.
Sam Van Loo and Riley Van Hulzen got back-to back doubles in the seventh to help the Lyncs tie the game.
“We didn’t panic,” Moorlag said.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, Felicia Moorlag got a two-out walk, Ellie Vander Veen reached base on an error, and Korthuis was able to hit in the game-winning run for Lynden Christian.
Allison Smit started for the Lyncs and pitched four innings with only three hits allowed. Van Loo came in for relief and earned the win.
Lynden Christian will take on Bellingham next at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in a doubleheader on the road.
Lynden Christian 8, Burlington-Edison 7 (8)
WP: Sam Van Loo (2-2). LP: Riley Vander Veen Highlights: Lynden Christian: Sam Van Loo 2-4, RBI; Riley Van Hulzen 2-3, 2B, 2RBI; Jenah Korthuis 3-5, RBI.