Prep Baseball & Softball

Pioneers rally in first for big end to regular season

Nooksack Valley’s softball team opened up an eight-run lead in the first inning and didn’t look back in a 14-0 win in five innings over Lynden Christian to close the regular season on Wednesday, May 13, at Lynden Christian in a Northwest Conference game.

Maddie Myhre was the big hitter for the Pioneers, going 3 for 4 with a double and two runs. Arlissa Oettel was also 2 for 4 with four runs for Nooksack.

“We just had that one big inning where the kids saw the ball well,” Nooksack Valley coach Tom Harmon said in a phone interview. “The nice thing was we didn’t just sit on it, knowing what kind of team LC has been. They’ve scored quite a few runs the last few games, so we knew we had to score more.”

Jenah Korthuis was the top hitter for the Lyncs, going 2 for 3.

Nooksack Valley takes the No. 2 seed among NWC 1A teams, and Lynden Christian takes the third seed. The Pioneers play next at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Janicki Fields against Cedar Park Christian Bothell. Lynden Christian takes on Sultan at the same time and place. Second-round games begin at 6 p.m. or 30 minutes after the first-round games end.

Nooksack Valley 14, Lynden Christian 0 (5)

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WP: Alexis Pike (9-3). LP: Allison Smit (n/a). Highlights: Lynden Christian: Jenah Korthuis 2-3; Avery Dykstra 1-2, 2b. Nooksack Valley: Maddie Myhre 3-4, 2b, 2 R; Arlissa Oettel 2-4, 4 R; Emilia Gimmaka 2-3, RBI; Rachel Sande 2-4, 2b, RBI.