Bellingham’s softball team won its protest to pick up a game from earlier this year in the bottom of the second inning, but took a 9-2 loss on Friday, May 15, at home against Anacortes in the replay of that latter portion of the game.
Bellingham had protested after a pitched ball bounced off the Anacortes catcher’s shin into the dugout and the Red Raiders’ runner on third wasn’t allowed to advance home. They won that protest and picked up the game trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the second.
Paige Jacobsen was the runner who scored that run, and she got Bellingham’s other run in the game, finishing 3 for 3 with a double, as well. Julia Latimer was also 2 for 3 with an RBI.
“All in all I was pretty pleased with our effort,” Bellingham coach Rick Ellis said in a phone interview. “We didn’t have the greatest game our last time out against Lynden Christian, so to see them come back and play this way shows we’re district-worthy, and as a fifth seed we’re going to have to battle hard.”
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The Red Raiders finish fifth among Northwest Conference 2A teams, earning the eighth seed for the District 1 Tournament. They’ll take on top-seeded Lynden on Wednesday, May 20, at Janicki Fields in a first round game, Bellingham’s first district appearance in 10 or more years, Ellis said. First, they have to take on Lynden Christian in a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at LC.
Anacortes 9, Bellingham 2
WP: Writer. LP: Eliza Rossman (10-8). Highlights: Bellingham: Paige Jacobsen 3-3, 2b, 2 R; Julia Latimer 2-3, RBI.