Winning 23 straight and going a perfect 12-0 in conference will probably earn you some accolades, as Lynden’s softball team proved when the All-Northwest Conference team was announced Monday, June 1.
Lynden fireballer Tanna Benson earned the Most Valuable Player, Steve Petersen was named Coach of the Year and centerfielder Hannah Rothwell and catcher Mandy Warner were named first-team selections.
Benson was the primary pitcher for the Lions, using a speedy fastball with some good location to befuddle batters. In NWC play, the Lions only allowed 12 runs and much of that was because of Benson’s dominance in the circle. The senior also hit in the third spot for Lynden and used her bat effectively throughout the season.
Rothwell, who used a great blend of power and speed, batted fourth in a powerful Lynden lineup and the senior was essential in the Lions reaching the state tournament. Warner, another senior, played catcher and batted atop the Lions’ lineup. The Lions’ Kaylee Vis made the second team.
Ferndale was the other big face on the first team, getting three selections in the form of pitcher Lauren Maley, catcher Drew Westford and centerfielder Abigail Bauthues.
Maley, a senior, struck out 163 batters this season, Bauthues, also a senior, was a powerful force in the middle of the lineup and Westford, a sophomore, was dynamite at the plate and was one of few, if not the only, catcher to call her own game. Ferndale also had Scarlett Nyenhuis and Kadence Kane make the second team.
Also on the first team was Sehome’s 3-4 hitters Gabby Gorosave and Morgan Henry. Both seniors helped the Mariners to a whopping 9.3 runs per game including 23 runs in four district games to secure a state spot.
Mount Baker’s Aleks Toivola and Emily Yost — seniors — earned first-team selections as well. Yost played third base and batted cleanup while Toivola was a star in the circle and hit third.
Bellingham’s only first-teamer was sophomore pitcher Eliza Rossman, who also batted over .400 to go along with her sub-4.00 ERA.
The second team consisted of Nooksack Valley senior pitcher Alexis Pike, Mount Baker sophomore outfielder Jordan Miles and senior outfielder Lacey Postlewait, Lynden Christian senior pitcher Alison Smit and Sehome freshman Tori McDowell.
All-Northwest Conference Softball Team
MVP: Tanna Benson (Lynden); Coach of the Year: Steve Petersen (Lynden); First team: Brooke Writer (Anacortes), Lauren Maley (Ferndale), Gabby Gorosave (Sehome), Amber Writer (Anacortes), Morgan Henry (Sehome), Aleks Toivola (Mount Baker), Hannah Rothwell (Lynden), Drew Westford (Ferndale), Mandy Warner (Lynden), Eliza Rossman (Bellingham), Emily Yost (Mount Baker), Ashley Queen (Sedro-Woolley), Abigail Bauthues (Ferndale); Second team: Alexis Pike (Nooksack Valley), Riley VanderVeen (Burlington-Edison), Jordan Miles (Mount Baker), Kylee Lambert (Burlington-Edison), Shelby Starkovich (Anacortes), Brooke Riordan (Anacortes), Scarlett Nyenhuis (Ferndale), Lacey Postlewait (Mount Baker), Kadence Kane (Ferndale), Suzie Lubanski (Sedro-Woolley), Kaylee Vis (Lynden), Alison Smit (Lynden Christian), Tori McDowell (Sehome).