Trailing by five runs and facing one of the best pitchers in the Northwest Conference, Ferndale in the top of the seventh put the game-tying run on base.
The Golden Eagles’ come-from-behind bid fell short.
But a rally against Burlington-Edison ace Derek Cherryholmes felt like a small consolation in a game Ferndale needed to win in order to keep its hope of a league title alive.
“He’s a quality pitcher,” said Golden Eagles coach Donny Hennigs of Cherryholmes, who has two no-hitters this spring. “We knew we wanted to put together some good at-bats, and I thought for the most part of the game we did.”
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Ferndale bounced back with three runs following a Burlington-Edison four-run bottom of the fourth, but the Golden Eagles couldn’t rally late and took a 5-3 NWC loss Thursday, April 28, at Burlington-Edison High School.
Golden Eagles starting pitcher Mason Shaw, who did well escaping some early trouble, suffered the loss. The right-hander went six innings, gave us three earned runs on 12 hits and struck out two. Cherryholmes threw seven, yielding three runs on nine hits and struck out five.
“I liked the way he rebounded,” said Hennigs of Shaw. “We didn’t help him too much, but those first few innings they had guys all over the place and they didn’t score. But it takes a lot out of you.”
Max Jeffery and Matt James combined for six of Ferndale’s nine hits. Jeffrey was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while James was 3 for 4 with two RBI.
The Golden Eagles trailed 1-0 before the Tigers opened the game up in the bottom of the fourth.
Burlington-Edison batted around and took advantage of a costly error. Cherryholmes hit a clutch two-out single back up the middle that scored two runs, pushing the Tigers’ lead to 4-0, and Sean Ferdig followed with an RBI.
Ferndale then quickly got itself back within striking distance, thanks in large part to a two-out, two-RBI single from James that scored Shaw and Kyle Sandstrom and trimmed Burlington-Edison’s lead to 5-3.
Jeffrey and James reached base in the top of the seventh, but Kyler Schemstad grounded out to end the game.
“Down 5-0 going into the fifth, to have a chance to bring the winning run to the plate, that’s all you can ask for,” Hennigs said.
Burlington-Edison 5, Ferndale 3
WP: Derek Cherryholmes. LP: Mason Shaw. Highlights: Burlington-Edison: Hunter Anderson 3-4; Payton Anderson 2-4; Trey Lopez 2-4, 2 R; Derek Cherryholmes 1-3, 2 RBI; Sean Ferdig 2-4, 2 2B, RBI. Ferndale: Max Jeffrey 3-4, 2B, RBI; Matt James 3-4, 2 RBI; Kyle Sandstrom 1-4, R.