Prep Baseball & Softball

Lynden clinches state tournament berth

The Bellingham Herald

For the fourth time in five seasons, the Lions are heading to the Class 2A State Tournament. And they did so by beating an old nemesis.

Game ball in hand, Lynden sophomore Trevin Hope walked off Volunteer Park in Anacortes with a mile-wide grin.

“It’s awesome,” Hope said. “Feeling this game ball in my hand, it’s like nothing else I’ve really felt before. I’ve been in a lot of big games in my years, but nothing has compared to this.”

The Lions, facing a strong-hitting Archbishop Murphy club, needed a pitcher who could effectively change speeds in order to keep the Wildcats off-balance.

Hope’s curveball and changeup did just the trick.

Hope threw seven innings of one-run ball, yielding seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks, and Jordan Holmstrom broke out of a funk with a clutch two-run double to lead Lynden to a state berth with a 4-1 Class 2A District Tournament semifinal win Tuesday, May 10.

The win advances the Lions (17-3) to the district title game where they will face Cedarcrest at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Volunteer Park in Anacortes.

“We’ve got the utmost respect for ATM,” said Lynden coach Cory White, whose teams lost to the Wildcats in the 2A title game in 2012 and were bounced from state again in 2013. “They always hit the ball so well. You have to keep them off-balance. (Hope) did such a good job. We really focused on being able to throw the off-speed curveball, change up today, and he was able to do that early on.”

The only run Hope gave up came in the bottom of the first, and Lynden knotted the game the following inning thanks to a Dalton Ohligschlager RBI double.

The Lions opened the game up in the top of the sixth when Hope led of the inning with his second hit of the game. Anthony Garcia walked, which set up a one-out, two-RBI double from Holmstrom that put Lynden in front 3-1. An ATM fielding error allowed the Lions to take a 4-1 advantage.

“He just squared one up and hit one really well,” White said of Holmstrom’s double. “He’s a strong kid, another sophomore that made a big play for us.”

Cedarcrest 4, Blaine 1

The Borderites ran into strong-throwing Cedarcrest pitcher Jacob Jewell, and Blaine was unable to recreate the same magic it had during its opening-round win against NWC champion Burlington-Edison.

Blaine managed only three hits and took a 3-1 loss during a Class 2A District Tournament semifinal game at Daniels Field in Anacortes.

Now the Borderites need to win back-to-back in order to clinch a state berth. Blaine (13-9) faces Anacortes next at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Daniels Field in Anacortes in the first of two must-wins.

“We didn’t make very many adjustments at the plate,” Blaine coach Larry Hoffman said. “We battled a little but, but we didn’t make enough adjustments to put any pressure on (Jewell).”

A crucial second-inning error on an overthrow cost the Borderites a couple runs. Cedarcrest led 4-0 in the fourth before Blaine scored its only run in the fifth after Anthony Ball came around to score following his single.

Burlington-Edison 8, Sehome 7 (8)

Hunter Anderson hit a walk-off double in the eighth inning to end Sehome’s season 8-7 in a Class 2A District Tournament at Daniels Field in Anacortes.

Sehome (15-7) led 6-2 until the fifth inning when Sean Ferdig hit a three-run home run to bring the Tigers within two runs. Burlington-Edison tacked on one in the sixth and another in the seventh to send the game to extra innings where Anderson hit the game-winner.

“We left too many guys on base,” coach Monte Walton said. “We needed to add on after going up 6-2.”

Burlington-Edison 8, Sehome 7 (8)

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WP: Trey Lopez. LP: Evan Kingma (3-1). Highlights: Sehome: Shane Jamison 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R; Kealohi Grondin 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI; Owen Wright 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI.

Lynden 4, Archbishop Murphy 1

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WP: Trevin Hope. LP: Houston Schmutz. Highlights: Lynden: Trevin Hope 2-3, BB; Jordan Holmstrom 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Marcos Vanerveen 1-2, 2 BB.

Cedarcrest 4, Blaine 1

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WP: Jacob Jewell. LP: Jon Gunderson.

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