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Sports Blog: NWC softball power rankings

Northwest Conference softball power rankings through April 9.

Ferndale (7-1 overall, 2-0-0 NWC): Ferndale's offense is simply potent. Abigail Bauthues, Kadence Kane, Dana Ebe, Scarlett Nyenhuis - it's simply a nightmare for opposing pitchers to face this lineup. Lauren Maley is 6-1 in the circle, as well.

Sedro-Woolley (6-1, 1-0): The Cubs return a strong lineup, and always have a top program. There's no difference this season.

Lynden (5-2, 2-0): The Lions struggled in their loss to Ferndale on March 20, but they have pieced together three straight wins, riding strong pitching performances from Hannah Rothwell in the process.

Blaine (4-2, 1-0): Lexi Greguski and Mikayla Deming both went deep for Blaine in a tight 9-7 win over Lynden Christian on Monday, April 7. That bodes well for the Borderites moving forward.

Anacortes (4-3, 0-1): The Seahawks have shown that if anything, they can win close games. Three of their four wins have come by three runs or less.

Burlington-Edison (2-4, 1-0): The early-season schedule hasn't done the Tigers any favors with matchups against Ferndale, Sedro-Woolley and Anacortes, but they've played all the teams tough despite losses.

Mount Baker (5-3, 1-1): Aleks Toivola isn't going to blow anyone away in the circle, but she's one of the most consistent pitchers in the conference for coach Ron Lepper, and she always gives them a chance to win.

Nooksack Valley (3-2, 1-1): Chloe Gardner and Melanie Brown make up two of the better hitters in the NWC for coach Tom Harmon. If the pitching is good, the Pioneers are looking at potentially another long run in the 1A playoffs.

Sehome (1-5, 1-0): The Mariners struggled in the early part of the season, losing their first five, but a 10-0 win over LC may show that things are starting to come around for the club.

Lynden Christain (4-3, 0-2): Shelby Brown and Jenah Korthuis are big hitters for the Lyncs, but they have to be able to stop teams from scoring nearly nine runs a game right now.

Bellingham (3-4, 0-2): The Red Raiders came out strong with wins over Squalicum and Meridian in non-conferene games, but if they want to keep up the resurgent season, they are going to have to do it in league games where it matters most.

Meridian (1-5, 0-2): Kendra Holmes leads a young group, and the experience under the new coaching staff right now should see this team grow throughout the season.

Squalicum (0-8, 0-1): The Storm can't stop people from scoring, and that's going to be a problem as the years goes on.

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