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Sports blog: Prep baseball power rankings

As the postseason looms in the distance, here is a look at our updated baseball power rankings.

1. Ferndale (12-2, 7-0 NWC): The Golden Eagles continue rolling along as the top team in the Northwest Conference. Left-hander Kyler Schemstad has been outstanding, but most of all Ferndale can hit. It’s seven-runs-per-game average in league play is second only to Anacortes (7.7). Last week: 1

2. Anacortes (9-4, 5-2 NWC): The Seahawks bounced back nicely after being shutout against Ferndale by beating Bellingham 3-1. By beating Squalicum and now Bellingham, Anacortes has a strong grasp on NWC’s top seed in the 2A district tournament. But there’s still plenty ball of to be played. Last week: 2

3: Bellingham (6-10, 6-2 NWC): Even with a loss to Anacortes, the Red Raiders are one of the hottest club in the Northwest Conference right now. Brad Johnson and Charlie Carmichael give the team a chance to win any time they’re pitching. Last week: 4

4. Squalicum (12-3, 5-3 NWC): There’s no questioning the Storm’s pitching and defense. Both are solid. But the inability to produce at the plate has cost Squalicum in each of its three league losses. Against Anacortes, Bellingham and Sehome, the Storm were outscored a combined 8-1. Last week: 3

5. Sehome (9-6, 5-2 NWC): The Mariners draw some parallels with Squalicum when it comes to pitching and defense. Sehome has allowed eight combined runs its last six games, thanks in large part to pitchers Felix Zavisubin and Jake Albert. But the Mariners would surely like to see their 4.4 runs-per-game average in league play increase. Last week. 5

6. Burlington-Edison (8-6, 6-2 NWC): Albeit against teams resting in the lower half of the Northwest Conference standings, the Tigers have reeled off three straight league wins. They have Lynden and LC next before a huge week playing both Bellingham (April 28) and Ferndale (April 30). Last week: 7

7. Blaine (8-7, 5-3 NWC): The Borderites have come back down to earth a bit following a 4-1 start to conference play. Blaine took a respectable loss to Bellingham but followed with a really tough defeat to Sedro-Woolley. Still, the club appears worthy of a postseason berth thanks to great pitching and much-improved offense. Last week: 6

8. Lynden (5-7, 3-4 NWC): Don’t count out the Lions quite yet. They are on the outside looking in when it comes to a district berth, but Lynden has postseason pedigree and with teams such as Burlington-Edison, Anacortes and Squalicum on tap, it can take fate into its own hands. Last week: 9

9. Meridian (6-8, 2-2 NWC): The Trojans are in a bit of a downward spiral as losers of five or their last six, but Meridian still has ample time to pull it together by the time postseason play begins. Upcoming league games against Squalicum, Anacortes and Bellingham doesn’t make life easier. Last week: 8

10. Sedro-Woolley (3-10, 2-5 NWC): The Cubs snapped a seven-game losing skid with a big 3-0 win over Blaine, but Sedro-Woolley is all but eliminated from playoff contention. Last week: 11

11. Nooksack Valley (3-7, 1-4 NWC): The bad news for the Pioneers is they have lost three straight and five of their last six. The good news is they have winnable games against Lynden, Mount Baker and Lynden Christian left. Last week: 10

12. Mount Baker (1-12, 0-7 NWC): It’s been a rough season for new coach Derek Johnson and the Mountaineers, but improvements have been made each of the last two games. Baker narrowly fell to La Conner 7-6 and then played well in a lopsided loss to Blaine. Last week 13

13. Lynden Christian (2-12, 0-7 NWC): The Lyncs have struggled scoring all season, and they are still yet to score a run in league play. They should be competitive during a league matchup against Mount Baker next week. Last week 12

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