3/23/18: Lynden Christian pitcher Payton Robertson. The Lyncs beat Bellingham 6-4 at Joe Martin Field. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Lynden Christian tops Bellingham in NWC opener
March 23, 2018
The Lynden Christian Lyncs build an early lead and withstood a late rally to beat Bellingham 6-to-4 Friday night in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams at Joe Martin Field. Shane Whittern's 3-run double in the top the 6th inning proved to be the difference maker as the Lyncs won for the 6th time in their last 7 outings.
The Lyncs scored 6 runs of seven hits with three errors to improve to 6-and-2 overall and 1-and-0 in Northwest Conference play. Bellingham (0-6 overall/0-1 NWC) is still looking for their first win of the season after posting 4 runs on five hits with four errors.
LC coach Daniel VanderKooi had high praise for the 6th inning blast from Whittern "He stayed on that ball and he drove that ball deep to center with the win blowing in." That was a huge hit in this game, " said VanderKooi. "We needed those runs."
LISTEN HERE to The Doug Lange Network postgame interviews with CF Shane Whittern & Daniel VanderKooi
Payton Robertson picked up the win on the mound going 6 innings and striking out 7 batters. Luke Johnson loaded the bases and gave up a run in the 7th inning before picking up the save for Lynden Christian.
Ethan Bershauer took the loss for Bellingham after striking out 4 batters over 5-and-1/3 innings of work.
The Lyncs are next in action Monday when they host Anacortes. Bellingham plays Sehome Monday at Joe Martin Field.
- Doug Lange
3/23/18: Lynden Christian coach Daniel VanderKooi Photo: Doug Lange
I3/23/18: Bellingham coach A.J. Mathews
Photo: Doug Lange