4/23/18: Squalicum pitcher Gracie Nguyen. Photo: Doug Lange
Squalicum hands Lynden Christian first loss
April 23, 2018
Gracie Nguyen pitched the Squalicum Storm to their biggest win of the season Monday knocking off powerhouse Lynden Christian at home. With an 11-3 victory, the Storm dealt the Lyncs their first loss of the season
Nguyen stuck out 12 batters in the complete game victory that snapped a two-game losing streak for Squalicum. Tied at 2 in the bottom off the 3rd inning, the Storm proceeded to put the game away by scoring three runs each in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings.
Squalicum improved to 8-and-4 overall and 4-and-3 in Northwest Conference play.
Storm head coach Amanda Flores called the win a huge turnaround for the program. "I think this game really says what we've been working for as far as on and off the field and it all came together today."
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Squalicum coach Amanda Flores
With the loss Lynden Christian falls to 13-and-1 overall and 6-and-1 in the NWC.
Lyncs head coach Mitch Moorlag tried to put the loss in perspective for a team that shares many players with the undefeated LC state champions girls basketball team. "Losing is not normal for them. That's a culture we thrive on and yet it does build pressure, externally, maybe internally, said Moorlag. "So to get that one done now...not a bad thing, especially if we can learn from it.
Both teams are back in action Tuesday. Squalicum plays host to Nooksack Valley while Lynden Christian travels to Lakewood.
- Doug Lange
4/23/18: Squalicum celebrates after a 11-3 win over Lynden Christian. Photo: Doug Lange
4/23/18: Squalicum head coach Amanda Flores talks to one of her players. Photo: Doug Lange
4/23/18: Lynden Christian head coach Mitch Moorlag Photo: Doug Lange