The Surf Report – April 22


After a week hiatus The Surf Report is back with all your latest Phin Baseball and Softball news. Both teams have had an exciting two weeks of competition with regional play and an inter-region crossover.

Softball continued North Region play on April 11th with two games on the road against the Everett College Trojans.  Both games saw the Phin offense struggle to produce runs against the Trojan pitching. Shoreline came away with 2 losses by the score of 1-6 and 6-22.

The bright spot for the Dolphins in game one was centerfielder Sarah Casel. Casel scored the lone Phin run, stole 2 bases and reached base twice.  In game two Casel continued her strong individual performance with 2 more runs and 2 more stolen bases. Brandee Hannahs added 2 RBIs, but the Dolphin offense could not over come an early 14 run deficit.

Softball hosted their first home region games on April 12th against perennial power Bellevue College. The Phins again dropped two games to one of the region leaders this time by scores of 6-22 and 7-12. Game 1 of the doubleheader exploded in the final inning as Bellevue scored 9 runs in the top of the 6th inning to push the game out of reach. In game 2 the Phins made a late come back scoring 3 runs but fell short while leaving 3 runners on base.

Sarah Casel went 5-8 in the doubleheader with 3 runs scored and another stolen base. The Phins hit 3 home runs over the two games with Emily Jackson, Madeline Roberts and Brittany Kampert all hitting their first home runs on the season.

The Phins traveled to Yakima Valley College April 18th – 19th for their annual NWAC Crossover. With a break from North Region play the Phins looked to build confidence going into their final stretch of the season. And that’s exactly what the Dolphin Softball team created as they came away with 2 wins from the weekend.

The Phins opened the tournament with tough matchups against the #3 ranked SW Oregon Lakers and the #2 ranked Clackamas Community College Cougars. The Phins battled the #3 Lakers to a tough 5-7 loss to open the tournament. In their second match up the Phins struggled against #2 Clackamas losing 0-16. Day 2 of the NWAC Crossover brought great success for the Phin Softball team. They opened the day with a big 15-13 win against the host Yakima Valley Yaks and continued their strong offensive output with a win over the Blue Mountain Timberwolves by a score of 10-7.

Softball next hosts Edmonds Community College at Meridian Park in Shoreline on Saturday, April 25th with a double header starting at 6pm.

The Phin Baseball team is right in the middle of the playoff hunt in the North Region with only 3 weekend series left to go. Below is the recap of the last two weekends for the Dolphins.

On Friday, April 10th the Dolphins traveled to Everett Community College to take on the Trojans in the first game of their weekend series. The Trojans jumped out to an early lead, but an 8th inning rally brought the Phins right back into the game. Down 2-6 going into the top of the 8th, Shoreline scored 3 runs thanks to 3 hits and 3 errors by the Trojans. The only number 3 that looked bad in the box score was the 3 baserunners LOB at the end of the inning. The Phins would not score in the top of the 9th eventually dropping the game 5-6.

In game 2 on Saturday, April 11th a pitching duel between the Phins’ Myles Gouviea and the Trojans Tate Budnick led to a low scoring affair where runs were only scored in one half inning. The Trojans got hot in the bottom of the 4th and scored 3 runs to win the game 0-3. Gouviea stepped up for the Phins in a losing effort and pitched a complete game allowing the bullpen to rest for the remaining games on Sunday.

The series switched to the Phins’ home field at Meridian Park on Sunday with a doubleheader. The Dolphins came up with a huge win against the league leading Trojans by a score of 5-0. Brad Bennett followed up Gouviea’s complete game with one of his own while shutting out the Trojans and limiting them to just 4 hits. The Phin offense used two scoring innings to put the game out of reach. The offense was led by centerfielder Jacob Zanon and his 3 hits.

In game two of the doubleheader the Phins lost an early lead to fall 3-6 and lose the series to the Trojans 3 games to 1. The Dolphins held the lead going into the top of the 6th inning but 2 runs from Everett and 3 more in the top of the 9th ended the chances for a series split.

On Saturday, April 18th the Phins crossed the border to take on Douglas College in BC, Canada. In game 1 of the series Myles Gouviea again pitched an outstanding complete game giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits. Unfortunately the Phins’ bats could not provide support and Shoreline dropped the game by a score of 0-2. In game 2 of the series the Phins bounced back for a big extra innings win on the road by a final score of 5-4. The Phins trailed throughout the game until a late run in the top of the 8th inning tied the score 4-4. In the top of the 11th the Phins pushed one more run past the plate to win the game 5-4.

On Sunday, April 19th the series returned to Shoreline and Meridian Park. Brad Bennett pitched his second straight complete game holding Douglas to just 1 run on 6 hits. The Phin offense provided some punch with Jacob Zanon again leading the way with a 3-4 performance from the plate. Third basemen Brent Firth hit a 2 run home run and Sam Ballweg also went 3-4 from the plate.

In the final game of the series the Phins combined a great pitching performance by Henry McAree and the bullpen with an offensive explosion to take the game 9-1 and win the series 3 games to 1. McAree gave up 1 run on 5 hits through 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. The bullpen came into hold Douglas scoreless the rest of the game on only 4 hits. The Phin offense put 9 runs on the board to win the game by a final score of 9-1. Drew McInnes went 4-4 from the plate, scored a run and had an RBI. Zanon continued his stellar season with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Jorgen Arnesen had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

With the series win against Douglas the Phins moved into sole possession of 3rd place in the North Region standings and improved their record to 14-14 overall and 6-6 in league. Next up for the Shoreline Baseball team is a series with Skagit Valley. Their next home game is Sunday, April 26th at Meridian Park. The home doubleheader starts at 1pm on Sunday.




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