| THE SURF REPORT | SHORELINE, WASHINGTON | ISSUE 21 | VOLUME 1 |
The Phin Baseball and Softball teams closed out North Region play with four games each over the weekend. Softball looked to close strong as the Baseball team fought for an opportunity for the first playoff appearance since 1979.
Softball opened the weekend with two games against Everett Community College on Friday, May 8th. In Game 1 of the doubleheader the Phins fought tough for five innings, trailing the Trojans of Everett by two runs going into the top of the 6th. Unfortunately Everett scored 8 runs in the last two innings to extend their lead and put the Phins away by a final score of 4-13. In Game 2 the Phin bats came alive as Chelsea Foster hit a home run and Emily Jackson, Brandee Hannahs, and Hannah Baisch all recorded doubles. The Phins took a 9-6 lead into the 5th inning, but Everett again closed the game stronger scoring 5 runs and defeating the Phins 9-11.
On Saturday, May 9th the Phins traveled to Bellevue College to close out their season. In Game 1 of the doubleheader Bellevue College ran out to an early lead that they would not give up, tacking on 6 runs in the 6th inning to beat the Phins by a score of 4-14. Game 2 brought another offensive explosion from the Phins as the offense produced 12 runs in the game. Hannah Baisch hit her 4th home run of the season and Sarah Casel stole two bases to take her league leading total to 49. However all of the Phin offense as Bellevue scored 15 runs of their own to win 12-15.
The Phin Baseball team had a huge weekend series against Olympic College of Bremerton to close out their region play. A series win guaranteed the Phins a spot in the NWAC playoffs, but anything less meant an early end to their season. The weekend opened with a doubleheader on the road at Olympic. In Game 1 of the Saturday doubleheader Shoreline pitcher Henry McAree stepped up with a big time performance. McAree only gave up 3 hits through 7 complete innings on his way to a shut out. The Phin offense did just enough as Drey McInnes hit a 2 run home run in the top of the 3rd that McAree would not let go. In Game 2 the Phins could not overcome a big 4th inning that saw Olympic score 5 runs. Eventually Shoreline fell by a score of 6-15 setting up a pressure packed Sunday doubleheader. Two wins and the Phins would be looking at the 3 seed for the playoffs – a loss and our baseball season would be over.
Jesse Lieberman picks it up from here:
As the final out was recorded the Dolphins stormed onto the field. Hats went flying as cheers echoed from the crowd, for the first time since 1979 Shoreline’s baseball team will be going to the playoffs.
It was a pair of heart pounding 1 run wins over Olympic that secured the playoff berth.
The first win came behind the arm of Brad Bennett, who pitched a 7 inning complete game, only allowing one earned run.
The offense came out swinging early to back him up. In the first inning outfielder Jacob Zanon ripped a line shot into center field knocking in the first run of the game. Shoreline would grab one more run in the inning to give themselves a 2 run lead heading into the second.
Olympic would get one run back in the second on an errant throw to 3rd and then another in the fourth to tie the game up at 2 apiece.
In the bottom of the 6th Shoreline’s bats heated up once again. With a walk and a pair of hits they loaded the bases. After a ground out and a runner thrown out at home it looked as though Shoreline wouldn’t be able to cash in, until outfielder Sam Bagwell stepped up to the plate. On a 3-2 pitch Bagwell laid off an inside fastball to work a walk and bring in the go ahead run.
The one run lead was all Bennett would need as he spun a perfect 7th inning to end the game and secure the 3-2 victory.
In-between games, the freshmen on the team went out to enjoy mother’s day with their parents as the sophomores were honored on the field. After the celebration, the team got right back on the field in a must win situation. Win and the Dolphins were in the playoffs, lose a valiant season comes to an end.
After a low scoring affair in the first game, both teams’ bats would come out in full force in the second game.
The offensive tone for the game was set early as Olympic homered in the second. Not to be out done Shoreline would score 2 to in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.
Over the next 3 innings every player in the lineup for Shoreline would reach base as they scored 8 runs making the score 10-4 Shoreline heading into the 6th. Eight different players for Shoreline would chip in with RBI’s over the 10 run barrage, including a solo home run by Zanon and a triple for first basemen Jorgen Arnesen.
Olympic would put up an impressive 5 run 6th to move within one. Once Olympic moved within 1 Shoreline brought in Max Dwyer who silenced the Olympic bats with authority. Dwyer would pitch the next 4 innings only allowing 1 hit and closing the game out with a Dolphin win and a final score of 10-9.
The NWAC Super Regionals begin Saturday, May 16th with the Phins traveling to Walla Walla to play Green River at 10am.
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