Baseball and softball wrapped up their pre-Region schedules over the weekend in preparation for the start of league. Baseball traveled east of the mountains to take on two East Region powerhouses in Walla Walla and Columbia Basin. Softball hosted South Region foe Chemeketa, but had their doubleheader against Grays Harbor canceled due to weather. Catch up with your Spring sports Phins in this week’s Surf Report.
Baseball began their weekend trip with a Saturday doubleheader against Walla Walla. The Phins took control early scoring a run in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings, respectively. Starting pitcher Sam Boone held Walla Walla scoreless through 4 innings. Walla Walla finally got on the board in the 5th inning following that run with 3 more in the 6th. Boone would leave the game after 6 innings with a no decision. Walla Walla scored in the 8th and got a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th to take the game 5-4. The Phins got doubles from Pete Pennylegion, TJ McCullough and Drey McInnes but left 5 runners on base in the game.
In Saturday’s game 2 the Phins started Peyton Mackin on the mound. Mackin turned in a strong performance only giving up 1 run through 5 innings. Mackin left the game with a 3-1 lead. The Phins extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the 7th inning when David Becker brought home Chantz Justice and Zach Zurbrugg. Walla Walla came back in the bottom of the 7th to score two runs of their own closing the Phins’ lead to just 5-4. After a scoreless 8th inning the Phins could not hold their lead in the 9th. Walla Walla scored two runs to walk off with a 6-5 victory. Justice was the only Phin with a multi hit game and had his 5th double of the season.
On Sunday the Phins traveled to Columbia Basin for a doubleheader against the #6 ranked team in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll. In game 1 of the Sunday doubleheader the Phins scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st only to see Columbia Basin score 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Unfortunately this was as close as the Phins would get as Columbia Basin went onto score 13 runs in a 13-8 victory over Shoreline. Justice and McInness were again bright spots for the Phins offense as they each had multi hit games. Justice hit his 6th double of the year and had 4 RBIs while McInness hit his 3rd triple.
In Game 2 the Phins went behind early trailing 9-3 through 6 innings. However the Phins’ bats came alive in the 7th inning as they scored 2 runs to tighten the gap. In the 9th inning the Phins scored 3 more runs but left the tying run on 3rd base dropping game 2 by a 9-8 final. Becker and Kyler Kedroske each had doubles in the Phins come back. The Phins enter North Region play with a 5-11 record with 4 1 run losses on the year. Shoreline has a weekend series with #3 ranked Edmonds on April 2nd and 3rd. The Phins will travel to Edmonds on Saturday, April 2nd for a doubleheader and then host Edmonds at 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, April 3rd.
Softball took on Chemeketa on Friday, March 26th. In game 1 of their doubleheader the Phins took an early 2-1 lead afte rthe 1st inning. Chemeketa came back with 2 runs in the 5th to take a 1 run lead of their own. Shoreline scored 2 runs over the next two innings and entered the top of the 7th with a 4-3 lead. Chemeketa scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th and the Phins could not answer for the first time dropping the game 5-4. The Phins got multi hit games from Emily Jackson, Drew Camacho and Chelsea Foster, but left 10 runner on base in the 1 run loss.
In game 2 Kathryn Goff took the mound and scattered 3 hits over 6 innings only giving up 1 run as the Phins’ bats came alive to score 9 runs. Goff got the win and the Phins walked away with a run rule 9-1 victory after just 6 innings. Alyssa Giesbers had a big day at the plate with a bases clearing triple. Every Phin batter got a hit in game 2. Jackson led the team with a double and 4 RBIs.
The split moves Shoreline to 3-3 on the year with the North Region schedule looming in the distance. On April 5th the Phins will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia to take on defending North Region champion Douglas College. The next home game for the Phins is Sunday, April 10th at 12pm and 2pm against Everett.