The Surf Report took a break last week but our Spring sports teams never skip a beat. We have a lot to cover as both teams wind down their North Region schedules with an eye to the NWAC Playoffs. Catch it all in this week’s Surf Report.
Baseball traveled to Douglas College in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, April 23rd for a doubleheader. In game 1 the Phins started ace Sam Boone on the mound. Boone went 8 shutout innings only allowing 4 base runners and 2 hits. Max Dwyer entered in the 9th and got the save as the Phins pulled out a 4-0 victory. Pete Pennylegion sparked the Phins’ offense from the lead off spot going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and an RBI. Drey McInnes had 2 doubles on the day and 2 RBIs. In game 2 the Phins fell behind 8-6 heading into the top of the 7th but used a huge 5 run 7th to take the lead. Dwyer again shut down Douglas, pitching 3 shutout innings to close out the 11-8 victory.
A rainy Seattle Sunday postponed the return of the weekend series to Tuesday, April 26th. In game 1 of the home doubleheader the Phins got another solid outing from starter Myles Gouveia. Gouveia pitched 7 innings giving up 4 hits, 1 walk and only 1 run to go with his 7 strike outs. Chantz Justice pitched a scoreless 8th to get the save and the Phins’ bats produced 11 runs on their way to a 11-1 run rule win. Six different Phins had multi hit games while 6 Phins produced an RBI. In game 2 the Phins again had to come from behind after falling behind 4-2 through 7 innings. The Phins got 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th on their way to an 8-4 victory. Dwyer once again starred on the mound as he pitched 4 innings to get the win. McInness went 2 for 4 with a triple and 4 RBIs. Zach Zurbrugg and Kyler Kedroske each added extra base hits.
Next up the Phins took on Olympic College in their second to last weekend series of their North Region schedule. On Saturday, April 30th the Phins traveled to Bremerton for the first doubleheader of the series. The story of game 1 was a dominant performance on the mound from Boone. Boone pitched a complete game shut out allowing only 4 base runners and striking out an NWAC tying record 18 batters. Boone got plenty of support from the Phins’ offense as Zurbrugg went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 3 RBIs while Ben Kussie added 2 RBIs as the Phins took the game 7-0. Game 2 was a back and forth affair with multiple lead changes. The Phins seemed to take control after 7 innings with a 8-5 lead heading into the 8th and 9th. Unfortunately errors led to a big bottom of the 8th for Olympic and the Phins could not answer in the top of the 9th dropping the game 10-8. Kussie led the Phins offense going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Justice scored 4 runs and added 2 RBIs. Tommie Bahadoor and TJ McCullough each added 2 RBIs.
The weekend series returned to Meridian Park on Sunday, May 1st with the Phins facing two must win games to keep their playoff hopes alive. In game 1 of the doubleheader Gouveia continued his consistent dominance from the mound. Gouveia scattered 5 hits over 7 innings on his way to a complete game shut out. The Phins bats showed up once again producing 10 runs to get their second run rule victory in a week. Every member of the Phins’ line up produced or scored a run in the 10-0 victory. In game 2 the Phins found themselves trailing 4-3 through 7 innings, but scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take a 6-4 lead that they would not relinquish. Connor Anderson and Justice combined on the mound to hold Olympic to 4 runs and just 5 hits.
Over the last two weekends the Phins have gone 7-1 in North Region play to push themselves into playoff contention with just 1 North Region series remaining. The Phins take on Bellevue over the weekend of May 7th and 8th in their final series. The Phins host Bellevue on Sunday, May 8th for a doubleheader starting at 12:30pm at Meridian Park.
Softball had their doubleheader with Skagit Valley postponed to Wednesday, May 11th at Skagit Valley with the doubleheader starting at 2pm. The Phins hosted Region leading Bellevue on Tuesday, April 26th. In Game 1 the Phins fell behind 6-1 after 3 innings, but fought back scoring 2 runs each in the 5th and 6th to get within striking distance heading into the 7th innings. Bellevue scored 1 insurance run in the top half of the inning. The Phins scored a run in the bottom of the 7th and had the tying runs on base but could not produce the final hit to force extra innings. Shoreline dropped the game by a final of 8-6. In game 2 the Phins took an early 2-0 lead and held the high powered Bellevue offense scoreless through the first 3 innings. Shoreline led 2-1 heading into the 5th when Bellevue’s bats came alive to produce 4 runs and take the lead. Shoreline could not match the offensive output and lost 7-3. Chelsea Foster went 2 for 3 from the plate with 2 RBIs while Emily Jackson had 2 doubles and an RBI.
On Sunday, May 1st the Phins hosted Douglas College. In their previous match up the Phins split on the road against the defending North Region champions. In game 1 Douglas flexed their offensive prowess on their way to a 12-4 victory. The bright spot for the Phins was the play of Sarah Casel and Drew Camacho. Casel went 3 for 3 and scored 2 runs with a stolen base. Camacho went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. In game 2 the Phins scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st to take an early lead. Douglas came back with 4 runs of their own in the top of the 2nd. The back and forth battle continued into extra innings with the score tied at 7. Douglas pushed 1 run across in the top of the 8th and the Phins left the tying run on base in the bottom half of the inning to drop the game 8-7. Jackson was a home run shy of the cycle going 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Shelby Reyes went 2 for 3 with a home run, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Every Phins batter got a hit in game 2.
Shoreline travels to Everett on Tuesday, May 3rd for a road doubleheader. The Phins host Edmonds on Sunday, May 8th for a doubleheader starting at 1pm. Shoreline currently sits in 4th place in the North Region standings with 10 games to go.