The start of Spring signals the start of the North Region schedule for our Baseball and Softball teams. Baseball opened their North Region tilt with a weekend series against Skagit Valley. The Phins traveled to Mt. Vernon on Saturday for the first doubleheader. In game 1 the Phins struggled to get anything going offensively. Shoreline gave up a run in the 3rd and the 5th and trailed 0-2 into the bottom of the 8th. Skagit tacked on 5 runs in the inning pulling out a 7-0 win. Kory Longaker, Harrison Jacobs, and Zach Zurbrugg each had multi hit games for the Phins, but only one other Shoreline batter reached base.
In game 2 the Phins wasted no time in breaking their scoring drought as Zurbrugg connected on a 3-run home run in the top of the 1st inning. That’s all the production the Phins would need as Jake Jewell, Tyler Wingert, and Bryce Foster combined to hold Skagit Valley to just 2 runs. The Phins got an insurance run in the top of the 8th as they pulled out a 4-2 win.
On Sunday the teams returned to Shoreline to wrap up the weekend with a doubleheader at Meridian Park. The Phins controlled most of game 1 holding a 4-0 lead after the 4th inning. Skagit scored 5 in the top of the 5th to take a brief one run lead. The Phins answered in the bottom of the 5th to tie the score. Both teams remained scoreless through 9 innings sending the game to extra innings. Shoreline had base-runners on in the bottom of the 9th and 10th but could not get anyone across to finish the game out. In the bottom of the 12th the Phins loaded the bases with 1 out and Sheldon Rouzan at bat. Rouzan drew a walk to score the winning run giving the Phins a 6-5 victory. Longaker and David Becker led the Phins with multi hit games and an RBI each. Foster scored a run and had 2 RBIs.
In game 2 Skagit took an early lead and never looked back on their way to an 8-1 victory and a split of the weekend. The bright spot for the Phins came from Chris Watkins. Watkins went 2 for 4 and raised his batting average to .500. With the series split the Phins are now 14-7 overall and 2-2 in the North Region. Next up the Phins have a weekend series with Olympic. Shoreline will travel to Bremerton on Saturday, April 8th for a doubleheader. The series will return to Shoreline on Sunday, April 8th for a doubleheader starting at 12:30pm.
Softball traveled to British Columbia to take on Douglas College on Saturday, April 1st. In game 1 the Phins fell behind early giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning. Douglas added 4 runs in the 3rd. Shoreline brought back 2 runs in the top of the 6th, but Douglas scored 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull away for a 10-2 win. Shelby Reyes led the Phins going 3 for 4 with a triple.
In game 2 Shoreline took an early 2-0 lead on back to back doubles from Dakota Green and Jeralyn Pasoquen. Douglas scored 4 runs over the next two innings to take a 4-2 lead. The Phins answered back with 2 more runs in the top of the 5th to tie the score. In the next two innings Douglas would go onto score 8 runs to take a 12-4 victory. The Phins were undone by their own defense as 5 errors led to 10 unearned runs. Pasoquen led the Phins with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
On Sunday, April 2nd the Phins hosted Skagit Valley at Meridian. The Phins trailed by 1 run heading into the bottom of the 4th when Maleah Woodley got a Phins rally started with a lead off double. Hope Lawrence brought Woodley in with a single to tie the game at 2. Taylor Carpenter scored the go ahead run later in the inning off a Meggan Van Berg sacrifice fly. Cheyanne Garcia hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 5th and the Phins scored another run in the 6th on their way to a 5-3 victory. Lawrence pitched a complete game scattering 10 hits over 7 innings while striking out 7 batters.
In game 2 the Phins gave up 7 runs before finaly getting one of their own across. Skagit would finish with 10 runs scored taking a 10-1 victory and split of the doubleheader. The Phins are now 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the expanded Softball North Region. Shoreline looks to bounce back as they host Everett on Tuesday, April 3rd at Hamlin Park. The doubleheader starts at 12:30pm.