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“The philosophy of the Lynden Baseball program is that we believe the values and ideals from participating in athletics can teach a young man life-long lessons which will benefit him in the future. Teaching a student-athlete the values of hard work, following directions, being on time, building a foundation of fundamentals, teamwork, support, overcoming odds, obstacles, and adversities, and doing more than one thought capable are the hallmarks of our program. These young men will be our future leaders. The characteristics we are teaching our student athletes today will lead our community in setting standards for tomorrow’s youth.”

Game #13
Ferndale Golden Eagles 8 Lynden Lions 5
April 11th, 2006 @ Ferndale
Overall record 6-7
League record 2-5

Game Notes: Missed opportunities for the Lions and extra opportunities for the Golden Eagles was the theme of this league game. The Lion batsmen left 8 runners in scoring postion in this big Northwest League matchup. The Lions outhit the Eagles 9-7, but not capitalizing on the opportunities was what eventually caught up with the Lions. The Lions committed 4 big errors in the contest, of which 3 of the batters eventually scored. Marcus VanderPloeg gave up 6 runs in his four innings of work (9K, 4BB, 6H, 6R, 2WP, 1HBP). The defense did not help VanderPloeg committing 3 of the 4 errors while he was on the bump. Offensively Brock Anderson still continues to have the hot bat. Brock ended the day, 2-4, 2B, 1RBI. The Lions scored early in the contest. Jordan Head singled and scored on Brock Anderson's double. Ferndale answered right back in the bottom 1/2 of the first. Casey Locker went to first on a HBP, and scored on Hennings Double. Chris Lott's two run bomb to left put the Lions up 3-1. Nate Libolt singled and anvanced on Chas Kok's sac bunt. Chris hit a 0-1 fastball into the tall grass beyond the leftfield fence. An error, single, and stolen base set the table for Casey Locker's two run single that tied the game 3-3. Another Lynden error to start the bottom 1/2 of the 3rd, hurt as it came around to score. Ferndale tacked on 2 more in the bottom of the 4th. A single by Casey Locker, a walk to Hennings, and a sac bunt, allowed Hanson to hit a 2 RBI single to make the score 6-3. Ferndale scored one earned and one unearned run in the 5th to go ahead 8-3. Lynden scored 2 in the 6th. Michael Hagerty started it out with a 1 out double. Taylor Martin singled, and Hagerty scored on a wild pitch. Jordan Head walked, and the Eagles got Anderson to pop up to the shortstop. Cody Gunst singled in Taylor Martin from 3rd, advancing Head to second and leaving courtsey runner Dillon Lanksbury on first. Poor baserunning ended the Lions rally. The Lions went down 1,2,3 in the top 1/2 of the 7th ending the game 8-5. Ferndale travels to Lynden on April 17 to complete the two game set. Game time 4:00.

Game #12
Lynden Lions 12 Meridian Trojans 11
April 7th, 2006 @ Meridian
Overall record 6-6
League record 2-4

Game Notes: The fans saw a lot of scoring in this non-league slugfest as the two teams combined for 17 hits and 23 runs in a game hosted by the Trojans. Tate Norris held the Lynden hitters scoreless for the first two innings. Lynden had runners on second and third with one out, but Kyle Gunst flew out to shallow right field and Chris Lott hit a soft come backer to the mound. Meridian's Anderson hit a solo shot of Taylor Martin giving the Trojans a 1-0. Lynden answered the bell by scoring 3 in the third. Taylor Martin helped himself on the mound by hitting a double to get the inning started. Senior shortstop Jordan Head then singled in Martin. The next pitch left the yard off the bat of senior first baseman Brock Anderson. The Lions now had the lead 3-1. Taylor Martin struggled in the bottom half of the third. After retiring Slesk to start the inning, three walks and a double bounced Martin from the game (2 1/3 inn, 14AB, 0K, 6BB, 2H, 5R, 4ER, 2WP) who was replaced by Junior Kyle Gunst. At the end of four, the Trojans had a 5-3 over the Lions. The Lions capitalized on some mishaps from the Trojans. Norris began to tire for the Trojans two walks and an error loaded the bases for the Lions. Coach Fry made a pitching change for the Trojans replacing Norris with Brannen. It did not take long for Brock Anderson to greet him into the game as he sent his first pitch thrown out of the yard for a GRAND SLAM!!! The only question about it was how far was it going to go. Meridians right fielder took one step and gave up on it. In two pitches Anderson has two bombs, and 6 RBI. Gunst shut down Meridian in the 4th leaving the score 7-5 Lynden. In the 5th, the Lions picked up two more runs. A walk to Gunst who then advanced to second on a ground out by Chris Lott, scored on Michael Hagerty's double to centerfield. On a 2-2 pitch, Taylor Martin singled in Hagerty leaving the score Lynden 9-5. Meridian came right back in the bottom 1/2 of the 5th scoring 4 to tie the game. After three straight walks, Gunst was replaced by Junior Chas Kok. Chas retired the first batter, but then three consecutive singles and a passed ball allowed the Trojans to score 4 and tie the game up at 9. Brock stung the ball again for a double (3-4, 2B, 2HR, 1BB, 6RBI) to start the inning and then scored on a single stung by Ross Renick. After a walk and a past ball, Renick scored from 3rd on a sac fly hit by Chas Kok. Chas got the Trojan hitters 1,2,3 in the bottom of the sixth. Looking for some insurance runs in the 7th, Jordan Head provided some fireworks for the Lions. After he was plunked, a wild pitch and a passed ball moved him to third. With two outs and the bases loaded, Head stole home on a straight steal which ended up to be the game winner as the Trojans scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th, leaving the tying run at third. The Lions travel to Ferndale on Tuesday opening up a two game set with the Golden Eagles as the Lions return to Northwest League action.

Game #11
Lynden Lions 2 Squalicum 0
April 6th, 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 5-6
League record 2-4

Game Notes: Senior pitcher/first baseman Brock Anderson not only won the game for the Lions on the mound, he also did it with his bat. In the bottom 1/2 of the 1st inning, after a Jordan Head single, Brock Anderson's RBI double, scoring Head from first ended up being the game winner for the Lions. Senior Catcher Cody Gunst singled Anderson to third, and Junior right fielder Ross Renick singled in Anderson, giving the Lions an added insurance run they would not need. The story of the game was the pitching of Anderson. After two tough league losses for Anderson against Anacortes, and the heartbreaker in the bottom 1/2 of the 7th against Sehome, Brock finally got the first league win he was searching for. Brocks stats for the day were as follows (7IP, 29AB, 16K, 2BB, 3H). The other 7 outs came on 3 infield ground balls, 2 fly balls to the outfield, 1 infield pop up, and a soft liner back to Anderson. The Storm threatened in the 4th. Thompson singled, and a stolen base, and a wild pitch advanced him to third, but three straight strike outs ended the rally. Again in the 5th, the Storm advanced a runner to third on a single, sac bunt and a wild pitch, but again two K's ended the threat. The Lions ended the day with only 5 hits, but the runs in teh 1st provided enough for the win. Brock was 1-3 with a double and an RBI, Cody Gunst was 2-3, and Ross Renick was 1-3 with a RBI. The Lions complete the sweep of the Storm helping them to a 2-4 NWL record. The Lions travel to Laurel tomorrow for a non-league matchup with the Trojans.

Game #10
Lynden Lions 3 Squalicum 2
April 4th, 2006 @ Joe Martin Stadium
Overall record 4-6
League record 1-4

Game Notes: The Lions traveled to torn up Joe Martin Stadium for a night game against the Squalicum Storm in a game where both teams were looking for their first Northwest League win. The Lions sent Senior Marcus VanderPloeg to the hill, and the Storm sent hard throwing Senior Rhett Fenton to the bump. The game turned out to be a classic pitching match-up between the two. The two threw 3 ˝ scoreless innings before the Storm got on the board first. Ebbesen reached first on a 1-2 curveball that tagged him on the leg. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then to third on a past ball. After a fly out and a ground out, Ebbesen scored on an RBI single by Sanford to make the score 1-0 Squalicum. After being retired in order in the 5th, the Lions threatened in the 6th. After back to back strikeouts by Chris Lott and Taylor Martin, Jordan Head got the rally going with a four pitch walk. Brock Anderson singled, and Cody Gunst drew a walk to load the bases. On a 0-1 count, Fenton got Ross Renick to ground out when he sawed him off with an inside fastball. Renick sent a dribbler back to the mound to Fenton who tossed it over to first to end the threat. Squalicum scored again in the bottom of the 6th. Fenton singled and stole second two pitches later. Fenton scored on an error by Brock Anderson, giving the Storm a 2-0 lead going into the 7th inning. Fenton got pinch hitter Nathan Libolt to ground out to start the inning off. A single by Tyler DeZeeuw and an error by the Storm shortstop allowed Chas Kok to safely reach first base. Dillon Lanksbury hitting for Lott, hit into a fielders choice forcing out Kok at second. One pitch into Taylor Martin’s at bat with 2 outs, Rhett Fenton had to leave the game with an apparent arm injury. Squalicum brought in Ebbesen from first to finish the game. Martin greeted him by lacing a single to right scoring DeZeeuw from third. Solid base running by Lanksbury allowed him to score from first as he slide under the tag as the Storm catcher dropped the ball. Martin advanced to second on the play at the plate. Jordan Head got hit on a 3-2 fastball, giving the Lions runners at first and second. Brock Anderson singled in Martin giving the Lions a 3-2, scoring all runs with 2 outs. Marcus retired the Storm in order in the bottom of the 7th. A fly out, a ground out, and a strike out ended the night for the storm, giving the Lions their first league win of the 2006 season. Marcus had a solid evening on the hill for the Lions (7 inn, 26 AB, 8K, 1BB, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1WP, 2HP). The Lions host the Storm on Thursday to complete the two game set.

Game #9
Lynden Christian Lyncs 5 Lynden Lions 2
April 3rd, 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 3-6
League record 0-4

Game Notes: The Lion

Game #8
Sehome Mariners 3 Lynden Lions 2
March 30th 2006 @ Sehome
Overall record 3-5
League record 0-4

Game Notes: The Lion

Game #7
Sehome Mariners 12 Lynden Lions 0
March 28th 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 3-4
League record 0-3

Game Notes: The Lion

Game #6
Lynden Lions 6 Blaine Borderites 0
March 24th 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 3-3
League record 0-2

Game Notes: The Lion

Game #5
Anacortes Seahawks 3
Lynden Lions 1
March 23rd 2006 @ Anacortes
Overall record 2-3
League record 0-2

Game Notes: The Lion bats came out in a hurry on Thursday. After only getting 4 hits against the Seahawks on Tuesday, the Lions had 6 hits in the first three innings of play. Taylor Martin hitting in the leadoff spot due to Michael Hagerty’s illness filled in nicely. Taylor started the game with a double. Jordan Head moved him over to third hitting behind the runner, and then scored on Brock Anderson’s sac fly to center. Cody Gunst then followed that up with a single. The Lions managed 4 more hits in the next two innings, but could not push a runner across the plate. The Lions stranded 2 runners in each the 2nd and 3rd innings. Brock Anderson had a great outing on the mound but again was tagged with the loss. Anderson’s numbers were good enough to win the game (5 IP, 23 AB, 3K, 4 BB, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 WP, 1 HP). Brock had a no hitter going into the 4th inning. In the bottom ˝ of the 4th for the Seahawks, Franylovic walked, and then advanced to third on an errant pic-off attempt. Keynote advanced on a fielder’s choice, and then stole second. Larkin’s RBI single to left scored Franylovic, advancing Keynote to third. Sokul then singled to left center to score Keynote. The Seahawks took a 2-1 lead after 4 innings. The Lions threatened again in the 6th. With one out, Cody Gunst (3-3, 2B) doubled to deep left center field. Dillon Lanksbury, running for Gunst, was left stranded as the next two hitters both grounded out to third. There was some excitement in the top ˝ of the seventh. After the first two hitters struck out, Chris Lott singled followed by Taylor Martin’s walk on 4 pitches. After fighting off a few off-speed pitches, Jordan Head struck out to end the game. The Lions ended the day with 8 hits, but only two came after the third inning. The Lions are back in action hosting Blaine in a non-league contest. The Lions get back into NWL play on Tuesday when the Sehome Mariners come to town. Sehome is coming off a two game sweep of the Squalicum Storm.

Game #4
Anacortes Seahawks 6
Lynden Lions 4 (8 innings)
March 21st 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 2-2
League record 0-1

Game Notes: Anacortes jumped all over Marcus VanderPloeg and the Lions scoring 4 runs in the top ˝ of the 1st inning in the league opener for both teams. The Seahawks got the 4 runs on 3 hits, and one fielding error. Three of the 4 runs were earned. With one out, Knudsen walked, and singles by Franulovic and Keynote (RBI) made the score 1-0. A double by Larkin (2 RBI) made it 3-0. A fielding error brought the fourth run across the plate, leaving the Lions down 4-0 without even swinging the bat. The Lions responded great scoring 2 in the bottom of the first. Michael Hagerty (1-3) walked and stole second. Cody Gunst (1-3, 2B) hit a double, scoring Hagerty from second. Ross Renick (0-0, 3 BB) advanced Dillon Lanksbury (running for Gunst) to third on a sac fly. Taylor Martin (2-4, 2 RBI) then singled in Lanksbury making it a 2-0 game. The Lions scored 2 in the bottom of the 5th inning. Back to back singles by Hagerty and Head (2-4) set the Lions up for a potential big inning. A strike out, and a ground out to first left the Lions with 2 outs and no runs. Hagerty then scored from 3rd on a passed ball, as Head moved to 3rd. Renick then drew a walk and stole second leaving the Lions with runners in scoring position. Taylor Martin then hit a “Baltimore Chop” in front of the plate, and legged out a base hit scoring Head from 3B. Renick tried to score from second, but was thrown out on a questionable call at the plate. After 5 innings the score was tied. VanderPloeg (6 IP, 26 AB, 6 K, 3 BB, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER) settled down after a rough first inning, not giving up any runs. Hastings came in and threw the 7th and 8th innings for Lynden. The Lions had a great chance to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. With one out, Head reached first on an error by the Seahawk shortstop, and Cody Gunst was HBP. B. Anderson hit a sac fly advancing the two Lynden runners. With two outs, Renick walked to load the bases. Taylor Martin, with two hits under his belt on the day already, stung a 2-1 pitch to the left of the second baseman who made a great play to snag the line drive to end the rally. The Seahawks got a base hit in the top of the 8th, but was later thrown out by Gunst attempting to steal second. The next Seahawk doubled and the following hitter struck out followed by a walk. With two outs, Bohem hit an infield ground ball that was mishandled which allowed the eventual game winner to score. The Seahawks scored one more unearned run taking a 6-4 lead. The Lions did not threaten in the bottom ˝ of the 8th. Lynden travels to Anacortes on Thursday for the second of a home and away set.

Game #3
Lynden Lions 5
Mt. Baker Mountaineers 1
March 18th 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 2-1

Game Notes: Pitching continued to be the Lions strong point this season (Team ERA of 1.40 through 3 games). Four Lion pitchers combined to throw a 6 hitter against the Mountaineers in a 5-1 for the Lions. Junior right hander Chas Kok gave up 4 hits, striking out 4 and allowing no walks and runs in his final 3 innings of work prior to the start of league. Ryan Hastings (Soph) threw the 4th inning, facing 6 Mountaineers, giving up 2 hits, 1 walk, one earned run, and striking out three. Taylor Martin followed up a strong performance at Oak Harbor throwing 2 solid innings on Saturday. Taylor faced 6 hitters, striking out one, and allowing no runners on base. Senior Marcus VanderPloeg closed out the game throwing his final inning before he takes the hill in the NWL opener for the Lions. He faced five hitters, (5 K, 1 BB, 1 H) in the 7th inning. The Lions only wrapped out 4 hits. Michael Hagerty started out the game as he has done the previous two by safely reaching base for the third consecutive time. Michael went 1-2, with 1 SB, 2 BB, 1 SO, and 1 RBI. Michael is hitting .400 for the season in the first three games. Brock Anderson collected his 3rd hit of the season, knocking a high, outside fastball into the left-center alley. Dillon Lanksbury got his first Varsity hit, with a single to left field, scoring B. Anderson. Tyler DeZeeuw had the final hit for the Lions. Tyler finished the day with 2 stolen bases, and a RBI. The Lions are hitting .213 for the season, and are hoping to break out of a slight slump against the Seahawks on Tuesday.


Game #2
Oak Harbor Wildcats 6
Lynden Lions 5
March 16th 2006 @ Oak Harbor
Overall record 1-1

Game Notes: Three costly errors in the bottom 1/2 of the third gave the Wildcats 3 runs, two of which were unearned. The Lions held a 3-2 lead going into the third. Pitching continued to be a bright spot for the Lions. Three Lynden pitchers (B. Anderson, T. Martin, C. Kok) combined to pitch a six hitter. The three combined for only 4 walks, and struck out 9 Wildcats. The bats started off hot for the Lions. Michael Hagerty lead off the game with a single, the second in two games, followed up by Jordan Head's bomb to left center field. Michael ended the day with 2 hits (1B, 2B). Taylor Martin helped himself on the mound by going 2-4. The Lions had a chance to tie it in the top half of the 7th inning. Martin singled to start the inning, and Chas Kok bunted him along to second. A past ball sent Martin to third, but a strike out and a soft fly to center ended the day for the Lions.

Game #1
Lynden Lions 6
Stanwood Spartan 1
March 14th 2006 @ Lynden
Overall record 1-0




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