Baseball, boys soccer district tournaments are underway | Sports

Lynden baseball and soccer advance, LC soccer secures crossover spot

WHATCOM – Baseball and boys soccer district tournaments are well underway after the opening week and weekend games.

A few area teams in both sports have a shot to make a deep run and potentially reach regionals and eventually state tournaments in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, multiple teams have already seen their postseason run cut short while others fell short of a district berth.

Full coverage of the opening weekend of the 1A District 1 baseball tournament on Saturday, May 7, is available here.

Here are the results of the other postseason matchups and what to look forward to this coming week.


2A District 1 baseball tournament, quarterfinal round: No. 1 Lynden 10, No. 9 Cedarcrest 0

Lynden senior Ryan Kleindel steps into a hit in the Lions’ 10-4 win over Lynden Christian on Tuesday, May 3. (Connor J. Benintendi / Lynden Tribune)

The top-seeded Lions proved their strength as the district’s leader with a swift shutout of Cedarcrest in the opening round of the tournament. Cedarcrest was coming off a 1-0 upset of No. 8 Sehome in the play-ins but couldn’t handle the heat of Lynden’s potent offense.

Lynden has now won 13 of their last 14 games and will move onto a semifinal contest with No. 4 Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, May 10, at Daniels Field in Anacortes, at 6 p.m.

The winner will clinch a regional berth and advance to the 2A District 1 championship against No. 2 Anacortes or No. 3 Archbishop Murphy. The loser will fall into the consolation bracket to play for one more available regional spot.

Boys soccer

3A District 1 boys soccer tournament, first round: No. 6 Arlington 7, No. 11 Ferndale 0

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Ferndale’s Coen Braun (No. 6) tries to hold hold off Sehome’s Owen Berreth as they fight for a loose ball. (Dennis Cairns Photography for the Tribune)

Ferndale squeezed into the district tournament by getting key league wins over Sedro-Woolley and Blaine in their final two games of the regular season. They were immediately pitted against a tough Arlington team that was riding an 8-game win streak into the district contest.

The Golden Eagles were eliminated from the bracket after the loss, finishing their season 6-8-2 overall (5-8-2 NWC).

2A District 1 boys soccer tournament, quarterfinal round: No. 4 Lynden 2, No. 5 Archbishop Murphy 1

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Lynden’s Maximillian Jones (right) slides toward the ball in defense of Archbishop Murphy’s Zach Mohr during their 2-1 District win on Saturday, May 7. (Dennis Cairns Photography for the Tribune)

The Lions defeated a talented Archbishop Murphy squad that had won their previous eight games ahead of the district contest. Lynden has now won five of their last seven.

Lynden is now one win away from securing a state berth following the victory. They will face No. 1 Squalicum on Tuesday, May 10, at Civic Stadium, at 7 pm, for a chance to play for the 2A District 1 championship on May 14.

The loser will drop into the consolation bracket with a chance to play for the third and final state berth.

1A District 1 boys soccer tournament, quarterfinal round: No. 1 Lynden Christian 3, No. 2 Meridian 1

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A wall of Lions defends against Lynden Christian’s Joseph Cunningham free kick in the Lyncs’ 7-1 loss to Lynden on Tuesday, May 3. (Dennis Cairns Photography for the Tribune)

The Lyncs were the clear leader among the Northwest Conference 1A schools all season long, being the only team with a record above .500.

Lynden Christian continued their solid play Saturday to advance straight to the 1A District 1/2 crossover on Saturday, May 14, at Sammamish High School. Their opponent has not been determined.

Meridian still has a shot to reach the crossover when they play No. 3 Blaine or No. 4 Nooksack Valley on Thursday, May 12, at Blaine High School, at 7 p.m.

1A District 1 boys soccer tournament, quarterfinal round: No. 4 Nooksack Valley 3, No. 5 Mount Baker 1

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Nooksack Valley’s Juan Carlos Morales Carrera fends off Lynden Christian’s Lucas VanHofwegen in their 13-2 loss to the Lyncs on Wednesday, March 23. (Connor J. Benintendi / Lynden Tribune)

Nooksack Valley had a clear advantage heading into this game, having played a full season schedule.

The Pioneers had played 16 games during the regular season, while Mount Baker had just a four-game schedule. The two teams met for the Mountaineers’ previous game on April 20, which ended in a 4-4 tie.

This time around, Nooksack Valley got the win to keep their season alive. They will play No. 3 Blaine in a loser-out matchup on Tuesday, May 10, at Blaine High School, at 7 pm The winner of that game will face No. 2 Meridian for the final 1A District 1/2 crossover spot on May 12.

Mount Baker saw its short season come to an end, finishing 0-4-1 (0-3-1 NWC) on the year.


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