Lynden junior starting pitcher James Marsh pitched nine innings and managed nine strikeouts in the Lions’ 2-1 victory over Meridian in 10 innings on Friday. (Nick Elges/Lynden Tribune)

WHATCOM — Local prep baseball teams wrapped up the non-league portion of the 2018 season last week and began playing contests that count toward the Northwest Conference standings.

Lynden Christian and Mount Baker met in Deming on Wednesday, March 21, and the Mountaineers earned a surprising 6-5 victory over the Lyncs, who entered the game as winners of five straight contests. LC led 3-0 before Baker scored the next six runs, including four in the fourth inning, and the Lyncs came up short of a comeback in the seventh and final frame. 

Isaac Gomes had two RBIs for Mount Baker, which was helped by five LC errors. Michael Kentner pitched four innings to the tune of six strikeouts and three runs allowed. 

Baker followed up with a 5-0 loss to Sehome on Saturday. The Mounties (2-2, 0-1 NWC) were at Nooksack Valley on Tuesday (see for results) and host Burlington-Edison at 4:30 p.m. today. Baker hits the road for two 4 p.m. games against Sedro-Woolley on Friday and Lakewood on Monday. 

Lynden Christian rebounded from Wednesday’s loss with a 6-4 victory over Bellingham in Friday’s league opener. Junior pitcher Payton Robertson had seven strikeouts in six innings of work on the mound, allowing just one earned run. Senior outfielder Shane Whittern broke open a close game in the sixth, driving in three runs on his only hit of the night.

The Lyncs (6-2, 1-1 NWC) played Anacortes on Tuesday (see for results) and are at Blaine at 4:30 p.m. today. LC heads to Laurel to take on Meridian on Monday, April 2, at 4 p.m. 

Lynden hosted Meridian on Friday in league action, and the Lions squeezed out a 2-1 victory over a tough Trojans team. Lynden then dropped a non-league home game against Class 3A Bonney Lake 12-8 on Saturday.

Against Meridian, Lynden junior Jack Doolittle used a squeeze bunt to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning off Meridian senior pitcher Warren Utschinski.

Junior pitcher James Marsh pitched nine innings for the Lions, giving up just one run on seven hits with nine strikeouts before giving way to junior Dylan Parcels, who was credited with the win on the mound, in the 10th. 

Meridian senior pitcher Simon Burkett lasted 6.2 innings for the Trojans, giving up just one hit and one run to go along with six strikeouts. 

The Lions (4-2, 1-0 NWC) took on Squalicum on Tuesday (see for results) and host Sedro-Woolley at 4 p.m. today. Lynden travels to play Port Angeles at 1 p.m. Saturday and returns home to take on Sehome at 4 p.m. Monday. 

Meridian lost to Sehome, another strong NWC 2A team, on Wednesday. The Trojans host Squalicum today, Lakewood on Thursday and Lynden Christian on Monday. All games start at 4 p.m. 

Nooksack Valley finished the non-league season with a 9-4 road victory over Blaine on March 21. The Pioneers didn’t have as much success in their NWC opener, falling 11-1 to Ferndale at home on Friday for their first loss of the campaign. 

Against Blaine, senior Koert Weidkamp and sophomore Easton Zylstra each had two RBIs for the Pioneers. NV (4-1, 0-1 NWC) hosted Mount Baker on Tuesday (see for results). 

Nooksack hosts Bellingham today, Squalicum on Friday and Blaine on Monday. All games are set for 4:30 p.m.