Preston King

Lynden pitcher Preston King throws against the Sehome Mariners on Saturday in Anacortes. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune)

Meridian locks in state berth with Lynden, Sehome and Blaine still on the brink

WHATCOM — Meridian has locked in a state berth and Lynden is still in contention as the Trojans and Lions are the only two area teams left alive after district playoffs last week.

Meridian secured its fourth straight trip to state and its ninth appearance in the last decade with a 6-1 win over Coupeville in the district opener on Saturday, followed by a 2-1 victory over King’s later in the day.

The two wins put the Trojans (11-10) in the Class 1A District 1 title game against Cedar Park Christian Bothell (19-3) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.

Cedar Park is the North Sound Conference champion, having won 16 games in a row in the month from March 18 to April 18. The Eagles return seven of their nine starters from last season’s team that finished fourth at state. The Eagles took second in 2017.

Meridian is seeking its first state playoffs win since 2012 when the Trojans took third.

Lynden Christian (7-14) and Mount Baker (9-13) both got eliminated from the postseason by University Prep last week. The Lyncs lost their play-in game 10-1 to University Prep at home on May 1.

The Mountaineers, who placed eighth in the 14-team Northwest Conference and first among the four 1A teams, made their first playoff appearance in six years. They lost their district opener 5-0 to South Whidbey on Saturday at Sehome High School, then were ousted 6-0 by University Prep later that day.

In the Class 2A ranks, fourth-seeded Lynden (15-5) lost its district opener 4-2 to fifth-seeded Sehome (15-7). The Lions were scheduled to face eight-seed Blaine (12-9) at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Field in Anacortes in a loser-out game. They need to beat Blaine and then also the loser between No. 7 Anacortes and No. 6 Liberty to reach the third/fourth-place match that would secure them a state berth.

The Lions, who placed second in the NWC and were on a six-game win streak before the loss to Sehome, trounced Blaine 8-0 back on March 26. The Borderites beat Mountlake Terrace 3-0 in their district opener, then fell 11-1 to top-seeded Archbishop Murphy on Saturday to set up the showdown with Lynden. The Borderites entered Tuesday’s game having lost four of their last five contests.

Lynden reached state in 2016 and 2017, then suffered a 4-3 loss to Liberty (Issaquah) in a loser-out, winner-to-state game in 2018.

Sehome started off with a 5-0 win over Sammamish in a loser-out game on April 30, then beat Lynden 4-2 on Saturday in Anacortes. The Mariners now face top-seeded Archbishop Murphy at 6 p.m., Tuesday in Anacortes. The winner heads to the district championship game on May 11.

In Class 3A, seventh-seeded Ferndale (11-10) fell to Oak Harbor 9-3 in its district play-in game on May 2 and is eliminated from the postseason.

Eric Trent covers sports for the Lynden Tribune.