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Lady Cougars fastpitch lose to Lynden to end season

Junior pitcher Kally Behen fires a pitch in the Cougars playoff loss to Lynden. -
Junior pitcher Kally Behen fires a pitch in the Cougars playoff loss to Lynden.
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LAKEWOOD The Lakewood fastpitch team surpassed all of coach Steve Barkers hopes for the season, but it wasnt enough to pull off a play-in win against Lynden to extend their season in district play.
I was hoping for a .500 season, 10-10. The fact that we had 13 wins was a big surprise and a real compliment to the girls, Barker said, adding that the Cougar program had averaged six or seven wins a year since 2001. We have a nucleus of juniors who all elevated their game.
It was two of those juniors who provided the Lakewood runs in their 6-2 loss to the Lions May 15.
Catcher Becca Bean had a first-inning single and a stolen base which put her in position to convert when designated hitter Emily Burkholder hit a single of her own in the next at bat.
The run gave Lakewood a 1-0 lead that lasted two innings. Bean had a big stop at home in the third inning to hold off the Lynden offense a little longer. A hit by the Lions looked prime to bring in Lynden shortstop Leah Korthnis, but Cougar first baseman Hayley Bustad connected with Bean for the out at the plate.
The runner got on base though, and with two Lions on base, Lynden third baseman Krista Coston had a two-RBI double for the lead.
Junior pitcher Kally Behen led off for the Cougars in the bottom of the fourth. Her hit to left field flew over the Lynden fielders ungloved arm, and Behen was almost to third base before the ball was recovered. Without even having to slide in, Behen made it home and made it a tie game.
Bustad, who went 2-for-3 on the day, had a single to follow Behens run, but the next three Cougar batters were dropped, leaving Bustad stranded.
Lyndens Coston had the game-winning RBI on a triple in the fifth inning. Teammate and pitcher Alayna Kramme converted her run and ran in herself thanks to a double from Lion outfielder Erin Smith.
Cougar freshman standout Kahlee Barrio tried to turn the momentum in her turn at the plate in the bottom of the fifth. Though she would have been safe at second, Barrio tried to make it a triple and was stopped by Coston at third base.
It was as close as Lakewood got to a comeback.
Lion outfielder Emily Tenkley was 3-for-4 in the game and walked in the fourth at bat. Her third run in the seventh inning was Lyndens sixth and sealed the win.
Barker attributed the teams season-ending loss to sloppy practice.
Its really upsetting. We should have been the favorites coming in, he said. The old saying is you play how you practice. We practiced sloppily.

At Lakewood H.S.

Lynden 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 6
Lakewood 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2

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