Sports -- April 14, 2005

Published on Thu, Apr 14, 2005
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Some very exciting ballplaying for you to enjoy!

Sirita Lawson’s work with weights and pitching to her dad over the winter paid off big-time in the Lady B’s third league game of the season as she shut down the Nooksack Valley Pioneers last week 4-1 with the second no-hitter of her high school career.

She had a “no-no,” in fact, a no hit, no run game going into the top of the last inning when a Nooksack runner reached first on an obstruction call and then made it home on an error. Lawson also struck out 11 batters and issued no walks. Tough power hitter Kalyn Bird went 3 for 3, scoring a run and earning a RBI as well. Krissie Hammer did the same on just two hits for four at-bats. Lara Stull and Aizia Lawson both went 1-3.

Lawson has matured into a superb pitcher her senior year, drawing the attention of scouts from at least one four-year college. Her opponents are batting just .181 against her so far. She’s averaging 11 strikeouts per game and in the first three league games has issued just six walks.

Lawson’s favorite pitch is an intimidating 60 mph fastball, the rough equivalent of a high 80s to 90 mph fastball in baseball, since the pitcher’s mound in baseball is, at 60 feet, half-again as far from home plate as the pitcher’s mound in fast pitch (40 feet). Sirita’s battery mate for the past five or six years, has been her younger sister Aizia. Together they’ve played for select teams in Whatcom County and this past year in Skagit County as well.

Lawson also works out in the Blaine high school weight room under the direction of varsity track coach Mike Grambo, and two to three times each week has taken her dad into the Blaine gym to practice her pitching with the one-time Everett high school center fielder. “I was so good,” Brent Lawson wisecracked, “the coach taught me to keep score,” something he still does for his daughters’ teams.

In addition to the fastball, Sirita can make the 12-inch softball that girls use in fastpitch do some amazing things, dropping, rising, curving in or out, and to keep batters honest she throws in a change-up now and then, slowing her delivery down to 40 or 50 mph.

The Lady B’s are 3-3 so far on the season, 2-2 in league play. After dropping their first game in Concrete 4-0, they hammered AAA Squalicum 13-7 in Bellingham. They beat Lynden Christian 3-1 and then lost a heartbreaker to Meridian 4-3 on a seventh inning bunt. Lawson’s stellar no-hitter came next, on a soggy but playable Pipeline Field, but two days later the Lady B’s got shellacked by a determined Mt. Baker 14-4.

Rain knocked out two non-league contests; an April Fool’s Day home game against Ferndale has now been scheduled for April 29, and a re-scheduled rainout against Mt. Baker forced cancellation of a game with Bellingham that has yet to be rescheduled. The Lady B’s next play a week from today on the road against LC and the next day against Sehome (at Frank Geri Field) before returning home for an April 26 match against Meridian. Get out there and cheer them on!

Slivers from the bench

Rainouts rescheduled – Our information thus far (and it never hurts to double check):

Fastpitch – April 1 vs. Ferndale is now scheduled for April 29, and the April 8 game with Bellingham hasn’t yet been set.

Baseball – the March 26 game with Burlington has now been moved to April 20 and will be played at home.

Tennis – the March 31 match with Lynden has now been set for April 22 at home.

Soccer – the April 19 match at Lynden Christian has been re-scheduled for the next day, April 20, at 4:30 p.m.

Goldsby now a Thunderbird
Blaine varsity quarterback Doug Goldsby has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, the alma mater of Blaine quarterback coach Dan DeLong. Goldsby was also named over-all MVP of the recently played B.C. secondary school all-star game.

Boys ranked eighth in the state
Blaine’s “Killer B’s” baseball team, with a record of 6-2, has moved up to eighth place in the Seattle Times Prep Baseball poll. The record includes a narrow but well-fought victory over Meridian for the league lead last Wednesday. Results from Monday’s double-header non-league contest at Brewster were not available at press time.