MOUNT VERNON — Olivia Collins threw a gem Monday for the Mount Vernon High School softball team, tossing a no-hitter against visiting Anacortes in the season-opener for both squads.
Collins struck out 16 as the Bulldogs notched the 2-0 win.
"This was a true pitchers' battle," said Mount Vernon coach Robert Cyr.
Collins was also 1-for-2 from the plate and accounted for both Mount Vernon RBIs. Ashlyn Stroud was 2-for-3 and Sydney Snider was 1-for-3.
Seahawks coach Tom Swapp said Collins was a tough test for his young team.
"Facing a pitcher like Collins will get us older in a hurry ... she had good speed, and good movement on her off-speed pitches," he said.
He said the Seahawks got good play out of their battery of Riley Pirkle (nine strikeouts) and catcher Ariana Bickley.
For being a young club, their defense was solid, he added.
Burlington-Edison Tigers 5,
Blaine Borderites 2
BURLINGTON — Coach Joel Wasson said it was a great first match for the Tigers.
"Really proud of our girls for working hard the past week-plus. They have such a great attitude. They support one another. They don't give up. They have fun," he said.
Burlington-Edison won three of the four singles matches, with victories by Hillary Ruiz (6-1, 6-0), Tiana Jacobs (6-3, 6-4) and Lisa Ohmdahl (6-1, 7-5). In doubles, Haleigh Peterson and Kiersten Waldrop won 6-2, 6-4, and Gigi Searle and Carli Garcia won 6-1, 6-2.
Lynden Lions 6,
Sedro-Woolley Cubs 1
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Lauren Anderson was the lone winner for the Cubs with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
Sedro-Woolley coach Janine Van Liew said the doubles teams worked hard despite all new lineups this season.
"(We're) still working out the lineup. But they all learned a lot and had such great attitudes," she said.
Bellingham Red Raiders 6,
Mount Vernon Bulldogs 1
MOUNT VERNON — Sadie Lee was the lone winner for the Bulldogs, bouncing back from a first-set loss for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-5 victory.
"It was a hard-fought, well-played match for Sadie," Mount Vernon coach Ellen Gray said.
Sedro-Woolley at Bellingham
BELLINGHAM — Sedro-Woolley, unable to field a full team, squared off against a field of eight at North Bellingham Golf Course.
Ferndale topped the team standings with a score of 389, followed by Lynden (418), Bellingham (476), Meridian (485), Oak Harbor (488) and Blaine (525).
Keaton Skiles paced the Cubs with a round of 87, followed by Jeffrey Sheridan (90) and Davis Graber (126).
Medalist honors went to Ferndale's Baylor Larrabee, whose 69 topped his closest competition by five strokes.