Fastpitch under way

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WHATCOM — Whenever a team is able to return the majority of its starters, it’s a great benefit in building toward the future. For Lynden Lions fastpitch, coach Steve Petersen welcomes back eight key contributors from a 2012 squad that made it to the 2A state tournament.

Brooke Bonsen, Mandy Warner, Trisha Snydar, Tanna Benson, Taylor VanDalen, Destinee Matter, Michell Davis and Kaitlyn Brown all return for the Lions and Petersen said the team is excited about the possibilities this season.

Bonsen, who signed her National Letter of Intent last month to pitch for Bellevue College next season, leads this group. The senior right-handed ace is coming off a breakout season last year, which was led in large part to a life-changing decision in the off-season.

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Braulio Perez is a sports reporter at the Lynden Tribune. Email Braulio at sports@lyndentribune.com. Follow the Tribune on Twitter at @LyndenTribune. Follow Lynden Tribune Sports on Twitter at @LyndenTribuneSP