by Jack Kintner
Blaine beats Meridian, blasts Baker, loses to Lakewood
Blaine invaded Meridian’s Laurel Road diamond and pasted a 5-3 loss on the Trojans, defeating Meridian ace Bryan Black in the process.
It was one of several shining moments in a week that saw Blaine go 3-1 and improve their league record to 5-2. Joey Paciorek came away with the win, notching eight strike-outs while going 2 for 3 at the plate. Paciorek, who leads the league in stolen bases with 12, has a miniscule ERA of just 1.24.
Then last Friday, at home in the cold sunshine of Pipeline Fields, Nate Dodgson whacked a two-out grand slam home run in the fifth inning to lift Agent Orange to a seven-run non-conference win over rival Mt. Baker.
Fourteen-year-old freshman lefty Kyle Olason pitched a gem, scattering three hits and going 2 for 3. His mom Christy got beaned late in the game with a very high pop foul, but after checking with her to make sure she was OK – and she is, away on vacation to Mexico this week - Olason finished to his 75-pitch count and was taken out to be available for more league games coming up.
Monday of this week saw more offensive production from the Borderites, including Daniel Diaz going 2 for 3 and an RBI, Aaron Johnson getting a double and 2 RBI’s, Nate Dodgson getting a double and an RBI and Joey Paciorek getting two doubles and a home run, producing 4 RBI’s. But thanks to a three-run second and a six-run third inning, Lakewood prevailed 10-9.
Tuesday Blaine faced a very good Sedro Woolley squad that jumped out to a quick lead on two early hits, including a home run, but behind Olason’s poised firepower Blaine subdued the Cubs and won 4-2.
The Johnsons, Aaron and Ryan, both went 2 for 3, both had doubles and both got 2 RBI’s, and Paciorek went 2 for 3 and scored twice. This game featured just enough offense to outscore the other guys and some real defensive gems. Blaine’s coming week is big, especially Tuesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. against Sehome. The boys are currently tied for fourth with Anacortes, each with 5-2 records, behind Sehome, Ferndale and Burlington, each with 6-1 league records.
Lady B’s take second to state champs
The Lady B golfers finished second behind five-time state champs Bellingham last Monday with a team total of 62 points under the Stabelford system.
Bellingham won with 133 and had both the medalist, Katie Sharpe (36 points) and runner-up Claire Rachor (26 points). Blaine’s number one, senior Karissa Bland, birdied the par three six hole and saved par on both the long eighth (372 yard par 4) and even longer ninth (447 yard par five) despite another chilly, windy day.
Sophomore Nicole Christiansen, the Great Dane, came up for the match from the JV squad and scored nine points, third best of the six players on Blaine’s team. Pretty good for a girl who started playing just two months ago.