For the second consecutive game, Blaine coach Gary Clausen had to watch Lynden come back from a four run deficit as the Lions edged the Borderites 7-6 at Lynden April 7, to sweep the home and home series.
Lynden’s Jason Kreider held Blaine in check with 10 strikeouts over six innings after giving up four runs in the first two innings. Blaine’s rally against Lynden reliever Andrew Rivas fell short, saddling Borderite starter Todd Bird with the loss.
Alexander lays Lyncs low
The Borderites rebounded in a big way on April 8 against Lynden Christian at Pipeline Fields. Dillon Alexander spun a masterful one hitter to get his first win of the season as Blaine blasted the Lyncs 10-0 in five innings.
For the first time this season, Alexander got run support from the Blaine hitters early and often. Blaine tagged Lyncs pitcher Paul Vinke for six runs in the first inning.
With that lead, a relaxed Alexander cruised, throwing eight strikeouts and no walks. Blaine’s 11 hit attack was highlighted by Cody Nagle’s three run double.
The win left the Borderites 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Olason shuts out Burlington-Edison
Dustin Dhanani had two hits and Kyle Olason threw a sparkling two-hitter as Blaine beat the Tigers 2-0 in Burlington.
The Borderites needed the complete game effort from Olason as Blaine hitters are still stumbling both in the field and on the base paths.
Once again, Blaine base runners made mistakes that ran them out of innings. Blaine fielders committed a season high four errors. Still, Olason hurled 14 strikeouts to keep Burlington-Edison at bay.