Opportunity knocks but the door stays shut

Published on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 by Jerry Huls

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Dustin Dhanani slides, reaching for the bag just before Sehome’s first baseman makes the catch. Photo by Karl King

Blaine had opportunities to overcome a tough inning pitching by Todd Bird and earn a sweep of their season series with Burlington-Edison, but once again, the specter of base running errors and two innings with the bases left loaded spelled out a 6-4 loss to the Tigers.

Nathan Trueblood came on in relief of Bird in the top of the third, with Blaine down 4-0. He gave up three hits and two runs to push the Burlington-Edison lead to six. Blaine got back into the game by scoring four in the bottom of the inning.

Andrew Miller led off the inning with a double. After Dustin Dhanani reached base on one of five Tiger errors, Kyle Olason walked to load the bases for Blaine for the third time in the game. Cody Nagle plated two runs with a slicing double down the line. Bird was hit with a pitch and Parker Wallace scored Olason with a ground out.

The rally began to unravel when next batter Tanner Weaver hit an RBI single to make it 6-4. On the play, Bird attempted to score from second and was easily thrown out at the plate. Dillon Alexander ground out to end the inning.

Bird endured a long third inning that had a little of everything. With a man on, Burlington-Edison’s Dylan Boe crushed a 3-1 pitch over straight away centerfield for a two run homer.

A walk, a passed ball, a single and a wild pitch accounted for the two other runs for the Tigers.
The loss left Blaine in the middle of the pack in the Northwest Conference at 5-6 (4-4 NWC 2A).

Ferndale wins on late, controversial call

Joel Garza saw the play unfolding before him and knew he had a play. Logan Locker stroked a base hit into left field off Blaine starter Dillon Alexander and Golden Eagles base runner Brandon Maarhuis was waved in from second. Garza fired a seed to Dustin Dhanani at short and relayed to Parker Wallace at the plate who applied the tag simultaneously with Maarhuis’ arrival.

The umpire called Maarhuis safe and the run, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, proved to be decisive as the Golden Eagles rallied to beat Blaine 5-4 at Ferndale, April 15. Coach Gary Clausen disputed the call to no avail.

Once again, however, the Borderites couldn’t savor the smell of success early. Blaine got out to a 4-1 lead after Kyle Olason jacked three-run homer to left-center, his third of the season. Alexander had trouble containing Ferndale afterwards, as he surrendered 11 hits. Blaine hitters did not come to his aid, once again, only mustering five hits in the game.

Olason suffers through tough inning as Sehome rolls

Blaine ace Kyle Olason had to wonder what else could possibly happen in a half of an inning. After having two outs with one on in the top of the first inning, Olason endured a stolen base, a balk, a walk, a two-run triple, an RBI bloop single, a hit batsman, an error, a second walk that scored a run, a two-run single and a second stolen base.

The result was a 6-0 lead that the Borderites couldn’t surmount as conference leader Sehome hammered Blaine 10-4 April 19 at Pipeline Fields.

The Borderites closed to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning, but the Mariners added a run in each of the next three innings to put the game out of reach.

Parker Wallace and Dustin Dhanani each went 3-4 as Blaine outhit Sehome 9-8.