Once again errors set the Blaine boy’s baseball team behind and their rally fell short as Sehome swept their home and home series with the Borderites, 6-4 April 22 at Joe Martin stadium. The loss to the Northwest conference (NWC) leaders was Blaine’s fourth consecutive defeat, a streak that has caused them to tumble deep into the pack at 5-8, 4-5 in the NWC.
Down 5-0 after four innings, the Borderites rallied for two runs in the next two innings but couldn’t score in the seventh. The loss spoiled a great day hitting for catcher Dustin Dhanani who was 3-4 with two doubles.
With their post-season opportunities shrinking, the wheels came off for Blaine when they visited Nooksack Valley April 23.
The Pioneer’s Jon Charroin lit up Blaine starter Dillon Alexander for a grand slam and three run homer as Nooksack blasted the Borderites 16-2 in five innings. There were no mysteries or near misses this time as Pioneer batters pounded out 11 hits on Alexander and Blaine mired itself with mistakes, committing three more errors.
Errors once again put the Borderites behind as they hosted Bellingham at Pipeline Fields April 26. Throwing errors by Andrew Miller and Dhanani in the third inning staked the Red Raiders to a 2-1 lead. Junior Todd Freeman, getting a rare start at first base, tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and Kyle Olason added a two run double as Blaine rallied to a crucial 7-2 win over Bellingham.
Olason’s record moved to 4-1, thowing 11 strikeouts and giving up only the two unearned runs. Parker Wallace put the game out of reach with a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The win keeps Blaine’s hopes alive for a spot in the district tournament upcoming in two weeks. The Borderites currently hold the fifth and final berth.