Dudley wins pitching duel for Blaine Caitlin Dudley returned to the mound April 27 and found her pitching rhythm to lead Blaine to a 3-1 Northwest conference win over Lynden Christian at Bender Fields.
Dudley’s record rose to 7-3, pitching a complete game, scattering four hits, hurling nine strikeouts and only giving up one walk. The Lyncs’ only run came on a fifth inning home run by Erika Heystek. Lynden Christian pitcher Melanie Schmidt (4-8) was every bit the measure of Blaine’s normally potent offense, also pitching a complete game four hitter, with five strikeouts and two walks. The Borderites scored two runs in the fourth and a run in the sixth to hold off their opponent. Taylor Trueblood doubled and scored a run and Natalie Sellers had an RBI triple for the Borderites.
Trueblood wins first game for Borderites First time starter Taylor Trueblood won her first game as she combined with Ashley Bolick and Caitlin Dudley to shut out Ferndale 5-0 April 28 at Pipeline Fields. Trueblood cruised through the first inning but found herself facing down a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the second. After loading the bases with two walks and a single, Trueblood struck out the next batter and induced two fielder’s choice ground balls, including one at the plate to preserve the shutout.
Ferndale starter Emily Kyllingmark struggled in the opening inning, walking two, balking twice (once for a run), giving up three singles and watching her defense commit errors. Still she struck out two and held the Borderites to only two runs.
Blaine scored again in the bottom of the second inning, manufacturing a run on a walk, an infield single, and a bunt single before Trueblood lifted an RBI sacrifice fly.
Natalee Sellers had an RBI triple for the second consecutive game and for the second straight night she also scored on a throwing error on the same play, lifting the Blaine lead to five.
Ashley Bolick came in the fourth allowing no runs on one hit over two innings before yielding to Dudley in the sixth, who struck out four Golden Eagle hitters on the way to closing out the game. The win lifted Blaine’s record to 9-6, 7-2 in the Northwest conference.
Moore’s hit wins thriller over Mount Vernon Amanda Moore’s ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning scored a runner from third and the Borderites won a thrilling 2-1 non-conference victory over Mount Vernon April 30 at Pipeline Fields.
Moore, who was mobbed by her teammates, was 3-5 in the game. The opportunity was set up by the ninth inning tie-breaker rule where the batting team starts with a runner on second.
Moore’s hit thwarted the Bulldogs attempt to rally all the way back. Mount Vernon finally solved Blaine ace Caitlin Dudley for their only run in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into the extra stanzas.
Mount Vernon will look back on a game of lost opportunities, however. A Bulldog runner was caught stealing in the second inning with one out and one on, allowing Dudley to get out of the inning with a strikeout.
In the top of the fourth, a runner was called out at first for leaving the base before Dudley released the pitch and again in the fifth a runner was called out for leaving second too early.
Dudley for her part was exceptional, surrendering only the one run on six hits as well as going 2-4 at the plate. The win lifted the Borderites to 10-6, 7-2 in the conference.