Todd Bird got his first win in relief and was 3-4 from the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored as the Blaine qualified the fifth and final spot in the district tournament, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Bellingham 5-3 at Joe Martin Field on April 28.
The win secured Blaine’s place in the tournament as the fifth seed. The double elimination tournament begins May 8, but as the last seed, Blaine would have to travel to the Cascade conference’s number four seed in a play-in game on May 6.
The Borderites won with a 12 hit eruption that saw them score all of their runs in the final four innings including three in the decisive sixth inning.
Bird came on in relief of Nathan Trueblood in the fifth with one on and no outs and shut down the Red Raiders, retiring nine of 10 batters he faced, giving up only one hit and striking out three.
With Mount Baker losing to Burlington-Edison 12-0, Blaine will be going to the post season for the first time since Joey Paciorek’s senior year. Blaine is 6-6 in class 2A behind both Lynden and Burlington-Edison at 7-5 with two games remaining against Squalicum to overtake them.
Borderites beat Sedro-Woolley Kyle Olason cracked his third homerun of the season and scored three times as Blaine defeated Sedro-Woolley 5-3 in a non-conference game on April 30 at Pipeline Fields.
Dillon Alexander won his second game of the season and Daniel Vogee notched his second save by getting the final out.
Alexander hurled nine strikeouts while walking three, scattering seven hits. He was on his way to a complete game victory when the Cubs rallied in the top of the seventh inning, scoring once and loading the bases with two outs before Coach Gary Clausen called on Vogee.
Andrew Miller was 2-4 from the plate for Blaine and stole a base. He now leads the Northwest conference in steals with 11.