On more than one occasion this season, Skagit Valley College coaches and players were seen at Borderite softball games, scouting the senior heavy team that just finished their second consecutive trip to the 2A state tournament.
The guests to Pipeline Fields were tight-lipped about who they were scouting, but it is clear that they were pleased with what they saw. The Cardinals have accepted national letters of intent from three of the Borderites’ graduating seniors.
Leadoff hitter Amanda Moore, first baseman Kailynn Aiken and power hitter and left handed pitcher Taylor Trueblood all committed to playing for the Cardinals in the 2011 fastpitch season.
Moore was Blaine coach Tim Esposito’s disruptive phalanx on offense, getting on base and stealing bases to energize the Borderites’ offense. Aiken, whose defense at first base was impeccable this year, complemented it with timely clutch hitting.
Trueblood was the Borderites’ power hitter particularly in the playoffs, played steady defense at third base and was one of the pitchers that spelled Blaine ace Caitlin Dudley.