Everything was going so well for two and a half innings during the opening game of Alisa Burk’s coaching debut as the Borderites head softball coach. The Borderites had powered out two runs in the first inning off Mount Baker starter Rebeca Parker, while Blaine starter Ashley Bolick had kept the Mountaineers down, giving up only one hit and peppering in three strikeouts.
Then the wheels came off the wagon. First Mount Baker changed pitchers in the top of the third bringing in tall Emily Yost. Yost proceeded to strike out the side. She then punctuated a huge Mount Baker rally in the bottom of the inning with a mammoth two-run home run that staked the Mountaineers to a 4-2 lead. An error and a bevy of stolen bases would add three more runs in the stanza and a 7-2 lead.
Yost combined with Parker to no-hit the Borderites for the remainder of the game as the Mountaineers cruised to an 11-2 non-conference victory over Blaine Wednesday, March 16, at Mount Baker high school.
Bolick got the Blaine offense started with a one out, infield single in the first inning. After a Yvonne Alvarez strikeout, junior catcher Natalee Sellers, who went two for three in the game, cashed Bolick’s hit in, ripping a blistering RBI triple. Freshman Baylee Foster then scored Sellers with a strong RBI single giving the Borderites their short-lived 2-0 lead.
For the sophomore Bolick, it was a game of highs and lows. She pitched relatively well in every inning but the seventh, compiling eight strikeouts in her performance. Bolick also had a throwing error in the fourth that cost two runs and gave up 18 hits. Yost was the winning pitcher while Bolick took the complete game loss.
Freshman Alexis McElwain didn’t have it easy anyway pitching in her first varsity game, but her teammates committed seven errors leading to five runs as Chimicum whipped the Borderites 9-2 in a non-conference game Saturday, March 19.
The Borderites were held to four hits and managed only two runs in the sixth inning. Chimicum retaliated in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs to put the game out of reach.
Brittany Denson went 2-3 and Bolick chipped in with an RBI single. McElwain was saddled with the loss.
Photos by Shannon Southland