Blaine head softball coach Alisa Burk got a good look at the youth movement of her Borderites as they faced 3A power Mount Vernon in Blaine’s home opener at Pipeline Fields Tuesday, March 22. The Bulldogs tagged Blaine starting pitcher with six runs in the top of the first inning to start a 16-0 five inning rout of the Borderites.
Blaine bats were silenced by Mount Vernon pitcher Devin Hiltz who spun a masterful one-hitter. Hard-hitting Natalee Sellers was the lone batter to spoil Hiltz no-hitter bid. The Borderite’s committed five errors in the game.
The Borderite bats awoke to some degree when they faced Mount Baker for the second time in two weeks in their Northwest conference opener at Pipeline Fields Friday March 25, producing 10 hits and a season high five runs.
However, seven errors in the game allowed hard-hitting Mount Baker sluggers Rebeca Parker and Emily Yost to feast on freshman pitcher Alexis McElwain. Mount Baker got seven runs in the fourth inning to distance themselves from the Borderites as the Mounties handled the Borderites 12-5.
Brittany Denson was 4-4 leading off and Yvonne Alvarez was 3-4 to lead the Borderites at the plate. McElwain took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.
In the Blaine’s softball team’s strongest effort of the season, a grizzly injury and two critical errors keyed Lynden’s 7-3 win over the Borderites in the first game of a double-header at Daniels field in Anacortes March 26.
“Our bats are coming around,” Blaine head softball coach Alisa Burk said. “That was the best game we’ve played this year.”
The Borderites took an early lead in the top of the first inning, when Blaine’s top hitter, Natalee Sellers crushed an RBI triple into the gap scoring Britney Denson from second for a 1-0 lead.
Fortunes took their first turn in the bottom of the inning when Sellers attempted to throw out a Lynden runner trying to steal second. Blaine’s shortstop was unable to avoid the one hop strike from Sellers as it took an odd bounce on the fringe of the Daniels field artificial turf and cued off her face. Foster went down hard. Anacortes EMS responded and Foster was diagnosed with a broken nose.
“I was proud of them,” Burk noted, “even after the injury, they continued to play hard.”
The score stayed the same until the pivotal third inning. With starting pitcher Ashley Bolick cruising through the first two innings, Lynden started its rally when a routine fly ball to left wasn’t fielded by Alyssa Southland.
Three singles, a sacrifice fly and a second error in the inning led to four runs for Lynden.
“Without that error, it’s only a one run game,” Burk said.
Freshman Alexis McElwain closed the gap to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning when she laced a two-out triple and then scored on a Lynden throwing error.
Lynden countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning manufactured from three hits, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly, extending their lead to 6-2.
Down 7-2, in the top of the seventh, Sellers scored Denson again with a single to make the final 7-3 score. Ashley Bolick took the loss despite holding the Lions to seven hits.
The second game of the double-header saw the Borderites facing off against Northwest conference foe Sehome led by ferocious hitting Ashley Bookerson.
With McElwain pitching, the Borderites trailed 3-0 going into the third inning, when the second tough injury occurred.
Already with an RBI single in her pocket from the first inning Bookerson led off the third by sending a searing line drive off of McElwain’s knee sending her hard to the turf.
“There was some swelling on her knee,” Burk said. “We’ll just have to wait and see when she can come back and play.”
Sehome scored three times in the inning to move out to a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the Borderites rallied for three runs. Bolick doubled and Sellers singled before Yvonne Alvarez was hit with a pitch to load the bases.
Kayla Ubil walked to score Bolick. Then Selena Rogers-Pai hit a two-run single to make the score 6-3.
That was the last happy moment in the game as the Borderites committed an avalanche of 11 errors. The errors forced Burk to walk Sehome’s Bookerson twice with the bases loaded.
“We give them just one run with her at the plate,” Burk said. “That’s my call to make.” Sehome scored six runs in those two innings.
Photos by Shannon Southland