One of the great maladies of the Borderite softball team has been an avalanche of errors that are inherent in a young team. The Blaine girls buckled down in their game with Sehome at Geri Fields, Wednesday, April 20, but there was the simple matter of controlling Sehome’s hitters.
Twice, Blaine decided to pitch around hard-hitting Mariner’s clean up hitter, Austin Wilkerson to face Rachel Albert instead. Albert made pitcher Ashley Bolick pay dearly, crushing a pair of two-run home runs to break open a close game and lead Sehome to a dominant 12-2 Northwest Conference (NWC) victory.
Sehome had a 4-0 lead after Albert’s first homer in the third when Blaine responded with a rally in the top of the fourth. The promising rally was led by Bolick who lashed a double, and went 2 for 3 on the day.
After drawing to 4-2, Blaine had two on with only one out but left the runners stranded on base. An inning later, Sehome scored three runs, including Albert’s second blast to give Sehome a cushion that Blaine would not recover from.
Errors contributed to the loss of an early lead against Meridian, Friday, April 22, at Pipeline Fields. After going up by a run in the first inning, Blaine gave up five runs in the second.
Though the Borderites committed four errors, Alexis McElwain kept Blaine in the game, pitching four shut-out innings afterward, but Blaine could only muster one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, despite out-hitting Meridian in a 7-2 NWC loss.
Blaine’s game at Burlington-Edison on Monday, April 25, was postponed by rain.