Blaine baseball is off to a solid start under new head coach Sean Linville after crushing Concrete 9–0 at home in the season opener.
“For the first game of the season I think we played well,” Linville said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but that’s typical in a first game. Our pitching was solid and we did a good job being aggressive at the plate.”
Three senior pitchers worked together to earn the shutout for Blaine. Starting pitcher Brett Allen struck out five batters in the first three innings, Tony Goucher struck out four in the next three innings to earn the win and Dwayne Ortega closed the game with two strikeouts in the final inning.
At bat the Borderites swung early and often, hitting eight singles spread among seven players.
“We weren’t hitting with authority, but we were putting the ball in play,” Linville said. “Early in the season, the hitting tends to be a little behind the pitching, but I thought we were well balanced against Concrete.”
Caleb Johnson hit 2-4 and drove in three runs. Ben Hodgin hit 1-2 with two runs, two walks, two stolen bases and a RBI. Ortega batted 1-3 with two runs and a RBI, and sophomore Cody Gobbato scored one run, hitting 1-3 with a RBI.
Allen walked in both of his at bat, stole two bases and scored two runs. Matt Vogee hit 1-3 and scored one run, and Myles Peltier hit 1-4 to score one run.
Blaine’s next baseball game is at La Conner on Friday, March 15.
The Borderites then take on Darrington at home on Pipeline Field, Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m.