The softball team advanced to 2–0 in non-conference play after defeating Bellingham 13–1 at home March 18.
The dominant win at Pipeline field showcased the pitching talent of Alexis McElwain and Jolee Russell, who combined to pitch a no-hitter with one unearned run. McElwain was pitching in the third inning when walks and an error led to Bellingham’s only run scored by Katie Hinkley.
“Alexis (McElwain) came out pretty strong,” head coach Alisa Burk said. “She struggled to find the plate at times, but overall
our pitching was good.”
McElwain struck out six batters in three innings and Russell struck out two batters in the final two innings. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Blaine bats got going in a big way, led by Lexi Greguski who connected in two of three at bats with a triple and two runs. Ashley Bolick hit 2–3 as well, knocking in a double and scoring two runs. Selena Pai hit 2–2 with a double and a run.
Greguski is Blaine’s leadoff hitter because she consistently got on base last year, Burk said.
“Now that she’s hitting with power, we might have to move her down the lineup so she can get more RBIs,” she added.
Blaine faced Lynden Christian (LC) away on March 19 and won the game 11–7.
Before the game, Burk said her team was focusing on elevating its play to beat a team that consistently finds a way to win.
“In past years, it always seems like we’re playing better than Lynden Christian and have the game in our grasp, but they find a way to come out on top,” Burk said.
LC’s home field has a large outfield, which is a factor in both hitting and fielding, but Burk expressed confidence in her outfield.
“Our outfield is stronger than ever,” she said. “Our center fielder (Selena Pai) is solid. In three years I think I’ve only seen her make one error.”
Burk said she sees post-season potential in her team as the Borderites hurdle the first games of the season.
“The only issue I can foresee will be fitting players who play multiple positions into where they work best,” she said. Each pitcher, for example, also has the defensive skill to contribute as an infielder or outfielder, and Burk said there might be some moving around to find the best combination.