The Blaine baseball team earned two landslide victories against La Conner (9–1) and South Whidbey (8–3) over spring break, but the Borderites still have yet to win a Northwest conference game after a 5–4 loss at Anacortes on April 8. Their overall season record is even, with six wins and six losses, but the Borderites are 0–4 in conference play.
Head coach Sean Linville attributed the disparity between conference and non-conference play to tougher competition in the conference and things, “just not falling into place.”
“We haven’t been able to make those plays to put a game away,” he said. “It’s certainly not for lack of effort. Our guys are battling down to the last pitch.”
The Anacortes game was a battle that could have easily been surrendered after the second inning. Anacortes jumped out to a 5–0 lead when the three hitters in the middle of the Seahawks lineup – all of whom are Division I college prospects – roped solid line drives out of the infield.
Blaine pitcher Zach Rector stemmed the flow of runs after the second inning and then Blaine bats went to work.
“I think we showed some resilience,” Linville said. “When it’s 5–0 it’s not a good feeling, but we did a good job of clawing our way back into the game.”
By the seventh inning, the score was 5–4 and Blaine had a runner on base. Anacortes brought in a new pitcher, who shut the game down along with Blaine’s hopes of earning their first conference win.
“We’re trying to get past these moral victories,” Linville said. “Our play overall has been pretty good, but we’re making just enough mistakes to lose games. I think we’ll be able to overcome that as the season progresses.”