Alexis McElwain pitched what would have been a shut out against Nooksack Valley if not for one confusing play that scored two runs in the fifth inning.
Nevertheless, the Blaine girls softball team held on to defeat the Nooksack Valley Pioneers, winning the April 10th Northwest Conference (NWC) away game 3–2.
McElwain threw a complete game and held the Pioneers scoreless for four innings. In the fifth, two Nooksack runners scored when a pitch that hit the batter went past the catcher. The play was not called dead, so the runners took off. A missed throw to third base resulted in two runs scored.
Despite the confusion, the Borderites kept their composure and got out of the inning. Coach Alisa Burk said it was one of McElwain’s best performances to date.
“McElwain was lights out yesterday, especially against a great hitting team like Nooksack Valley,” Burk said.
Nooksack Valley won the district championship last year and owned a 3–2 overall record heading into the April 9 game. The win advanced Blaine’s NWC record to 2–0.
Lyric Berry went three for four at bat with an RBI and a run. McElwain went three for four with an RBI. Hanna Kiele hit the first home run of her high school career, a solo shot in the first inning.
After the Pioneers scored their two runs in the fifth, Blaine had to fight to hold on to the lead. In the final inning, Nooksack Valley had two runners on base with two outs. The batter hit a slow line drive to third base that Riley Miller had to leap for.
“She timed it just right and made the final out,” Burk said.
The Borderites then faced Anacortes four days later home April 14. The
Seahawks won the NWC matchup 6–1. McElwain pitched again for Blaine, and hit one for two with a double. Mikayla Deming scored Blaine’s only run.
Blaine will face the Bellingham Red Raiders on Thursday, April 17. The game begins at 4:30 p.m.