Blaine softball falls to Mount Baker

Published on Wed, May 7, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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A botched first inning put the Borderites in a deep hole against Mount Baker, and they never recovered.

The Mountaineers won the Northwest Conference (NWC) matchup 9–2 at Blaine May 6. Alexis McElwain started in the circle for the Borderites. Although she had a rough first inning with four walks, she was able to rein in her pitching to get three strikeouts and only two more walks through the next five innings. Hannah Kiele closed for Blaine.

The Borderites fared better on the other side of the plate, but failed to produce many runs because they stranded a number of
 runners on base. Lyric Berry hit 3–4 with 2 RBIs. Lexi Greguski hit 2–4 and McElwain hit 2–3. The only two runs for Blaine were scored by Hannah Kiele, and Berry hit her in both times – once in the fifth inning and once in the seventh.

In the third inning, shortstop Baylee Foster made a spectacular double play when she caught a line drive then dove to tag third base, catching the runner off the bag for a force out. 

“It was a heads-up play,” said Blaine coach Alisa Burk. “She did the only thing she could have done to get the out. She’s been very solid at shortstop, with good instincts.”

Burk said Mount Baker outplayed the Borderites to get the win.

“They applied good pressure from the outset, and put us in a tough hole that we couldn’t get out of. We had good opportunities, but we couldn’t bring runners home,” she said.

Although this is the first time this season the two teams have met, the Borderites have good reason to hold a grudge against the Mountaineers. Blaine beat them in the regular season last year, but lost twice to them in the postseason and was knocked out of playoffs as a result.

“We figured we’d switch it up this year by losing to them first in the regular season and beating them in the playoffs,” said assistant coach Gary Dunster.

On May 1, Blaine crushed Squalicum 14–0 in a NWC away game. Lyric Berry and Riley Miller shared the shutout, with Berry pitching the first two innings and Miller pitching the last three of the five-inning game. The Borderites had a combined 12 hits and 12 RBI.

The next day, Blaine traveled to Burlington-Edison and lost the non-conference matchup 10–7. Blaine had nine hits and four RBI.

“They put in their ace and she shut us down,” Burk said. “We put in a good effort.”

The team will face Lynden in a double-header at Lynden on Thursday, May 8. The first of the two games is a NWC game. The senior game is the final game of the regular season, a home game against Sedro-Woolley scheduled for May 13.