Track and field shines at Trojan Twilight, softball stays undefeated



After consecutive conference losses to Sehome, Anacortes and Mount Vernon (which boasts the state’s best prospect in Oregon State commit Xavier Neyens) last week, the Borderites bounced back with a pair of much-needed wins against Burlington-Edison and Mount Baker.

On the back of another stellar pitching performance from staff ace Kieran Markusen, the Borderites defeated the Tigers 8-1, marking the second win over the inter-county rivals this season. 

Markusen threw all seven innings without allowing an earned run, striking out five batters and allowing five hits. 

Blaine got out to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second with a multi-hit rally and RBI from Deon Bowman, Aaron Garza and Grady Swinburnson, and then piled on again in the third with RBI from Alejandro Moser-Hernandez and Garza again.

The three-game skid put a damper on Blaine’s place in the NWC standings, but remain in the middle of the conference pack.

The Borderites then traveled to play Mount Baker on April 2, winning handily, 15-0. The pair of wins brings Blaine’s record to 7-3 overall (3-3 NWC). 

With roughly half of its games played so far this season, the Borderites need to take care of business against conference opponents to secure a high seeding once 1A district playoffs start on May 1. 

The Borderites have a two-game homestand against Lynden on Tuesday, April 9 and Meridian on Wednesday, April 10, both 4:30 p.m. at Pipeline Field.


After a brief pause to the start of the season due to multiple game cancellations, Blaine softball came back like they never left, blowing out Sehome 14-0 for its third win on the season.

Ace pitcher Emersyn Bakker, who recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiate softball at Edmonds College and won the WIAA Athlete of the Week award for her play to start the season, was again sensational. Bakker struck out 10 batters in five innings, giving up no hits and no runs while walking two. 

The Borderites totaled 13 walks as a team, showing great plate discipline and allowing the team to notch seven stolen bases. 

The Borderites head into spring break with a conference-leading 4-0 record and a 3-0 NWC record, all while still not allowing a run to the three conference opponents it’s faced so far. 

The Bordeites return from its break with three games on the road, starting with Nooksack Valley on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m.


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