Blaine softball’s big inning on senior night wasn’t enough

Blaine junior Lyric Berry throws a pitch during the Borderites’ final home game.  Photo by Oliver Lazenby

Blaine junior Lyric Berry throws a pitch during the Borderites’ final home game.
Photo by Oliver Lazenby

The Borderites varsity softball team lost its final home game to Sehome, the league leading team with a 16–2 record, on Thursday, May 5, and then split a doubleheader against Meridian the following day.

Sehome’s defense kept Blaine from scoring for four innings, and Blaine went up to bat in the fifth inning trailing 6–0. The Borderites tied the game with RBIs by Taylor Miller, Daphne Pugh, Tessa Kelly and Brittaney Carrington.

Sehome hitters answered in the following inning with a couple of base hits and a home run. Sehome had another big inning in the seventh inning. Despite getting runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings, Blaine failed to score any more runs and the game ended 14–6.

Senior third baseman Riley Miller was a bright spot for Blaine’s defense, making a couple inning-ending double plays. In the second inning she tagged out a Sehome runner in a pickle between third base and home, and seconds later tagged out the other Sehome runner who was sliding into third.

First baseman Keeley Barthlow stretches for an out on a throw from Riley Miller. Photo by Oliver Lazenby

First baseman Keeley Barthlow stretches for an out on a throw from Riley Miller.
Photo by Oliver Lazenby

Then in the fourth inning, Miller snagged a line drive in the infield for an out, and threw out the runner, who had taken off for second base. Miller also drew loud cheers diving for a ground ball in the sixth inning and nailing a fast throw across the diamond that beat the runner to first base.

The Borderites had a 7–12 record going into its final game on Wednesday, May 11 at Ferndale.

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