Borderites win 2 of 3
By Neil Macdonald
Blaine defeated Lakewood 12-2 on April 8 and lost a 2-0 decision to Lynden Christian on April 11 at the Pipe before beating the Lyncs 10-5 at LC on April 12 in North Cascades Conference spring break baseball action.
Grant Sanders started the April 12 tilt at LC. He struck out the initial Lyncs batter, then got the next three LC batters to turn his curve into dirt-gathering grounders each a potential out but faulty Borderite fielding turned each into an error. Taylor DeBoers single quickly transformed two of the resultant runners into a 2-0 LC lead. But the outcome of a baseball game can be taken by a Grant, but never for granted.
Despite the nightmarish opening inning, Sanders went the distance, scattering five hits and striking out 10 to get the win. The Borderites were without Craig Anderson in the April 12 game. Anderson, one of Blaines better batters, was visiting Northeast Oklahoma Community College on a recruiting sight-see.
The victory left Blaine in second place in the NCC with a 9-1 record. That lone NCC loss came in the April 11 LC game. Lync hurler Mark Holleman struck out nine while throwing a 3-hit shutout at the Borderites. Blaine had several chances to score, but came up empty. They had a runner thrown out at the plate in the third, failed to score after loading the bases in the fourth and had two aboard in the seventh but werent able to score. The loss ended an eight-game Borderite NCC winning streak.
Blaine scored 10 runs in the first three innings in the Lakewood game and matched a two-run Cougar fifth with two more of their own. Sanders hit a two-run home run, drew two walks and tallied three RBIs.
Teammate Kyle Dhanani went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs. Anderson was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Starter Chris Kleman picked up the win his second..
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McGee, Coulter, Riddle place at Pasco
Blaine picked up two fourths and a fifth at the prestigious Pasco Invitational in the dry side city on April 13.
Nik McGee finished fourth in the boys shot-put with a 55'10"toss that fell two inches short of Woodinvilles Cameron Neels third place effort. Distance diva Grace Coulter ran a respectable 11:16.88 to place fourth in the girls 3200m run and Becky Riddle was fifth in the girls shot with a 37'10" throw that landed two-and-a-half inches short of fourth place.
Lady Bs split with Lady Ks
Blaine traveled to Leavenworth to split a spring break pair of non-conference fastpitch games with Cascade, losing 5-4 decision to the Lady Kodiaks on April 9 and winning 5-2 on April 10.
Cascade jumped into a 5-0 lead after four innings in the April 9 game before Blaine closed things to 5-4 on Alisa Burks 3-run base-emptying double and subsequent run on an error. The Lady Bs matched the Lady Ks in hits (5 each), made one less error (3 to Cascades 4), but fell a run short of tying and two short of winning the game.
The Ks were up 1-0 after four innings in the April 10 tilt when Blaines offense took over, outscoring Cascade 5-1 in the final three innings. Krista Walter threw a 3-hitter for the win.
Blaines bat attack included Burk going 3-for-4; Lacy Cheatwood, 3-for-4 with a RBI and Kaylyn Bird igniting the Lady Bs 3-run fifth inning with a 2-run bases-loaded double.
Two Wins for Cudas
Andrew Price won the midget 80 lb. category and Jacob Humphrey, the novice 65-lb. class for the Blaine Barracudas at the Hawkeye Invitational wrestling tournament in Anacortes on April 13.
Jesse Kilthau in the school boy 80 lb. and Nick Jordan in the school boy 115 lb. picked up thirds for Blaine. Barracuda Wrestlers of the Week were Andrew Price, Jacob Humphrey and Richie Tewes.
Darrell Price Jr. was first in the 112 lb. novice division and brother Andrew, second in the 80 lb. midget group at the Shelton Wrestle Fest on April 6. .
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