Sports -- April 07, 2005

Published on Thu, Apr 7, 2005
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Blaine baseball squad runs up a 3–0 record

After a strong Mt. Baker first inning left them trailing in the early going, Blaine came back to score three runs in the third and another couple in the fourth to break a tie and beat a sound Mt. Baker squad 7-5 in an error-filled contest last week at the Pipe.

Kyle Dhanani (1-0) got the win, and went 2-2 at the plate. Joey Paciorek got the crowd to its feet early with a first-inning triple and went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s.

Then the rains came, and a planned tilt at Joe Martin Field against this year’s likely state champion Lakewood was postponed and moved to Blaine. Lakewood still ran away with the contest with seven runs in the last two innings to win 11-5, but this is as good a team as Blaine is ever going to face. Bright spots offensively included Bryan Galbraith (2-4 and an RBI) and Joey Paciorek, who nearly hit for the circuit with a double, a triple and four RBI’s.

Blaine got back on track with a laugher against Steilacoom, 11 to 1 behind Ryan Shockey (1-0), a game in which Paciorek got his third triple in three games. And then on Monday Blaine beat the hapless Nooksack Pioneers 6-1 as the emerging talents of Rob Bleecker were once again put on display. Bleecker got the win with four strong innings in which he struck out nine and allowed only one unearned run.

In the fourth he slammed an RBI double to add a little cushion but by the time the B’s were finished Nooksack was nowhere to be seen.
Not counting a late game against a tough Meridian squad yesterday, Blaine’s league record is still intact at 3-0. This is a team that’s got a lot of talent and is fun to watch, with a nice balance between pitching and offense. They next play at Lynden Christian tomorrow and then head for Brewster for a spring break non-league double header. Brewster is the home of former Blaine basketball standout Tim Evans.