by Jack Kintner
Borderites remain perfect in league play
Rob Bleecker continued his winning ways Monday at the Pipe, pitching and hitting the sixth-ranked Killer B’s to their seventh league victory without a loss as they took the measure of a good Nooksack team 4-3 coming from behind twice to do it.
The game turned Blaine’s way while trailing 1-0 in the Blaine third with two outs. Kyle Dhanini singled sharply past the pitcher, and then narrowly avoided a quick pick-off move when he strayed toward second. On the next pitch he ran all the way home on Joey Paciorek’s double. Craig Rothwell singled Paciorek around third and into a close play at the plate where he avoided the tag and scored the go-ahead run to make it 2-1 Blaine.
Nooksack came back in the fourth on RBI’s by Bret Handy and Dan Skillman and a Joey Paciorek fielding error to regain the lead at 3-2, but Blaine answered again as Nate Dodgson tripled, sending the previously walked Ryan Henley from first to home and the tie. Then Ryan Shockey sacrificed to the second baseman giving Dodgson plenty of time to canter home with the winning run.
Rob Bleecker (4-1) got the win and also hit a triple. Joey Paciorek closed in his usual intimidating style, consistently nailing the bottom corners of the strike zone as he one-hit the Pioneers for the last two innings.
Blaine’s record is now 7-0 in league and 85-1 over-all, and they remain ranked sixth by the Seattle Times weekly poll for the second week in a row.
NV 100 200 0 - 3 4 1
Blaine 002 200 X - 4 8 2
Lawson gets her ‘no-no’
Sirita Lawson pitched her second no hitter of the season last week as the Lady B’s mashed the hapless Lynden Christian Lyncs 9-0. Not only did Lawson get the no-hitter, but it was a genuine “no-no,” a no-hit, no-run game.
“I felt pretty good the whole way, and Aizia
(Lawson, her sister and battery mate) and I worked well
together. The best thing was that I got good offensive
and defensive support from my team,” Lawson said.
Aizia Lawson went 2-3 at the plate, scored twice and drove in a run. Jaclyn McDonald also went 2-3 and scored plus driving in one run. Kailyn Bird went 3-4 with a double and scored twice, as did Ashley Sullivan (2-3, 1 RBI).
Lady B’s (4-3, 3-2) head for Nooksack
this afternoon for a game that begins at 4:30 p.m.
Blaine 020 500 2 - 9 11 0
LC 000 000 0 - 0 0 1