Blaine’s Parker Wallace stretches for an infield grounder as Meridian’s Tony Luchi slides into second. Photo by Karl King
After manhandling Mt. Baker in the opener, the Borderites got after the Mounties again in the second game of a home-and-home series in Deming. Blaine tallied six runs through three innings but then struggled against the Mt. Baker bullpen and fell 11-6 on March 24.
The situation didn’t improve against undefeated Meridian at the Pipeline athletic complex on March 26. Willie Hansen threw a sparkling shutout over the Borderites, scattering just three hits as Meridian beat Blaine 3-0. Coming off a victorious two game road trip to Arizona, the Trojans were confident coming in that they could handle the Borderites. Hansen, now 3-0, knew how to quiet Blaine’s bats.
“I threw lots of fast balls away,” said the victorious Hansen, “and I had a good defense behind me.” The Meridian win spoiled a fair pitching effort by Dillon Alexander, who gave up three runs and kept Blaine in the game. He was also snakebitten by the Meridian’s running game. Blaine opponents have averaged three steals a game this season.
Borderite bats awakened in Anacortes as Blaine got out to a 5-0 lead supporting Kyle Olason’s five innings of shutout pitching as Blaine outlasted the Seahawks 6-4 on March 29. Olason surrendered only three hits and hit his second home run of the season in the first inning. The win evened Blaine’s record to 2-2 (2-1 in the Northwest Conference).