Three Anacortes errors took Todd Bird off the hook and made Daniel Vogee a winner as Blaine swept the Seahawks in a home-and-home series, winning the second game at Pipeline Fields, 6-5 on March 31. The Seahawks had a 5-1 lead going into the seventh when an avalanche of errors opened the door for a Blaine rally that was capped by Tanner Weaver’s dramatic two-out, bases loaded double. Down by a run, Weaver drilled a screaming gapper to right center plating two runs for a stunning walk-off victory.
Dillon Alexander again was bewitched by the silent Blaine bats at Mt. Vernon, April 1. Again pitching well, Alexander endured two errors, four runs and scattered seven hits, keeping the Borderites close. This week’s buzz saw for Alexander was the Bulldog’s Jared Knapp, hurling a four hit shut out and sending Alexander’s record to 0-2. The loss evened the Borderites’ record to 3-3 on the year.
In a game that featured Northwest Conference (NWC) pitching standouts, Blaine’s Kyle Olason and Lynden’s Tyler Lingbloom, it was what didn’t happen that dictated what happened in the game. Olason threw 12 strikeouts, including striking out the side in the second and third innings and did not win the game.
Lingbloom surrendered 13 hits, three walks and endured five stolen bases and didn’t lose. The Borderites hit Lingbloom with four consecutive hits in the sixth inning and came away with no runs. This bizarre recipe led to an inexplicable 5-4 loss to the Lions, April 5.
Olason was cruising until the fifth inning, holding a 4-0 lead, when Lynden caught up to his cutter and hung three runs on him. Olason returned to retire the side in the sixth, before giving way to reliever Tyler Trueblood. Trueblood was thrown into a tight game because the Borderites couldn’t take advantage of their golden opportunity in the bottom of the sixth.
Consecutive hits by Cody Nagle, Alexander, Vogee and Andrew Miller were nullified by huge base running errors. Nagle was caught off the bag at first and Alexander was thrown out at home after hesitating on a base hit. Blaine had three total base running outs in addition to two errors.