Desperate rally falls short as Ferndale snaps Borderite streak
With coach Tim Esposito giving Blaine ace Caitlin Dudley a rest, the Borderites came within inches of rallying to tie in the top of the seventh.
Natalie Sellers attempted to score on a wild pitch by Ferndale’s Kylie Williamson who tagged out Sellers at the plate on a flip by catcher Corrie Wilson for the final out of the game as the Golden Eagles outlasted Blaine 6-5 April 20 at Ferndale.
The out quelled a furious seventh inning rally by the Borderites. Behind 6-1 at the start of the inning, Suzie Pianki induced a walk and then pinch hitter Alyssa Southland rapped a single for her first hit of the season.
One out later, Samantha Wallace singled to load the bases. Dudley walked for an RBI and then three consecutive singles by Taylor Trueblood, Sellers and Stefawn Perrin added three runs.
Trueblood was forced at the plate on a fielder’s choice for the second out before Sellers was tagged out on the wild pitch to end the game.
Freshman Ashley Bolick was the Blaine starter and pitched well through four innings before the Golden Eagles scored five runs on two huge errors and two pitches.
Blaine loses second straight thriller to Lynden
Lynden’s Molly Koker slapped an RBI single with two outs in the fifth inning of a Danskin tight game to lead the Lions over Blaine 2-1 April 22 at Pipeline fields. In a game that Blaine coach Tim Esposito noted had playoff intensity, the Borderites once again fell just short, stranding the tying run on second at the end of the game.
Caitlin Dudley returned to the rubber after resting her sore knees for a game, with mixed results. At times, Dudley was dominating, retiring 10 consecutive batters at one point, but she wasn’t as sharp as the previous three games she started, when she shut out three teams on six total hits.
Dudley (6-3) pitched a complete game, allowing five hits, striking out seven, two walks and one hit batter.
The victory made a winner of Lynden’s Christie Visser (8-4) who also pitched a complete game but was always under pressure from Blaine hitters who had base runners in every inning but the sixth. The Borderites loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning but were unable to score. Blaine left a total of 11 runners on base.
Lynden got to Dudley early with two outs in the top of the first inning, manufacturing a run on two singles, a passed ball and a walk. Blaine countered in the third inning when Taylor Trueblood singled in Samantha Wallace. The loss left Blaine 6-6, 5-2 in the Northwest conference as their second consecutive loss dropped them into third place.
Bolick wins first as Blaine trounces Trojans
Left-hander Ashley Bolick scattered eight hits to win her first game of the season and the Borderites feasted on eight Trojan errors as Blaine rolled to a 14-4 Northwest conference (NWC) victory at Meridian.
The win left Blaine with a 7-6 record, 6-2 in the NWC. Stefawn Perrin and Amanda Moore each had multiple hits, while Taylor Trueblood homered to lead the nine hit attack for the Borderites.