Baseball team looks to improve after loss to Mount Vernon

Published on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 by Kyle Elliott

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Blaine’s baseball team certainly has a never-give-up attitude. The Borderites played their hearts out until the end of the game, even with only two wins on the year.

Mount Vernon, on the other hand, hasn’t lost.

The Bulldogs continued their winning streak with an 8-1 victory on Friday, April 13, at Pipeline Field.

Mount Vernon’s record didn’t matter to Blaine’s starting pitcher Cody Nagle.

“I knew I needed to throw to the best of my ability,” Nagle said. “Our defense is good, and I just needed to let them back me up. I just needed to try to locate my pitches.”

Nagle pitched four scoreless innings for the Borderites, but gave up three runs in the third and five runs in the sixth. He threw nearly 130 pitches in the game.

“I still felt good,” Nagle said. “I started to get a little tired at the end, but I fought hard and kept battling and tried to keep my pitches down.”

Nagle was relieved by Brett Allen, who threw only 10 pitches and allowed zero hits as he closed out the game for Blaine. Blaine head coach Gary Clausen was pleased with his play.

“Allen is starting to locate his pitches better,” Clausen said. “He doesn’t pitch year round, so it takes him a little longer to get back to form. He got great velocity today – it’s encouraging.”

Blaine’s only run in the game came from Luke Feenstra. Tas Scanlan hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to allow Feenstra to score. Feenstra had notched Blaine’s first hit of the game earlier that inning.

Clausen said he has a few things to work on with his team, and hitting is one of them.

“We have been struggling at the plate lately,” Clausen said. “We need guys to start seeing the good pitches. We get in the hole, count-wise, and then struggle because of it.”

Defense needs a little bit of work too.

“We need to sharpen up our defense,” Clausen said. “We need to support our pitchers better.”

The Borderites will continue to work over the rest of the season and won’t look at this loss as a letdown.

“I was pleased overall,” Clausen said. “We played a good game. Mount Vernon is ranked fifth in the state – they’re a good team.”

Blaine’s next game is at Meridian High School on April 20.