So nice, they did it twice

Published on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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The Blaine girls softball team’s record improved to five wins, three losses in Northwest Conference (NWC) play after two key wins against Meridian and Sehome.

“The last two games were big for us,” said head coach Alisa Burk. “It’s a good time to be winning so we can improve our 
standings before the post season.”

Blaine crushed Meridian 12–0 in an away game on April 22 before coming home to beat Sehome the next night 5–3. Blaine’s ace Ashley Bolick pitched both games.

“She pitched 14 innings in two days for two wins,” Burk said. “Really impressive stuff.”

Burk called the game against Sehome, “intense from start to finish.” Blaine hit well from the outset with Lexi Greguski, Selena Pai, Ashley Bolick and Riley Miller each scoring a run in the first inning.

Bolick held Sehome scoreless through five innings. In the sixth, the Mariners scored three runs from their best hitters in the middle of the batting order. Blaine escaped the inning still in the lead, and scored another run in the seventh for good measure. Mikayla Deming scored the final run.

“[Deming] had a great day at the plate,” Burk said. Deming went 2–3 with one run, two RBIs and a double. Selena Pai also hit well, going 2–3 with one run, an RBI and a triple.

“Sehome has some good hitters who were able to put the ball in play, but Bolick did a good job of pitching grounders and fly balls. The defense did a good job of getting the outs, so we were able to hold them off,” Burk said.

“It was a great game,” she added. “Ashley [Bolick] was just awesome. I’ve been calling her the mule because she works so hard.”

Blaine presently has the fifth-best record in the conference. The top six teams from the NWC will qualify for the 1A District Tournament at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley May 10–11.

The Borderites next play Friday Harbor on Thursday, April 25 in a non-conference away game. Their next scheduled conference home game will be a double-header against top-ranked Lynden on Friday, May 3.