The Blaine softball team is on a five-game winning streak, and capped their 1A regular season play with an electrifying win at Mount Baker on April 30.
For coach Alisa Burk, a defensive play in the fourth inning perfectly captured a game full of highlights for the Borderites against a strong Mount Baker team.
With a runner on third, Mount Baker hit a fly ball to right field. The runner waited for Blaine right fielder Jolee Russell to catch the ball then sprinted for home. Russell fired to the cut-off first baseman Hanna Kiele, who swiftly executed the turn and got the ball to catcher Lexi Greguski just in time for a collision at the plate. Greguski held on to the ball and tagged the runner out, firing up the Borderite squad who went on to win 5–0.
Ace Ashley Bolick was her regular self on the mound, blanking the Mountaineers for her second shutout of the season. Another big story was Alexis McElwain, who sparked hitting sprees in her first appearance since sustaining a concussion in a game at Burlington-Edison March 22.
McElwain hit a leadoff single in the second inning and a leadoff double in the fourth. She went 3–4 with two runs, an RBI and a double while filling in at center field for Selena Pai, who is on vacation for the week in California.
“Alexis (McElwain) stepped up big and filled a huge hole,” Burk said.
Blaine crushed Friday Harbor 18–8 April 23 and beat up on Squalicum 21–3 two days later, but the win at Mount Baker meant more to Burk.
“Today was the real test,” she said. “We’ve proven we can beat any 1A team. That gives us a lot of momentum heading into the end of the season.”
The Borderites face Lynden at home Friday, May 3.