The Blaine girls softball team played the last three games of their regular season against 2A state title contenders Lynden and Sedro-Woolley. The 1A Borderites were overpowered to say the least: in three games, they were outscored 36–2.
At a double-header at home against Lynden May 3, Blaine lost the first game 14–0 and the second game 12–2. Lynden, which
leads 2A, put all the pieces together for two convincing wins. Pitcher Brooke Bonsen earned her 13th win of the season, allowing only two hits on her way to a shutout in the first game. The Lions were leading 6–0 when they went on an eight- run spree in the sixth inning. In the next game, Tanna Benson allowed two runs. Borderites Lexi Greguski and Ashley Bolick hit five of Blaine’s seven hits in the game, with Bolick batting 3–4 and Greguski hitting 2–4.
Blaine traveled to Sedro-Woolley May 7 and lost 10–0. Ashley Bolick and Alexis McElwain pitched two innings each against Sedro-Woolley, and the game was called halfway through the fifth inning.
“They were hitting everything we threw at them, and everything they hit seemed to find a gap,” coach Alisa Burk said. “It was just one of those days where nothing was going our way.”
On offense, Blaine didn’t get a single hit. Ashley Queen pitched the no-hitter for Sedro- Woolley and earned the Cubs’ ninth Northwest Conference (NWC) win.
The Borderites are now 7–6 in NWC play, and headed to the 1A District Tournament. After three landslide losses, what’s the game plan according to Burk?
“We’re going to put these last three games behind us and get back to playing Borderite softball,” she said.
From here on out Blaine will only play 1A teams, and the Borderites haven’t lost to another 1A team so far this year. They will face either Lynden Christian or Friday Harbor in the first round of the district tournament at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley Friday, May 10.