Softball saves best for last

Published on Wed, May 14, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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In their last home game of the season, which was also the senior game, Blaine put on a softball clinic to defeat Sedro-Woolley 11–3.

Blaine coach Alisa Burk said the May 13 Northwest Conference game was probably the team’s best performance of the 
season so far.

“It was excellent,” Burk said. “Coming into the game, we said we weren’t going to hold Sedro-Woolley high above us even though they are 2A with a better record. We said we needed to focus on our own game and play Borderite softball, and that’s what we did.”

Alexis McElwain pitched all seven innings for the Borderites.

“Lexi trusted her defense and pitched a great game,” Burk said. “When she is on like that, not many people can hit her.”

At bat for Blaine, senior Samantha Southland put on a breakout performance and led the team. She got hits in all four at-bats and drove in three runs. In the fourth inning, Southland led off and and hit a hard line drive to left field, which she stretched into a double by making a diving slide into second base.

“She played an incredible game today,” Burk said. “I started her for the senior game and she came out huge, which was really good to see.”

McElwain hit 3–4 with two runs. Riley Miller hit 2–3 with three RBI and three runs. Defensively, the Borderites were on point, with several spectacular outs thrown from the outfield through perfect cutoffs. In the third inning, McElwain and the defense retired the side with the bases loaded before any runs could score.

“We got out of some tough situations,” Burk said.

Four seniors played their last varsity game on Pipeline Field: McElwain, Southland, Baylee Foster and Selena Pai. Before the game, they brought flowers out to their parents in a show of thanks for all the support.

“To win the senior game and the last home game like this, it definitely means a lot,” Burk said.

The game was supposed to be the last of the regular season, but Blaine traveled to Lynden on Wednesday, May 14 to make up a doubleheader that was rained out last week. One of the games counted towards conference standings, the other did not. Check our Facebook page, facebook.com/thenorthernlight, for an update.

Blaine will head to Sedro-Woolley for the 1A District tournament Friday, May 16, where they will likely face Meridian in the first round. The game begins at 4 p.m.