By Oliver Lazenby
Despite solid pitching from Colby Knutzen, Blaine couldn’t defeat league-leading Sedro-Woolley (16–2 overall) in a 3–0 duel on April 23.
The loss gives Blaine an 11–6 overall record and makes Thursday’s game against Burlington-Edison even more important for playoff seeding. The Borderites will make it to the district half tournament either way, but losing to Burlington-Edison means playing a better opponent in the loser-out first round of the tournament.
Sedro-Woolley scored all three runs in the third inning against Blaine. That inning aside, Knutzen allowed just two hits.
“I have a lot of confidence in him,” Borderites head coach Tanner Olson said. “In districts if he pitches like that we’re going to find a way to win.”
Knutzen pitched six and two-third innings. Relief pitcher Tyler Haggith struck out Sedro-Woolley’s final batter in three pitches.
At-bat, Hayden Dohner hit two singles and Nick Gunderson, Chase Abshere, Ben Wallen, Ryan Turnberg and Tobin Akre each hit one.
“Overall our at-bats were fine, we just didn’t have luck on our side,” Olson said. “That’s the way baseball goes.”
Blaine plays at Burlington-Edison (14–3 overall) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Playoffs start Tuesday, April 30.