Blaine softball won its first Northwest Conference league championship May 11 after beating the Lakewood Cougars 4-3 at Pipeline Fields in Blaine.
The win gave the Lady Borderites a 14-1 record in conference, securing the top spot in the standings ahead of the Burlington-Edison Tigers and the Sedro-Woolley Cubs. Both the Tigers and Cubs finished conference play with 13-2 records.
Head coach Sean Miller said he was surprised at the level his team held all season. The Blaine girls only lost one game in a tight pitching battle with Burlington-Edison.
“I knew we’d be competitive but I didn’t expect us to dominate like we did,” Miller said.
They shined defensively all season. The Lady Borderites stopped their opponents from scoring in seven conference games, and the most runs they gave up in one game was six. Miller gave credit to pitchers Emersyn Bakker and Piper Nissen.
Winning conference, Blaine secured the number one seed for the Northwest Conference in the 1A district 1/2 tournament this week. The girls will play the Meridian Trojans for their first game at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. If they win, they will play the winner of Lynden Christian and Granite Falls at 6 p.m. If they lose, they drop down to the consolation or play-in bracket. Winning both games May 18 would put the team in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. All games are at Janicki Park in Sedro-Woolley.
Miller said the team is ready for the playoffs. “This is the time that you have to play your best softball,” he said.
The team finished its regular season with an overall record of 18-2. The tournament bracket can be found at bit.ly/3Mx3k4d.
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