BLAINE - Mistakes again cost the Blaine baseball team, as the Borderites committed five errors in a season-ending 7-2 loss to South Whidbey in a consolation game of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament on Thursday, May 2, at Pipeline Fields.
The loss was the 11th straight for the Borderites and ended their season with a 6-16 mark.
"(Matt) Vogee had two doubles and carried us on offense from start to finish," Blaine coach Sean Linville said. "Collectively, we struggled to score runs again, and it put a lot of stress on our pitching and defense. When you don't score many runs, you don't have any room for error."
Unfortunately, Blaine made five of those, and the Falcons capitalized to score three runs in the third inning to erase a 1-0 Blaine lead.
"We got ahead, and it's been a while since we did that," Linville said. "Brett (Allen) pitched outstanding Saturday, but he just didn't have the same life in his arm. They took some good swings against him. Sometimes you've just got to say good job, because they had some good hits. But once again, we made too many mistakes and put ourselves in some bad situations."
Blaine simply wasn't able to generate enough offense to overcome those miscues.
Allen, Myles Peltier and Chris Doll each picked up a hit to go along with the nice day from Vogee, who also scored both Blaine runs.
The Borderites list seven seniors on their district roster, including Allen and Vogee.
Linville said he saw progress during his first year leading the Borderites.
"I was pleased that we were competitive pretty much the whole year," he said. "If you look at our scores, there weren't any 15-0 scores. We battled tooth and nail with a lot of good teams. ... That's a building block, but really, we know we've got a long way to go."
SOUTH WHIDBEY 7, BLAINE 2
Blaine 100 100 0 - 2 4 5
South Whidbey 003 121 x - 7 8 1
WP: N/A. LP: Brett Allen. Highlights: Brett Allen 1-4; Matt Vogee 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B; Myles Peltier 1-2, Chris Doll 1-1.