Blaine softball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 14, 2014 

BLAINE

Borderites

Coach: Alisa Burk

Last year: The Borderites finished 16-9 overall last year, and 7-5 in Northwest Conference play. ... Under Burk, Blaine advanced to the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament where it went 3-1 to earn a spot in tri-districts. ... A victory over Bothel Cedar Park Christian was followed by a season-ending loss to Mount Baker in tri-districts.

Players to watch: Alexis McElwain (Sr., P/Utility); Selena Pai (Sr., OF); Lexi Greguski (Jr., C).

Outlook: Blaine is coming off a resurgent 2013 season, and apparently that mentality has transitioned well to this season. At least according to Blaine coach Alisa Burk. "This year we've worked harder than ever," Burk said in a phone interview, "harder than I've pushed them in the past. We look really strong." Leading the Borderites both in the circle and at the plate will be senior Alexis McElwain. "She's going to be an incredible leader for the team," Burk said of McElwain. "Just mentally she's going to be one of the ones who will carry us." Senior Selena Pai, who will be roaming center field, will help Blaine's pitching staff with her ability to cover lots of ground, while also providing a strong bat at the top of the Borderites' lineup. "I have 1 through 9 that can hit," Burk said.

2014 ROSTER

Name Year Pos.

Lyric Berry Fr. P/Utility

Kennedy Bray Sr. Utility

Mikayla Deming Jr. 2B

Baylee Foster Sr. SS

Lexi Greguski Jr. C

Hanna Kiele Jr. P/1B

Alexis McElwain Sr. P/Utility

Riley Miller So. P/3B

Nicole Ortega Jr. Utility

Selena Pai Sr. OF

Jolee Russell Jr. P/OF

Sam Southland Sr. Utility

2014 SCHEDULE

March 21 at Squalicum 4 p.m.

March 25 Lynden Christian (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

March 28 Burlington-Edison (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

April 2 Alumni (at Pipeline) 5:30 p.m.

April 4 at Royal 3 p.m.

April 5 at Cascade noon

April 7 at Lynden Christian* (at LCMS) 4:30 p.m.

April 10 at Nooksack Valley* (at NVMS) 4:30 p.m.

April 14 Anacortes* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

April 17 at Bellingham* 4 p.m.

April 21 at Ferndale 4 p.m.

April 25 Meridian* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

April 28 Friday Harbor (at Pipeline) 4 p.m.

April 29 at Sehome* (at Geri) 4 p.m.

May 1 Squalicum* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

May 6 Mount Baker* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

May 8 at Lynden* 4 p.m.

May 8 at Lynden 5:30 p.m.

May 13 Sedro-Woolley* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.

*NWC game

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