Blaine's baseball team was leading going into the fifth inning, but fell to Burlington-Edison 5-1 on Wednesday, April 9, at Burlington-Edison.
Josh Fakkema had a no-hitter going into the fifth before his command troubles finally got to him.
"He actually did a nice job," Blaine coach Sean Linville said in a phone interview. "Josh's outing was encouraging. He doesn't get hit often. He's just got to throw more strikes, and we might have something there."
The Borderites' struggles at the plate continued on Wednesday.
"When you start league games, pitching gets tougher," Linville said. "We are just having trouble making solid contact. We hit the ball hard but they went for outs. We're just going to keep working and hopefully turn the tides."
The highlight for Blaine was its defense, an area the Borderites have been working on. They turned three double plays.
Blaine plays Lynden Christian on Friday, April 11, at Pipeline Fields.
BURLINGTON-EDISON 5, BLAINE 1
Blaine 001 000 0 - 1 2 1
B-E 000 050 x- 5 5 3
WP: Tre Lopez (n/a). LP: Josh Fakkema (1-2). Highlights: Blaine: Anthony Ball 1-3; Chris Doll 1-3.