Blaine's softball team picked up the pace in the later innings and topped Bellingham 25-10 in a Northwest Conference game on Saturday, April 19, at Bellingham.
The Red Raiders held a 5-1 lead after two innings, but the Borderites finally got going.
"They put some pressure on us," Blaine coach Alisa Burk said in a phone interview. "They definitely made us have to fight and battle back."
Blaine's Riley Miller went 4 for 6 with five RBI. Bellingham's Eliza Rossman picked up 4 RBI. Rossman also entered the circle for the first time in weeks, after sustaining a high ankle sprain in practice.
"She throws really good," Burk said. "They are an up and coming team. People shouldn't keep underestimating them."
The game was a good sign for Bellingham, which had one of its better offensive days.
"We are taking baby steps," Bellingham coach Rick Ellis said in a phone interview. "We are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the near future."
Blaine (6-4, 3-2 NWC) plays Ferndale on Monday, April 21, on the road. Bellingham (3-6, 0-5 NWC) faces Squalicum on Tuesday, April 22, on the road.
BLAINE 25, BELLINGHAM 10
Blaine 105 085 6 - 25 24 7
Bellingham 050 104 0 - 10 3 3
WP: Hannah Kiele (1-1). LP: Lindsey Richard (n/a). Highlights: Blaine: Riley Miller 4-6, 4 R, 5 RBI; Lyric Berry 4-6, 3 R, 2 RBI; Sam Southland 2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI. Bellingham: Justina Allen 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI; Eliza Rossman 1-4, R, 4 RBI, 2B.