Blaine’s baseball team rallied for five runs in the final two innings, coming back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Nooksack Valley 6-4 in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday, March 31, at Nooksack Valley.
The Borderites piled on three runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of an off-guard Pioneers squad after starting pitcher Noah Rawls had to leave the game with an arm injury.
“We had a series of pitchers who struggled to throw strikes,” Nooksack Valley coach Scott Gelwicks said in a phone interview. “It’s one of those things where Rawls was cruising and nobody was mentally ready to throw. We didn’t expect it. Blaine just battled and they’ve improved so much the last couple years. They’re scrappy and they battle and don’t let things get to them.”
Nooksack Valley had the tying run on second with a chance to extend the game in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get a hit to knock in the tying runs. Ryan Gelwicks led the Pioneers, going 3 for 4 with an RBI.
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Rudy Nolasco led the Borderites by going 2 for 3 with two RBI.
Nooksack Valley will have a bit of a break, taking on Squalicum at 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, at home. Blaine hosts White River at noon Saturday, April 4, at Pipeline Fields.
Blaine 6, Nooksack Valley 4
WP: Jonathan Starcer (n/a). LP: Cole Mattice (0-1). Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Ryan Gelwicks 3-4, RBI; Noah Rawls 0-3, RBI; Handy 1-3, RBI; Brady Wood 1-2;. Blaine: Jonathan Starcer 2-4; Josh Fakkema 1-4; Rudy Nolasco 2-3, 2 RBI.