Blaine needed only five innings to earn an 18-1 Northwest Conference win over Mount Baker on Tuesday, April 21, in Deming.
Borderites pitcher Anthony Ball got the win, Jonathan Starcer was 5 for 5 with five RBI and two doubles and Jalen Kortlever went 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Baker freshman pitcher Caleb Forbes took the loss.
“We threw two freshmen today and they battled for us,” Mountaineers coach Derek Johnson said in a phone interview. “Blaine did a good job of hitting the ball from start to finish today.”
Blaine scored six runs in the first and led 10-0 after three. Mount Baker, which was led by Kolton Zender’s 2 for 2 day, scored its only run in the fourth.
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Mount Baker (1-12, 0-7 NWC) faces Ferndale next at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Blaine (8-7, 5-3 NWC) hosts Anacortes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Pipeline Fields.
Blaine 18, Mount Baker 1 (5)
WP: Anthony Ball. LP: Caleb Forbes (0-1). Highlights: Mount Baker: Colton Ranson 1-2, R; Chad Cohn 0-2, RBI; Kolten Zender 2-2, 2B. Blaine: Jalen Kortlever 3-5, 2 R, RBI; Jonathan Starcer 5-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B; Rudy Nolasco 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI.