Meridian and Blaine battled in a softball doubleheader, where Meridian came out on top on Friday, May 15, at Pipeline Fields. The Trojans won the first game, a Northwest Conference contest, 10-8, but the second game, a nonconference game, was called due to darkness tied at 4-4.
Bailey Haugen was 3 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBI to lead the Trojans in the first game. McKenna Smith also went 3 for 4 with a double in that game. In the second game, Sophia Shook was 1 for 2 with two RBI, and Claire Burkett was 2 for 2.
Blaine was led by Riley Miller, who was 2 for 3 with a double in the first game, and Mikayla Deming went 1 for 3 with a double in the nightcap.
“Our pitchers held the walks to a minimum and our defense, even though there were some errors, we got out of situations and just stuck it out and battled,” Meridian coach Megan Monaghan said in a phone interview. “We had 16 hits in the first game, so we were just on fire.”
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Meridian plays again at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at home against Coupeville before starting postseason play. Blaine is done for the season.
Meridian 10, Blaine 8
WP: Eve Castro (n/a). LP: Hanna Kiele (n/a). Highlights: Meridian: Bailey Haugen 3-3, 2b, 2 RBI; McKenna Smith 3-4, 2b; Maddie Sampson 2-4; Madeline Gray 2-2. Blaine: Riley Miller 2-3, 2b; Mikayla Deming 2-4; Daphne Pugh 2-3.
Meridian 4, Blaine 4
Meridian P: Eve Castro, Emma Weg. Blaine P: Josie Deming. Highlights: Meridian: Claire Burkett 2-2; Bailey Carpenter 1-2; Sophia Shook 1-2, 2 RBI. Blaine: Lyric Berry 1-2; Miller Taylor 1-2; Mikayla Deming 1-3, 2b.