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Fastpitchers eliminated in long day at state, racqueteers still alive as is relay team
BREAKING NEWS: Posted at 11:35 p.m.
TACOMA - In a game where one play would have made a difference, a blown call was the cause of the Bainbridge fastpitch losing a 2-1 war to Sammammish in the semifinals of the 3A state tournament at the SERA fields in Tacoma.
With the international tiebreaker on, the Totems had advanced Kim McMahon to third on a sac bunt.
Spartan pitcher Haylee Baker retired the next batter on a popout, then got Tina Jacobsen to ground one to Chelsie Kakela at second.
She got it out of her glove to beat the runner by a step and a half, but the umpire called her safe, drawing the wrath of the Spartan fans.
Sammammish scored their first run in the fourth on some throwing errors, but Bainbridge got it back in the fifth when Brittany Wisner doubled, then Kaitlin Gaspitch reached on an error when the second baseman misplayed her ground ball, allowing Wisner to score.
Against Hanford, the Spartans kept in it, but Karen Robinson couldn't hang onto a ball thrown to her in the fourth inning, allowing two runs to score.
In the morning game, Timberline made four errors in the opening round game as the Spartans won 4-2.
Lindsay Willmann got the start and struggled at times (giving up six walks and five hits) but she struck out nine and got some help from her defense, who committed zero errors.
After Timberline scored in the third, Bainbridge got the runs back in the fifth when Brittany Wisner got an infield single as the ball went off the third baseman's glove.
She advanced to second and eventually scored when Stephanie Wagner doubled.
Wagner scored when Chelsea Baker singled and she took third, then went home as the throw to the catcher got by her.
The Blazers tied it on an RBI groundout in the fifth, but the Spartans scored the winning runs in the sixth.
Chelsie Kakela reached on an error when the shortstop dropped a infield fly. She was sacrificed to second, then scored on a base hit by Willmann.
Wagner then singled to score Victoria Wellbrock, who came in as a courtesy runner.
In tennis, the Spartans are still alive in the consolation bracket.
Molly Donohue lost to Maggie Becker 5-7, 4-6 in the opening round, but came back to beat Melissa Nguyen of Hazen and Lisa Kromholtz of Peninsula.
She plays Jennifer Skardon of Columbia River tomorrow.
The doubles team of Jamie Slonaker and Brooke Shorett beat Jessica Grover and Carly Holtgraves of Auburn in their first match, but lost to Vi Nguyen and Keilah Fanene of Evergreen.
They rebounded to defeat Maddie Guidos and Jennifer Cheadle of Highline. They play Brooke Foster and Jayme Gilmore of West Valley (Yak.)
At Star Track in Pasco, the boys 4x400 relay team won their heat with a time of 3:22.45 to take part in tomorrow's finals.
Tess Sadowsky took eighth in her heat in the 300 hurdles, while Lauren Fleming finished 11th in the high jump and Cheyne Clark finished ninth in the pole vault.
Quinton Agosta finished 12th in the discus.