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Bainbridge taken down by Holy Names in Metro League title bout
Spartans give up three runs late in the game
LOWER WOODLAND – It's always hard to lose to one's rival.
It's even worse when they come from behind to do it.
The Bainbridge fastpitch team were two innings away from winning its first ever Metro League title, but one bad bounce and one misread on a fly ball led to Holy Names scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 6-4 victory over the Spartans Friday at Lower Woodland in Seattle.
"This one stings a little bit," head coach Liz McCloskey said. "Especially having a 3-1 lead, then they came back to tie it, then we got the 4-3 lead."
Shelby McCannel singled to lead off the inning, but second baseman Hailey Willmann committed an error on a grounder by Riley Hughes.
Karissa Streit hit a fly ball to left that outfielder Kayla Estes dove for but missed it, letting the ball get to the fence, allowing Streit to score on an inside the park home run.
"She knows she shouldn't have dove for that," McCloskey said. "It's a rookie mistake. We're young – that's for sure."
Down 1-0 in the second after Maddie Baker tripled and eventually scored on an error, the Spartans struck back when Katie Raben walked and Rosie Kerstetter singled.
After Alison Reichert walked to load the bases, Clara Dunn drove Raben and Kerstetter in with a base hit. They tacked on another run in the third after Erin Kinney tripled and Cailtlin McCormick drove her in with a single.
Holy Names tied the game in the fourth with back to back base hits, but Bainbridge got out of the rally after Francesca Liburdy was called out for interference after she ran into Willmann who was trying to catch a pop fly. Scorekeeper Kirk Robinson caught Holy Names making an illegal substitution for the third out.
"That's why I have a good person to do my book," McCloskey said.
Bainbridge took the lead back when Kinney singled to lead off the fifth, eventually moved to third on a sacrifice and a groundout, then scored when Cougars shortstop Maddie Baker made a bad throw on a Raben ground ball.
Despite the frustrating loss, McCloskey told the team to keep their head up afterwards.
"There was no reason to be down about it," she said. "They put everything into it on the field. I told them the team who makes the fewest mistakes would win it and unfortunately we made one more mistake that cost us the game.
"But there's no reason they should be upset because they played a thousand times better today than they did the first two times they played them," she continued.
Bainbridge made it to the title game by blowing out Chief Sealth 14-4 in five innings and West Seattle 11-3 Thursday in a doubleheader.
Raben got the win in the first game while Willmann was the victor in the second game.
Against the Seahawks, Raben was 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, a homer and four RBI.
Against the Wildcats, Dunn was 3 for 4 with a triple, two doubles and an RBI.
The Spartans play next week in the 3A Sea-King District tournament at Lower Woodland. They get a bye into the quarterfinals.
John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Katie Raben throws a pitch during the Metro League Championship game Friday at Lower Woodland in Seattle. She struck out six.