Playoff Roundup: Five racqueteers, fastpitch team off to state

Grace Porter returns a ball during a doubles match at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. - Chad Coleman/Bellevue Reporter
Grace Porter returns a ball during a doubles match at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.
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Boys’ doubles team head to state for first time since 2002.

The Bainbridge tennis team is sending five members to state.

Sasha Carter made it to the district finals in girls’ singles, but lost to Natalie Allen of Holy Names for the title.

“Sasha played OK but Natalie played a little bit better,” head coach Mike Anderson said.

The girls’ doubles team of Grace Porter and Kate Jameson made it to the finals in girls’ doubles, but lost to Kelly Crandall and Nora Tan of Mercer Island.

The boys’ doubles team of Scott and Matt Alderson made it by beating Sam Blattner and Luke Targett of Seattle Prep in a loser-out match, then outlasted Jon and David Yu of Lakeside 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the consolation finals to take the fifth and final spot to state. Anderson said it’s the first time since 2002 that a boys’ doubles team has advanced to state.

All five head to Kennewick next weekend for the 3A state tournament.

Fastpitch: The Bainbridge fastpitch team did not waste its opportunity to make the state tournament.

Behind another strong pitching performance by Katie Raben, the Spartans defeated the Bishop Blanchet Braves 9-1 Wednesday in a 3A Sea-King District 2 quarterfinal game to qualify for the 3A state tournament next week in Lacey. They played for seeding Thursday but results were not available as of press time. They can finish no worse than fourth.

“We’re all really excited,” head coach Liz McCloskey said Thursday morning. “Now that the pressure is off, we can go out and just play the game.

“It’s a great thing to make it back to state five years in a row,” she continued. “It’s great for the program and the softball community on Bainbridge Island. The girls have been working hard all year and they deserve it.”

Raben struck out 12 while giving up just two hits and two walks.

The Spartans started slow, but put one run across in the third inning, then broke the game open with eight runs in the last three frames.

Clara Dunn went 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBI while Caitlin McCormick went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI. Erin Kinney went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI.

Girls’ golf: The Bainbridge girls’ golf team is sending two to state.

Julia Gross and Jasmine Shattuck were the lone qualifiers. Gross was the top finisher with a score of 91 to finish in a four-way tie for ninth while Shattuck shot a 96 to finish in a three-way tie for 15th.

Gross and Shattuck travel to the Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane next weekend for the 3A state tournament while the boys team of Carl Jonson, Bobby Griffin, Will Whealdon, Davis Harrison and Josh Barlet travel to the Meadow Wood Golf Course in Spokane.

Track: Several athletes have made it to the finals of the 3A Sea-King District 2 meet at the Southwest Complex in Seattle.

The girls’ 4x400 meter relay team of Isabel Ferguson, Joli Holmes, Pearl Terry and Danielle Bogardus qualified with a time of 4:16.92.

Terry also qualified for the 800 meter run with a time of 2:27.30.

Audrey Albritton made it to the finals of the pole vault with a mark of nine feet, six inches.

The boys 4x400 relay team of Drew Wickens, Sean LaBelle, John Murphy and Corey Dunn qualified with a time of 3:38.31.

Corey Touchette, Brad Wilmot and Mark Smith qualified in the high jump while Cameron Brink is seeded fourth in the finals with a mark of 131 feet 5 inches.

Kyler Mikami is sixth in the javelin with a throw of 153 feet, 9 inches.

The finals start at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The top five make it to the state meet.

The boys’ lacrosse team opens its playoff run at 4:30 p.m. Friday as they host Eastside Catholic.

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