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T Baker, Thompson go 4 for 4 as Spartans stay hot coming back from spring break. Fastpitchers continue streak, beat Prep
After the Bainbridge-Seattle Prep game was completed, it was a new sight to see the other team stay on and practice.
We had to do that a few times in my first year, Bainbridge head coach Liz McCloskey said.
Theres a big difference from this year than in years past, as the Spartans blew out the Panthers 15-0 in four innings on Monday.
The victory runs their win streak to nine games.
Bainbridge scored three runs in the first two innings, then put nine on the board in the fourth to envoke the mercy rule.
Haylee Baker got the start and shut out the Panthers for her third win of the year, allowing no hits and just two runners all game on a walk and a hit batsman.
She struck out seven.
Baker also went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and an RBI.
Cara Thompson also went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored.
Lindsay Willmann was 2 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored while Chelsie Kakela was 2 for 2 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
While there were too many strikeouts for McCloskeys liking (Panther pitcher Jessica Bladow struck out 10) she was happy that the team came back from spring break and played well.
These are the teams where we try something new, she said, noting that she puts players in different positions in games like these to see where everyone fits in. Its not that tough, but at the same time the girls still have to work and get the hits they need and move the runners along.
Theyve moved runners along by scoring 104 runs on 119 hits in 44 innings while giving up just five runs in those 44 innings.
But the schedule gets a bit harder, starting with Bishop Blanchet on Wednesday.
We have to play everyday now, McCloskey said. Its going to be a challenge everyday and its going to be a game everyday.
Eastside Catholic, Nathan Hale, Ingraham, Holy Names, Lakeside... were not going to take those teams lightly, she continued. Were going to play them like we play everyone else.
McCloskey wont let them take anybody lightly.
I tell them everyday it doesnt matter what the name on the shirt is you have to be ready to play everyday and you have to be aggressive everyday, she said. The biggest thing I remind them of everyday is to take it one game at a time.
Bainbridge travels to face the Braves at 4 p.m. Wednesday, then head back to Seattle Friday to play Seattle Prep.
The next home game is April 18 against Lakeside.
Bad breaks eat at Spart hardballers
Itll go down as one of the more eventful half-innings in the season.
But the Bainbridge baseball team werent happy with the way the events played out in their 11-1 loss to Seattle Prep Monday.
The Spartans ranked ninth in the latest Washington State Coaches Association 3A baseball poll lost the services of centerfielder Colin Bowman for one game after he was tossed in the first inning.
After Andy Bethel homered in their half of the first off of starter Gary French, Bowman countered with a bomb to left field or so everyone had thought.
After Prep protested that the ball had rolled under the fence and after the umpires talked to the Panther leftfielder, the call was changed to a ground-rule double.
Mario McLaughlin sacrificed him to third, but Taruean Yamada hit a grounder to the pitcher and Bowman was caught too far off the bag.
He tried to score, but was tagged out, then thrown out of the game by the umpire who felt Bowman had tried to knock the ball out of the catchers hand.
Bowman said he was simply trying to avoid the tag.
The guys trying to tag me so Im trying to brush his arm away, he said. Why would I try to knock the ball away?
I didnt agree with the call.
Head coach Jayson Gore was upset about the calls as well.
It was over the fence, he said of Bowmans hit. It was definitely over the fence.
I have a problem with (hiring) umpires to make calls and then it results in the outfielder on the other team who determines whether the ball was or wasnt over the fence.
Gore said he will file a complaint over what happened in Mondays game.
It was all Prep after the first inning, with the Panthers scoring two in the second on a two-run single by Paul Twining, then scoring seven in the third on six hits off of French and reliever Willie Green.
Will Martin scored the Spartans lone run when he reached on an error, then scored on a fielders choice.
Gore was also upset that he had to insert a not yet 100 percent Colin Feldtman into the game to replace Bowman, then watch him get hit in the helmet with a pitch in the second inning.
It is what it is, he said. Were patching it together right now, but when we get healthy, well get better.
Ive never seen a team have more unfortunate things happen to them, but I think were playing pretty good. Were keeping out head up out there.
Both teams combined to make five errors on the day.
The Spartans had just one batter strike out.
Bainbridge plays at Bishop Blanchet Wednesday, then travel back to Seattle Friday to play Prep.
The next home game is April 18 against Lakeside.