Sports Roundup -- Peltier shines on the mound/JV hardballers split early pair/Lanza finishes in the money/Everyone wins at Hoopfest/Silver sisters shine in poo

Peltier shines on the mound

Even with their pitching staff in question, the Spartan varsity baseball team is still getting the job done.

After earning a forfeit win over Rainier Beach on Friday, the Spartans traveled to Nathan Hale and defeated the Raiders 11-1 in five innings Monday.

Reggie Peltier, a member of the JV team, got the start and went four innings for the win. He gave up just the run and three hits and walked one.

“He did a fine job,” head coach Jayson Gore said. “He was a bit nervous, but settled down nicely.”

Nick Browning pitched the fifth in relief.

The Spartans scored a couple in the first two innings, but broke it open in the third, scoring five runs off seven consecutive hits.

“We had a couple of pop flies, so we made an adjustment and hit the ball hard through the hole,” Gore said. “It took off from there.”

He did feel the team’s offense needed some work.

“We’ve got to work on our approach at the plate,” he said. “We’re taking some selfish hacks and we need to do a better job of maintaining our place at the dish.”

The staff is still a work in progress as well.

“We’re a pitch by committee,” he said. “(Matt) Frazee is pretty much our number two (starter) right now, but guys like (Zach) Peach gave a great effort in relief (against Garfield.)

“We’ve got guys like (Tal) Glass, (Cameron) Wagner, (Michael) Heald and Robbie Stevenson. We’ve got guys that can get the job done.”

They’ll need them when they face Bishop Blanchet in a two- game series. Gore said Glass will get his first varsity start against the Braves with Heald, among others, to throw if needed, while Hall and Frazee take to the hill on Friday.

Hall will be on a limited pitch count, as he is working through some pain in his elbow.

The Spartans and Braves play at 3:30 p.m. today, then at Lower Woodland at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

JV hardballers split early pair

The BHS JV squad split its first two games of the season, losing 11-4 to North Kitsap, but spanking Garfield 11-1 in five innings.

For the week, Kauika Peleti led the Spartan offense with four hits, including a double, triple and homerun plus two stolen bases.

Baserunning mistakes and defensive errors proved to be the downfall against NK. Colin Feldtman was a bright spot on the mound for the Spartans, coming on in relief to strike out five batters in 2-1/3 innings.

Reggie Peltier and Matt Gaphni combined to hold Garfield to one unearned run in five innings, as the Spartans exploded for 11 runs in the first inning. Gary French and Sean Henshaw also contributed extra-base hits for the Spartans.

Lanza finishes in the money

It didn’t take long for Joe Lanza to collect his first professional victory.

The former BHS and St. Mary’s star won a playoff to win the first ‘B’ event of the desert spring season of the Grey Goose/Gateway Professional Tour at the Trilogy Golf Club in Gilbert, Arizona.

Lanza, 22, sank a birdie putt on the second hole of a three-man playoff against

Martin Laird and Brady Stockton to win a check for $15,450.

He shot rounds of 65-71-67 for a total of 203 (-10 under par) to put him in the playoff.

Lanza finished tied for 10th at the Barton Creek Challenge in Austin, Tex. March 12th.

Everyone wins at Hoopfest

More than 90 teams participated in the 12th annual Hoopfest for BEST March 5 and raised over $11,000 for the Bainbridge Island Education Support Team.

Winning teams included:

Girls Fifth Grade: Fabulous Flippies: Faith Campbell, Selam Black, Gracie Kenyon, Katie Roben

Sixth Grade Orange: Loosey Gooseys: Haley Godtfredsen, Brianna Loken, Ellen Fossett, Hannah Depew

Sixth Grade Blue: Hana Newman, Evyn Newman, Grace Deery-Schmidt, Morgan Greenwood

Boys Third Grade: Blackhawks: Trent Schulte, Brant Klausen, Peter Lindsey, Carter Kraus

Fourth Grade: Short, Fast, and Furious: Brett Green, Peter Fawley, Ben Kussie, Ben Freedman

Fifth Grade: Hoop It Up: Jacob Christensen, Michael Crowley, Brenden Willerford, Steven Vincent

Fifth Grade Orange: Vanillanova Blueberry Muffins: Kendall Kaminski, Lars Nelson, Andrew Hunt, Sam Rice

Sixth Grade Blue: CREPS: Eric Raustein, Adam Pool, Cameron Engstrom, Mitchell Coryell

Sixth Grade Red: Philly Cheesesteaks: Lars Hanson, Clark Rose, David Lewis, Ryan Lea

Seventh/Eighth Grade Orange: Lunders: Carson Zajonc, Nick Miller, Tucker Gilles, Matt Staff

Seventh/Eighth Grade Blue: Rolf Toren, Adam Ruby, Ryan Hunt, Michael Cox

Seventh/Eighth Grade Red: Michael Stevenson, Kyle Schneider, Jimmy Baggett, John Masala

High School Orange: Strokers: Kyle Szarzyski, Steffen Dacquisto, Kyle Playter, Anthony Rico

High School Blue: Get Some: Justin Wing, Michael Petring, Jon Morsette, Fiore Alailima

High School JV: Wolfpack (Gig Harbor:) Brady Steiger, Collin Monagle, Ivan Rybachuk

High School Varsity: Theo Miller, Peter Leslie, Steven Gray, Paxton Kruse.

Silver sisters shine in pool

Helen Silver of Bainbridge Island finished her collegiate swimming career in grand fashion last weekend, winning a national title in the 200-yard backstroke at the women’s NCAA National Swimming Championships in Athens, Ga.

Silver, a senior at the University of California at Berkeley and a 2002 graduate of Bainbridge High School, finished the race in 1:53.01, nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

With that time, Silver established a pool record at Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium and became the fifth fastest performer in that event in the 25-year history of NCAA women’s swimming.

“I felt completely relaxed before the race, completely confident,” Silver said. “I told my coach that my entire swimming career had been a warm-up for this night. It might be my last race, I don’t know if I’ll keep swimming or not, but I had my coaches, my friends and my family supporting me tonight.”

Earlier in the meet, Helen finished 9th in the 100 backstroke in 53.35 seconds and 15th in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.66. She also competed for the Bears in the 400 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Emily Silver, Helen’s younger sister who is a sophomore at Cal and a 2004 graduate of BHS, also had an outstanding meet for the Bears. Emily finished third in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 50 freestyle with times of 48.46 and 22.39, respectively.

Emily also competed in five relay events for the Bears: the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.

The Silver sisters helped the Bears to a fourth place finish at the meet, matching the Bears’ highest finish ever in the national championship and the team’s first top-five finish since 1997.

Both Helen and Emily started their swimming careers at Bainbridge Island Swim Club and won multiple state championships and All-American honors as student-athletes for Bainbridge High.

Soccer wins two games

The Bainbridge boys soccer team won two games against strong non-league opponents last week.

The Spartans defeated Port Townsend 3-1 last Tuesday and Sequim 3-1 last Friday.

Against the Redskins, the Spartans had a tough time scoring until Will O’Donnell put one in at the 60th minute.

After Port Townsend tied it up eight minutes later, Dana Olsen scored just two minutes after that on an assist by Elijah Dstefano.

Kyle Scoble added another goal in the 75th minute to seal the game. Francis Waplinger scored his first goal of the season against the Wolves in the 15th minute.

That was it for scoring until Scoble scored in the 72nd minute on an assist by Dylan Tucker-Gagnes. Tyler Church scored an unassisted goal two minutes later.

“It’s a great start,” said head coach Anh Tran. “Now comes the Metro (League games.) We are looking forward to the challenge.”

Bainbridge played at O’Dea yesterday and takes on Lakeside at home Thursday.

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