Fastpitchers bang out 43 hits, two wins

Karen Robinson throws during Friday’s game against Rainier Beach. The sophomore picked up the win, allowing one hit. - DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo
Karen Robinson throws during Friday’s game against Rainier Beach. The sophomore picked up the win, allowing one hit.
— image credit: DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo

Aggressive hitting paces BHS to blowout wins over Beach, Hale.

After a tense, exciting victory over their rival North Kitsap, the Bainbridge fastpitch team could have come in flat against Rainier Beach on Friday and Nathan Hale on Monday.

But the Spartans took care of business by banging out 43 hits over two games, en route to 20-2 and 18-0 routs of the Raiders and the inexperienced Vikings.

“A game like this is definitely fun, because we can get everyone in there,” head coach Liz McCloskey said Friday. “Its games like these that the girls that may not see a lot of time will get to play.”

The Spartans batted around in their half of the first inning, scoring nine runs on nine hits.

Third baseman Stephanie Wagner and pitcher Karen Robinson both had RBI doubles, while leftfielder Anna Lyons scored twice in the inning.

Bainbridge added three more runs in the second inning on a pair of singles from centerfielder Kelcee Azure and Chelsea Hansen, three more in the third inning on a two RBI double from shortstop Cara Thompson and three more in the fourth inning on another double from Robinson.

The sophomore hurler’s chance at a perfect game was broken up in the fifth on a solid single. Robinson finished with one hit and no walks and struck out six.

Azure came in to close out the game.

Thompson went 4 for 5 with the aforementioned double and six RBI while Wagner went 4 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

Marci Morford came off the bench to go 2 for 3 with two doubles and scored three runs.

On Monday against Hale, Robinson went all five innings and gave up no runs on six hits while striking out five.

After the Spartans gave up two runs in the first on two errors, they settled down and proceeded to mash the ball around the field, scoring three in the second, five in the third, eight in the fourth and four in the fifth.

“After the first inning, they settled down and played the game that they can,” McCloskey said. “I was actually hoping it would have been closer. I just hope the bats are going to carry us in the next couple of games.”

That’s when they face Bishop Blanchet and their talented pitcher, Teresa Brabant in a two game series.

43 hits over two games should give McCloskey some hope that the team can hang with the big cats in the Metro League – and beat the teams they’re supposed to beat.

“Last year we lost to them (Nathan Hale) by one or two runs,” she said. “This year we have a lot more bats and we can be more aggressive on the bases. Wednesday (and Friday) will be a good test of where we are and who we are.”

Brittany Wisner went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and drove in five runs and scored five times.

Chelsie Kakela went 3 for 5 with a double and four RBI.

Bainbridge hosts Blanchet today at 3:30 p.m., then travels over to Lower Woodland field to face the Braves on Friday.

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