Sports Roundup - Fastpitchers stuck in midseason skid/Racqueteers take a pair/Oarsmen near journey’s start

Brittany Wisner (left) and Stephanie Wagner cheer for Kelcee Azure as she made it to first base at Friday’s game against Sequim. The Spartans lost to the Wolves 8-1. It
Brittany Wisner (left) and Stephanie Wagner cheer for Kelcee Azure as she made it to first base at Friday’s game against Sequim. The Spartans lost to the Wolves 8-1. It's only their second loss at home.
— image credit: Julie Busch photo

The bats have gone cold in three straight losses in the past week.

Its one thing to start slow at the beginning of the season, but to suffer a slump in the middle is not good for a team’s playoff chances.

The Bainbridge fastpitch team is reeling in the midst of a three-game losing streak, scoring just four runs in losses to Olympic on Tuesday, Sequim on Friday and West Seattle on Monday.

“We got a lot of things to work on,” head coach Liz McCloskey said. “We can’t keep playing like this.”

The Spartans mustered just four hits against Wildcat pitchers Kristin Jackson and Rori Margera.

Lindsay Willmann had a triple and an RBI, while catcher Meika Monroe drove in a run as well for Bainbridge.

Karen Robinson started the game and went four innings, while Willmann pitched the last three.

Combined, they only gave up five runs and eight hits, but West Seattle scored their runs thanks to four Bainbridge errors, leading to four runs in the first two innings.

“Our pitchers were putting the ball in play, but it was a little bit of lackadaisical play (on the defensive side),” McCloskey said. “We made a few mistakes in the outfield. Bad plays were made. It was a rough day in the field.”

It was the same story against Sequim, as Willmann got the start, but gave up two doubles and two walks before registering an out in the first inning as the Wolves scored four runs.

In the second, two throwing errors led to four more runs for Sequim.

That was all Wolf pitcher Carly Swingle needed, as she held the Spartans to just four hits. Cara Thompson and Brittany Wisner each doubled, and Chelsie Kakela scored their only run in the sixth, when she got a base hit.

Robinson laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the Sequim first baseman tried to catch Kakela rounding second. Her throw went into rightfield as the shortstop slipped in the infield, allowing her to score.

After Bainbridge finished the inning, the umpires called the game due to the poor infield conditions.

Against Olympic, Robinson and Willmann held the Trojans to just three runs, but they also gave up 10 hits and didn’t get any help from the defense, who committed two more errors.

Bainbridge didn’t score their lone run until the sixth and mustered up just six hits. Cara Thompson went 2 for 4, while Kelcee Azure was 2 for 2.

McCloskey hopes they can turn things around for the next several games.

“We need to get back to playing like we did against Blanchet,” she said. “They need to find a happy medium where they can play and not worry about feeling tense. They need to go out and relax.”

Bainbridge travels to Lakeside today. The Lions visit the Spartans on Friday.

Game time is at 4 p.m.

Racqueteers take a pair

The Bainbridge tennis team collected two more wins on the road last week at Lower Woodland in Seattle.

Against Bishop Blanchet last Tuesday, the Spartans rolled to an 8-3 win. They swept the girls singles and the girls doubles matches.

Molly Donohue, Anna Judson and Lauren Trageser won for Bainbridge in the girls singles, while Spencer Cheng and Darton Gibbons won in the boys singles matches.

For the girls doubles matches, the number one duo of Taylor Raquer and Jamie Slonaker won 7-5 and 6-0 over Breanne Pelky and Brittany Maynard, while the number two doubles team of Becky Gottlieb and Ali Loechl defeated Carly Stubner and Ali Kramer 6-0, 6-2.

The boys doubles team of Greg Nance and Nash Reinjen were winners over Blanchet’s George Tercero and John Moynihan 6-1, 6-2.

The next day against O’Dea and Holy Names, Bainbridge lost all the girls singles matches, but rebounded to win the boys singles, girls doubles, boys doubles and mixed doubles matches.

Cheng, Taylor Lea and Sean Brachvogel won their matches, with Brachvogel winning by the score of 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1.

Raquer and Slo­naker won their doubles match 6-2, 6-4 over Holy Names’ Kate Blackstone and Simone Heard, while Loechl and Trageser defeated JV players Franziska Wehlmann and Noelle Ericson 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The mixed doubles team of Brooke Shorett and Luke Freedman defeated the JV team of Gina Garcia and Sherwin Tomas 6-1, 6-4.

Bainbridge (5-2, 4-2) hosts Lakeside today at 3:30 p.m.

Oarsmen near journey’s start

The OAR Northwest team is taking another step in their rowing journey by holding a public roll-over test this Friday at noon.

Those who are interested can travel to the South Lake Union Public Dock in Seattle across from the Mariott hotel located on 925 Westlake Ave. N. to also watch the team christen the boat with the name of “James Robert Hanssen” in honor of team member Jordan Hanssen’s late father in an 11:30 a.m. ceremony.

Representatives from the American Lung Association of Washington, the chosen charity of the crew, will be in attendance

After the ceremony, the foursome of Hanssen, Greg Spooner, Brad Vickers and Dylan LeValley will intentionally roll their boat to test its built-in self righting capabilities

“Testing the boat’s capabilities to handle the worst possible event the North Atlantic may cause (us) gives us confidence in ensuring our survival,” said Spooner in a press release. “Part of the commitment to winning this race includes exposing ourselves to the very conditions we’ll face on the relentless ocean.”

It’s the second of three major tests to see how the boat and the crew handle out in the open waters. The team has already rowed through the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound for seven days.

They leave for a seven day training row out in the waters of the Pacific Ocean next week.

The preparation is all for the Shepherd Ocean Fours Rowing Race 2006.

On June 10, they will start from Liberty Harbor in New York City and row over 3,100 nautical miles in an estimated crossing time of 50 to 80 days until they reach Falmouth, England.

For more info, visit the non-profit organization at

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