Poor plays by catcher hand Spartans win

With the ball often at the backstop, the Spartans race in from third base

Finally, the Bainbridge Island baseball team was able to play a game.

Even with a three-week layoff caused by spring break and poor weather, the Spartans overcame their slow start and defeated the Chief Sealth Seahawks 10-2 on Monday for their fourth straight win.

It was an ugly contest on both sides however, punctuated by numerous passed balls by the Chief Sealth catcher that led to Spartan runs.

Coach Jayson Gore will take the win, but said the team has some work to do.

“We’re still behind where we want to be,” he said. “Fortunately, our best baseball is yet to come. You don’t expect to come out and play a gem of a game when you haven’t played for three weeks, but you expect to play better.”

The poor play started in the first inning. Zach Peach and Matt Frazee got on board with base hits.

After both runners advanced on a passed ball, C.J. Hall then struck out, but the third strike got past catcher Tim Nguyen, allowing Peach to score.

Another passed ball allowed Frazee to cross the plate.

Hall kept the Seahawk bats quiet until the third inning, when Oscar Castro singled, then stole second.

Derek Anderson laid a nice bunt down the third base line to advance Castro, and was able to beat the throw.

Sam Smith then laid down a squeeze bunt, but it was too close to Hall, who threw home to nail Castro, after which catcher Michael Heald threw to Frazee to catch Smith in a rundown.

He appeared to beat the tag by Josh Truan, but the umpire ruled him out, drawing the ire of the Sealth fans.

Skyler Taylor then hit an easy grounder, but Truan couldn’t come up with the ball, allowing Anderson to score.

The Spartans got the run back in the third as Frazee scored on yet another passed ball, and then broke it open in the fifth.

Designated hitter Robbie Stevenson and Ranger Sciacca walked. After Stevenson advanced and scored on another passed ball, Brenden Gent struck out, but the third strike again got past Nguyen. He then committed an error by throwing the ball into center field as Gent advanced on the dropped third strike, allowing Sciacca to score.

Gent advanced, then scored on a passed ball. Peach walked, then Frazee hit a shot down the right field line that bounced over the fence for a ground rule double. Both would eventually score on passed balls.

Hall went the entire game for his third win, only giving up one earned run, walking one and striking out seven. Frazee went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Peach went 1-for-3 and two runs scored.

Now that they are finally back on the field, the Spartans will be put to the test in league play.

After a makeup game against Lakeside yesterday, they face arch rival O’Dea today at home and Friday at Judkins Park. The home game will be at 4 p.m.

Frazee said his team will need to be up for these games.

“I talked to their coach, and he said he’s going to throw his top two (pitchers) at us,” Frazee said. “We better be ready to play today and Friday.”

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