Sports Roundup -- Fastpitchers slow with bats/Hardballers split a pair

Fastpitchers slow with bats

The Spartans fastpitch team may have to pull a Pedro Cerrano and make an offering to Jobu if they want to get their bats going.

Bainbridge defeated Lakeside 4-2 in extra innings on Tuesday, but could only muster one hit by Anna Lyons in their 5-0 loss to the Holy Names Cougars on Wednesday, halting their winning streak at five.

Karen Robinson threw another complete game for the Spartans but took the loss, putting her record at 4-3. She walked two and struck out three.

Both teams played excellent defense – there were only two errors combined – but one mistake led to runs, and ultimately a victory for Holy Names.

In the second, Robinson gave up a double to Kathryn Thorton and a bloop single by Carly Lopez.

After Lopez stole second, Robinson struck out Katie Sobotta. Sara Arnone hit a grounder to Spartan third baseman Marci Morford; she threw home for the forceout, but the throw was high, allowing Thorton to score.

Dana Yarges then grounded out, but Lopez came home to score on the play. Lissa Nance singled right down the first base line, scoring Arnone.

The Cougars scored two more times in the sixth inning, then held off the Spartans’ mini-rally in the seventh.

Lyons walked, but Trudell got Morford and Kelcee Azure to ground out and Lyons to fly out to end the game.

Spartan coach Liz McCloskey was frustrated with her team’s lack of offense.

“I told the girls every single time, (the pitcher is) painting the outside corner,” McCloskey said. “She hit the outside corner probably 75 percent of the time, and we were waiting too long to try and hit it.”

Assistant coach Katie Leigh was more direct.

“You can’t win the game with the bat on the shoulder,” she said.

The Spartans almost did just that on Tuesday.

Down 2-1 going into their next-to-last at-bat, the Spartans tied the game, then scored two more in the seventh, highlighted by triples from Tabitha Mabrey and Amanda Szarzynski.

Even with the loss, McCloskey will take the lesson learned from Wednesday’s game.

“The bats just weren’t coming around,” she said. “It makes it a little bit frustrating after having a five game winning streak, but we gotta get hurt somewhere. It’ll be a bit of a reality check for some of these girls.”

After yesterday’s game against Holy Names, the Spartans (4-2, 5-3) go back to a normal schedule as they play West Seattle on Monday at home, then play Bishop Blanchet on Wednesday and travel to Lower Woodland Field in Seattle on Friday.

The home games start at 4 p.m. while the road contest is at 3:30 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Hardballers split a pair

You win some, you lose some.

The Spartan baseball team downed Lakeside 6-2 on Tuesday, but came out at the wrong end of a pitchers’ duel against O’Dea on Wednesday, falling 2-0 as their win streak stopped at five.

Jordan Schager pitched brilliantly as he gave up only two hits and struck out six, but walked one person and hit three batters. Barrett Kanyer went the distance for O’Dea, and walked just one and struck out 12.

The Irish scored early. In the second inning, Alex Mesick was hit by a pitch, and Mike Weber hit a triple to score Mesick.

In the third, Greg Lagried was walked, and came around to score on a single by Kanyer.

The Spartans didn’t have a runner until the third inning on a single by Brenden Gent, but they nearly came back to tie the game in the late innings.

In the sixth, after Josh Truan struck out, Robbie Stevenson crushed a fastball that just missed clearing the fence, ending up with a double.

He advanced to third when Zach Peach grounded to second, but was stranded when David Lantz struck out looking.

In the seventh, Matt Frazee got aboard with a walk, but Kanyer got C.J. Hall to fly out and struck out Gent and pinch-hitter John Williams to end the game.

Coach Jayson Gore knew that O’Dea would be a battle, but was happy with Schager’s performance on the mound.

“They have some studs but we’ve got some of our own,” he said. “We’re right there with these guys.”

He was also happy with the defense, which committed no errors.

Schager also threw in relief in Tuesday’s game against Lakeside. He went 1-1/3 innings to earn the save as Ranger Sciacca threw 6- 1/3 and struck out three for the victory.

Bainbridge scored all its runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run homer by Frazee. Gent went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Lantz went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

“It was nice to get out of Bitter Lake with a ‘W,’” Gore said. “I hate that place. Something always bad happens there.”

After their game against O’Dea yesterday, the Spartans will host West Seattle on Monday and Bishop Blanchet on Wednesday, then travel to Lower Woodland to face Blanchet on Friday.

The home games start at 4 p.m., while the road game is at 3:30 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

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