Sports Roundup -- Tracksters run a close second/Kickers split a tough pair/Girls LAX falls from grace/Schager puts hurt on Bishop/Fastpitchers blanked 12-0

Tracksters run a close second

The Spartans track team held its own against two top-ranked teams on Thursday.

Both squads finished second in their first home meet of the season, the boys to O’Dea and the girls to Holy Names.

The boys got the majority of their points in the field and distance events. Quinton Agosta, a sophomore, set a personal best in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 11 inches. He also finished first in the discus throw with a mark of 116 feet, 9 inches.

Clif McKenzie finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 39 feet, 11 ¼ inches. He also reached a state time in the 100 meter dash with a mark of 11.6 seconds, tying for first with his teammate Tucker Hannah and O’Dea’s Jurell Houston.

Angelo Ritualo finished first in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, second in the triple jump with a mark of 38-9, and ran the anchor of the 4x400 relay, along with Hannah, Colin O’Keefe and Austin Hallett. O’Keefe and Hallett also finished second and third respectively in the 800.

In the 1600, Joel Turkheimer ran valiantly, but finished third to Nicholas Kirschner and Chris Henry of O’Dea. Bevan Taylor dominated the 3200 with a time of 10:19.7

For the girls, they got most of their points by ruling the middle distance and the relays.

Alana MacWhorter, Michelle Baggett and Geneva Pritchett finished 1-2-3 in the 400, while Hillary Pritchett, Molly O’Keefe and Christina Garrigues finished 1-2-3 in the 800.

MacWhorter, Baggett and O’Keefe also finished first in the 4x100 relay along with Morgan Nottingham with a time of 52.64, while Baggett and O’Keefe finished second in the 4x200 relay with Zena Hemmen and Maren Swanson with a time of 1:57.2.

The 4x400 relay was easily won by Geneva and Hillary Pritchett along with MacWhorter and Nottingham with a time of 4:11. Caroline Johnson and Emily Vanvleet won handily in the 3200 and 1600 with times of 5:51.5 and 11:45 respectively.

In the field, Emily Pierce came in first in the discus with a throw of 103 feet, 10 inches, while Theresa Johansen came in third in the shotput with a toss of 25-7.

Bainbridge has two more home meets before the Metro meet. Bainbridge hosts West Seattle and Seattle Prep on Wednesday, and on May 12 faces Eastside Catholic and Bishop Blanchet. Start times for both will be at 3:10 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Kickers split a tough pair

The Bainbridge boys managed a split through last week, holding off O’Dea at home 2-1, but succumbing to late goals at Lakeside Thursday in a 4-1 soccer loss.

The loss dropped Bainbridge, 8-2-2 overall, into a third place tie with Lakeside, each at 3-2-1 in Metro Mountain Division play.

“The key is, we’re still in position to make the playoffs,” said coach Anh Tran, whose team faces a tough four game slate beginning with their hosting league leader Eastside Catholic May 2.

Lakeside went up on a 27th minute breakdown in front of goalkeeper Alex Bolt, who played well. The Chris Salmon score held up until a minute after the break.

Bainbridge came out to tie just one minute into the second half. Jordan Droppert forced a brilliant save by Charlie Balter from point-blank range; his shot rebounded to Zach Mallove, who collected and buried the equalizer.

Fifteen minutes later, an unfortunate call by the official led to another Bainbridge deficit.

A Lion cross from left of the box caught a wayward Bainbridge appendage as it entered the penalty area. Bolt went right on the ensuing penalty kick – unfortunately, Andrew Stamm placed the ball left, giving Lakeside a 2-1 advantage.

Bainbridge pushed forward but could not score, and goalkeeper Bolt was victimized with two late goals on Lakeside breakaways.

“We let down, and we cannot do that,” midfielder John Grue said. “This will make us stronger.”

A gutsy one-goal win at home against the Irish put Bainbridge back on the winning track, behind goals by Jordan Droppert and Jesse Burk-Rafel.

“You have to give credit to our young guys,” said Droppert while his teammates practiced penalty kicks after the O’Dea win. “They’ve really risen to the challenge and have helped us raise our game.”

– T.F. Smeeth

Girls LAX falls from grace

It was a tough sporting day for Bainbridge at Lakeside on Thursday. The girls lacrosse club, after watching the boys soccer loss to the Lions, crossed the street and ran into a determined Lakeside foe of their own.

The 6-3 upset loss dropped coach Tami Tommila’s team from the ranks of the undefeated, although the Spartans earned a split on the week by virtue of an 18-3 win over Seattle Prep Friday at Memorial Stadium.

“Credit them,” Tommila said, moments after giving a warm hug to Jamie Asaka, the Lakeside coach, after the loss. “They were well prepared and wanted it more than we did. They played a very good game.”

Going into the game, Lakeside had presented the stiffest competition for the Bainbridge girls, falling 12-3 on the island last month.

Building a 5-2 halftime lead on an aggressive plan Thursday, the Lions used double teams up and down the field, and kept focused throughout the game.

Lakeside absorbed the Bainbridge pressure and managed counterattacks of their own. Goalkeeper Dimi Lotakis kept the Spartans close, perhaps inspired by her opposite number Erin Coltrera who stopped 20 of the 23 Spartan shots for a celestial 87 save percentage.

Time and again Christen Toepel, Hannah Davis and teammates tried to get things going, launching attacks down each side. Grace Davis played huge in central defense, sparking several counterattacks.

– T.F. Smeeth

Schager puts hurt on Bishop

Don’t be surprised when the state prep baseball poll comes out on Monday – you might see the Spartans among the top teams in Washington for the first time this year.

Their defeat of eighth-ranked Blanchet 6-0 Wednesday not only turns the Metro League Mountain Division into a two-team race – with O’Dea, Seattle Prep and Blanchet all with three league losses – it lets everyone know that Bainbridge will give any team a fight for all seven innings.

Senior Jordan Schager went the entire game for the win. He gave up just seven hits and struck out five, facing 27 batters and throwing just 78 pitches.

“I feel pretty good,” Schager said of his performance. “I messed up a couple of times, but I’m glad the defense could come back and fix it.”

The big inning for the Spartans came in the third. With Zach Peach already on second base, Brenden Gent blooped a double into right-center. Matt Frazee earned a free pass to load the bases, then C.J. Hall made Blanchet pay with a sharp single into left, scoring Peach and Gent.

Frazee tried to score, but was thrown out at home.

After Blake Jensen walked, Robbie Stevenson parked a fastball over the fence in left for a three-run homer, his first of the year.

With the run support, Schager continued to shut down the opposition until the seventh.

He retired Colin Studzinski on a grounder, but then gave up a single, his only walk and another single to load the bases.

After a quick conference on the mound with coach Jayson Gore and his infield, he got Chris Shreeve to hit one back to the mound. Schager threw home to Josh Truan for the force, and Truan’s toss to Stevenson completed the double play and ended the game.

The marked improvement of the Spartans defense – the game was their fourth in a row with no errors – is one of the keys that Gore feels will get them W’s. Beyond the polls, the playoffs are in sight.

“That’s our number one goal,” he said. “We’re not too concerned with the rankings. All that does is put a big target on your back.”

Bainbridge hosts first-place Eastside Catholic at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Fastpitchers blanked 12-0

Spartan head coach Liz McCloskey is at a loss as to why her team hasn’t been able to get out of their rut.

“There was something missing today and I haven’t quite been able to figure it out yet,” she said. “I really wish I knew what it was, because it would help me understand where we went wrong.”

Everything went wrong for Bainbridge Wednesday. Not only did they lose 12-0 to Bishop Blanchet, they were done in five innings and were no-hit, as just four Spartan batters reached base for the entire game.

Braves pitcher Theresa Brabant went five innings for the win, walking two and striking out three. Spartan pitcher Karen Robinson took the loss, but she did strike out three, giving her 31 K’s for the year.

After yesterday’s game at Bishop Blanchet, the Spartans will travel to Rainier Beach to face Cleveland on Monday, then they play Eastside Catholic on Wednesday at BIHS at 4 p.m., then travel to Eastside Catholic on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

– John Becerra, Jr.

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