Sports Roundup -- Hardballers make Metro tourney/Sailors tack their way to nationals/Golfers strong at Egbers Invite/Kickers fall, face loser-out match/Girls LA

Hardballers make Metro tourney

They won’t win the Mountain Division crown, but the Spartan varsity baseball team is moving on to bigger goals in the postseason.

A 15-5 loss to Seattle Prep in six innings on Thursday gave Eastside Catholic the crown, but a 4-1 win over the Panthers on Wednesday qualified them for the Metro League tournament.

As the number four seed, Bainbridge travels to Seattle to face Nathan Hale on Monday.

The win on Wednesday came thanks to another gem by pitcher Jordan Schager, with stellar defense behind him.

The senior righthander threw a complete game, giving up just four hits and no walks. His lone run was on a homer in the fourth inning by Calvin Anderson.

“He had a pretty bad outing against Eastside Catholic, and it would have been easy to come out and lose all his confidence, but he came out ready to go,” coach Jayson Gore said.

Bainbridge got on the board in the first on an RBI double by Matt Frazee and a two-RBI single by C.J. Hall. They tacked on another in the second on an RBI single by Frazee.

That was all the run support Schager needed, as he kept the ball down to get the Panthers to ground out for the majority of the outs.

Unfortunately, it was a different story on Thursday.

Prep got to Hall for seven runs in the first two innings and didn’t look back. Gore knew his team was in trouble when Zach Peach hit a frozen rope on the very first pitch of the game that appeared to go over the centerfielder head, but he made a Willie Mays-like catch to save an extra-base hit.

“Even my coaches were saying that was the best play they’ve seen all year,” he said. “That just took the momentum away from us.”

The Panthers scored five in the second as they took advantage of an error, a walk and a hit batsman. The Spartans scored two in the third on a couple of errors, but Prep came right back with three in the fourth.

Bainbridge could only muster a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Robbie Stevenson and a solo homer by Peach in the sixth. Prep scored three more in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule and end the game.

If Bainbridge wins on Monday, they will play either Seattle Prep or O’Dea on Wednesday for a chance to be in the state tournament.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Sailors tack their way to nationals

The Bainbridge High School sailing team won the Northwest title for team racing last weekend, and will represent the district at the national championship in Jensen Beach, Fla., over Memorial Day weekend.

The elimination regatta, held in Port Angeles, was sailed in light and shifty winds, conditions with which Bainbridge sailors are familiar.

Six schools were represented in the elimination series. A single rotation in which Bainbridge varsity won all its matches was completed to determine the champion.

Several mark traps and pass-backs were executed smoothly in the winning effort, and in each race the team finished with a strong 1-2 combination.

Bainbridge went 5-0 in the competition, besting Friday Harbor at 4-1 on the day and Orcas Island at 3-2. North Kitsap, Port Angeles and Anacortes were left adrift with finishes of 1-4.

The rest of the Bainbridge sailing team competed in a separate fleet in a series of fleet races in three separate boats. North Kitsap and Orcas also sailed three boats, and Port Angeles, two.

The top finisher in this series for Bainbridge was Maddie Jackson, who sailed with various crews to several first and second places. The final scores found North Kitsap in the winning position and Bainbridge in second

Bainbridge varsity members heading to national competition in Florida include Garrett Linrothe, George Fleischfresser, Molly Jackson, Carl Shorett, Pat Layton, Adrian Mason, Emma Hartmann, Robbie Osterman and Jenny Erickson. It marks the third consecutive year Bainbridge has traveled to a national championship.

For the first time, Bainbridge will sail in both the double-handed and team race championships, as another district will not sail, and will leave an additional slot open for the hosting district.

Golfers strong at Egbers Invite

Bainbridge’s four state qualifiers, Hans Olson, Austin Hurt, Paul DeBarros and Jamie Neill, headed north to Mt. Vernon Friday to play in the Bill Egbers Invitational golf tournament.

Eighty golfers from both sides of the mountains played 18 holes in the morning. The top 40 and ties advanced to the afternoon medalist round, and any team that had three or more players make the cut was eligible to compete for the team title as well.

Hurt (74), DeBarros (76) and Neill (76) bested the cut score of 77. Olson was one shot above the cut, but continued on to the afternoon with his score counting towards the team total.

After lunch, the boys returned to the course with freshly mown greens and more difficult pin placements. The team was tied for third place, five strokes behind Kamiak High School, two behind Clarkston, and even with Ferris.

The wind and greens picked up speed and exposed the teeth of the 6,000-yard venue.

Scores soared into the 80s except for the Bainbridge team.

DeBarros birdied and bogeyed his way to an even par 71, while Hurt fired a 72, Neill added 77, and Olson threw a 79 into the mix giving the team 603 strokes, good enough to add another championship trophy to the case.

Kamiak finished with 606, Ferris with 610, and Clarkston blew up to 629.

Joe Dahmen, a junior from Clarkston, shot a tournament record 136, 6 under par, to take home the medalist trophy. Hurt’s 146 was good for ninth, DeBarros’ 147 filled the 10 spot, Neill’s 153 tied for 23rd, and Olson’s 157 put him at a tie for 30th.

The boys continue their spring fling hosting North Kitsap May 16 at Wing Point for an 18-hole match starting at 2 p.m. The boys 3A state tourney will be at Spokane’s Creek at Qualchan, June 1-2. The girls travel to Hangman Valley.

Tracksters angle for Metro seeding

On the last meet of the season, it didn’t matter if the Spartan track and field teams won against Bishop Blanchet and Eastside Catholic.

All that mattered was getting qualified for the Metro track meet next Wednesday.

Tucker Hannah did his part as he ran an 11.3 in the 100 to move up into the top 10 for the event. He also came in first in the 200 with a time of 23.5.

Colin O’Keefe moved up a few places with his time of 2:04.6 in the 800, while Bevan Taylor moved into the top five in the 1600 with a time of 4:33.

Angelo Ritualo bettered his previous top time in the 300 meter hurdles with a mark of 41.6. He also ran the anchor on the 4x400 relay team as they moved up in the rankings with a time of 3:35.1.

On the girls’ side, Hillary Pritchett ran a time of 2:20.5 in the 800 to better her previous time and stay in second in the league, while Caroline Johnson posted a mark of 5:08.7 in the 1600, moving back into first in the league for that event.

Theresa Johansen moved up into the top 16 in the shotput with a throw of 28 feet, 3-1⁄2 inches.

The results won’t become official until the seeding meeting on Monday in Seattle, according to head coach Andy Grimm. There, he and other coaches will finalize the seedings and find out who will and won’t be able to perform due to injury. Individual thletes are limited to four events for the competition.

The Metro League meet will be held on May 18 and May 20 at Chief Sealth High School. For those who missed out on the top 16, there will be an all-comers meet on May 19 at Rainier Beach High School.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Kickers fall, face loser-out match

In their final regular season game, the Spartan soccer team fell 1-0 to Eastside Catholic in Tukwila, in a match that saw numerous shots by both sides whistle wide or just over the bar.

It looked like the warm-up it was for Monday’s District playoff game, which will pit the same teams in a loser-out game that doubles as the first round of the Metro League championships.

“It could have gone either way,” said Bainbridge coach Anh Tran. “I’ve seen them play better.”

Both sides squandered good openings, with Eastside finishing with a slight shooting advantage.

Bainbridge keeper Alex Bolt kept his team close with five saves, but was helpless when Matt Neighbors fed James O’Leary eight minutes into the second half.

Bainbridge secured a playoff spot earlier in the week with Tuesday’s 2-1 win over visiting Seattle Prep.

Celebrating senior send-off night, Zach Tucker-Gangnes put the Spartans on the board first, taking a Jesse Burk-Rafel feed and carving through the Panther penalty area to place a bullet under the arms of a diving goalkeeper at the left post.

Prep tied things up in the 28th minute. After end to end action, Zach Mallove rocked the back of the net in the 78th to win the game, and the postseason for Bainbridge.

“We’ve improved over the year really well,” Burk-Rafel said. “Everyone is contributing. But we still haven’t shown that one thing that will take us over the top. We hope to by next week.”

For their 4-4-2 finish in the Mountain Division, Bainbridge (9-4-3 overall) earns fourth place and a return to the postseason, with eight multiple goal scorers.

Their offense improved from seven goals all of last season to 31 goals scored, a 24-goal turnaround.

Defensively Bainbridge stayed steady allowing 21 goals, two more than their league-leading 2004 total.

With two more wins by first place Bishop Blanchet (6-2-2), whose coach edged Tran in coach-of-the-year voting, the Braves, along with Nathan Hale earned the first round bye.

Eastside Catholic took second and will face Bainbridge at 5 p.m. May 16 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center.

Should Bainbridge defeat Eastside Catholic, they would face Nathan Hale on May 18.

The two teams in the Metro final Friday qualify for the state tournament.

– T.F. Smeeth

Girls LAX scores early and often

Bainbridge girls lacrosse came in focused Wednesday, winning a showdown with Mercer Island 12-6 at Memorial Stadium, helped by the enthusiasm in the hometown stands.

“We did what we set out to do,” co-captain Amy Gulbranson said.

In winning, Bainbridge secured their spot in the state playoffs while removing the last of the undefeated.

Favored to win at North Kitsap last night, Bainbridge was scheduled to host Overlake (8-5) in a playoff at 5:30 p.m. May 17, with a return to the May 21 championships on the line.

Kathryn Bachen and Alex Winnicki led with four scores apiece.

Winniki’s opening goal just 19 seconds into the contest set the tone. Hannah Davis duplicated 40 seconds into second half.

“They really came out and executed their plan,” said coach Tami Tommila of her team.

She then dissected the road ahead, “There really are four great teams in our league. Mercer plays Lakeside Friday, then plays them again on Tuesday. They’ll kill each other.”

Tommila labeled their lone defeat to Lakeside “the best thing to happen for us”, saying it enabled the Spartans “to analyze what we need to do as a team.”

“We’re lucky to play at home. It’s a great crowd (that) motivates our girls with their support.”

– T.F. Smeeth

14 Spartans head to tennis tourney

Bainbridge tennis takes 14 individual players to Lower Woodland Park tennis courts today, starting as early as 8 a.m.

Girls singles serve first, with Lauren Trageser and Molly Donohue getting the early alarm, against West Seattle’s Anne Sears and Cleveland Eagle Courtney Jones.

If they win they then return to play at 12:30, joining the mixed doubles team of Anna Judson and Darton Gibbons, along with Whitney Cheng who has a first round bye.

In girls doubles, Gwen Gottlieb and Jocelyn Moody start at 9:30 a.m. facing the Chief Sealth duo of Nguyen/Peppard. Also starting with them will be boys singles players Gaelen Kelly and Daniel Donohue who take on Eastside Catholic’s Kris Ritzman and Celgin Pangero respectively. Winning sends them to 2 p.m. matches.

With an 11 a.m. start time for the Bainbridge boys doubles teams, Sean Brachvogel and Nash Reijnen play Seattle Prep’s Lee/Iwanski team, concurrent with Taylor Lea and Erik Saksa facing LeCorgne/Schaffer of Eastside Catholic.

The latest start is for the Spencer Cheng and Hank Hobbs tandem. Earning a first round bye, they play Williams/Saechao of Rainier Beach at 3:30 pm. At 2 p.m., Jenny Trygg and Marietta Crockett will play the winners of the Holy Names, Blanchet morning match-up.

Winners play in afternoon competition that is scheduled to start at 12:30. Losers go home. After the first two rounds, action continues Monday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m.

Under Metro sponsorship the tournament concludes on Wednesday.

– T.F. Smeeth

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