Sports Roundup -- Another romp for girls LAX/Double plays boost Spartans/Fastpitchers down ‘Hawks’/Big game for LAX tonight

Another romp for girls LAX

Bainbridge girls lacrosse won its final regular match 15-5 at North Kitsap Friday, finishing the regular season with a 12-1 A-League record.

They faced Overlake last night in a state semifinal playoff, working toward their third championship in the four years and seventh overall.

After an emotional and clinical win over Mercer Island a week ago, the match that assured top seed in the playoffs was in jeopardy, as officials were still being sought the day of the game.

Co-captain Amy Gulbranson led with eight ground balls. Alex Winnicki and Anne Kent each registered a hat trick, while the trio of Hannah Davis, Jane Baumgartner and Kathryn Bachen pitched in two apiece.

Goalkeeper Dimi Lotakis saved seven on 12 Viking shots on frame to earn the win. On the season Lotakis reject 70 shots out of 110 faced – a nearly 64 percent save rate, reaffirming her reputation as one of the state’s top goalkeeper

As a team, Bainbridge finished with 10 players scoring a total of 195 goals, averaging 15 a game. Winnicki led the crowded pack of cage rattlers with 42, as well as a team best 18 assists.

Lindsay Lund led the team with 33 ground balls. Aggressive defender Grace Davis topped in defense with 19 turnovers caused.

Their only blemish on the season was their late-season 6-3 loss at Lakeside, who dumped Mercer 8-3 Friday in a preview of the other semifinal. With a win last night over the Overlake Owls, the Spartans would play the Lakeside-Mercer Island winner at the championship match scheduled for 6 p.m. May 21 at Mercer Stadium.

-- T.F. Smeeth

Double plays boost Spartans

One game down, one to go for the BHS baseball team.

The Spartans came from behind to defeat the West Seattle Wildcats 6-3 on Monday to move on to the semifinals of the Metro League tournament.

“It’s a satisfying victory,” head coach Jayson Gore said. “We played very good defense out there, and it feels good to get the win.”

Starter C.J. Hall pitched a complete game, striking out two and walking none. He gave up just seven hits and got help from the Spartan defense, which turned three double plays.

The Spartans struck first in the second inning when they scored twice, highlighted by a RBI single by Josh Truan. The Wildcats countered in the third with three runs off Hall to take the lead.

“We had to go out there and get him settled,” Gore said. “After that, he was lights out. He kept us in the ballgame.”

Bainbridge made sure Hall’s effort wouldn’t go to waste, scoring three in the fourth as Brenden Gent hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt Frazee, and Truan singled to bring home another run. They scored an insurance run in the fifth on an RBI single by Hall.

Gore was happy with his team’s defensive effort, but wants more production from his lineup. Of the 21 outs they made, 12 were fly outs.

“They (the pop outs) were easy ‘cans of corn,’” he said. “We’re going to have to work on getting the ball down.”

Bainbridge next faces Ingraham. The Rams are a hot team, winning 11 of their last 13 games, including a 3-2 victory over the Spartans on Friday and a 2-0 shutout of Seattle Prep on Monday.

With a win, they would move on to the championship game on Saturday versus Eastside Catholic or O’Dea, and qualify for the 3A state tournament.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Fastpitchers down ‘Hawks’

The Bainbridge varsity fastpitch team is still in it.

The Spartans had just six hits, but took advantage of 12 walks to blow out the Chief Sealth Seahawks 16-1 in five innings in a Metro League tournament game at Denny Field on Monday.

“They came out and had fun,” head coach Liz McCloskey said. “Obviously we wanted it to be more competitive, but we’ll take this win and move on.”

Karen Robinson pitched a complete game and gave up just one run on three hits. She walked none and struck out four.

The Seahawks scored in the first inning on a RBI single by pitcher Fia’au Savini, but the Spartans countered in the second with five runs on no hits, as Savini gave up four walks in the inning.

Bainbridge Island added two more runs in the fourth, highlighted by an RBI single by Amanda Szarzynski, then broke the game open in the fifth with nine runs to invoke the mercy rule.

Rene’e Matautia came in for Savini, then proceeded to give up three runs on six straight walks and a hit batsman before Stephanie Wagner cleared the bases with a triple.

She then hit Kelcee Azure with a pitch, walked Marci Morford and gave up a double to Chelsea Hansen, scoring Azure and Morford.

The runs could have come in handy on Friday, as the Spartans lost 3-2 to Ingraham. They led 2-1 for most of the game before the Rams scored two in the seventh to win it.

Robinson had a one hitter going before Ingraham rallied. She finished with no walks and six strikeouts.

They’ll need her arm, the bats and their defense to play well – they committed just two errors the past two games – to move on. Bainbridge Island will open the tournament against Mountain Division champ Holy Names at Lower Woodland Field at 3 p.m. McCloskey said her team will be ready to go.

“The girls have their confidence up,” she said. “We know we can be competitive against them, and we’ll be looking for revenge.”

If the Spartans win, they’ll play in the semifinals against the winner of the Eastside Catholic/Ingraham game tomorrow.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Big game for LAX tonight

Behind the inspired play of defender Jordan Foster and goalkeeping of Patrick McMullen, the boys lacrosse team avenged their opening loss to Garfield, putting themselves in position to win their table.

The senior leaders, at their final curtain against the Roughriders at 7:30 p.m. this evening at Memorial Stadium, will include the younger players who have come on strong in a crescendo of action to rally the team into the playoffs. Tied with the Bulldogs at 11-4, Bainbridge can claim first place with a win tonight.

Dylan Masi had two goals and four assists in the 7-5 win over Garfield Monday. Zach Kornfeld led a complete Spartan defense with six ground balls and turnovers caused.

The Spartans host first round playoff action Friday evening, probably facing Eastside.

– T.F. Smeeth

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