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Sports Roundup - Hardballers fall to Chief Sealth/Fastpitchers win two more/JV lacrossers undefeated/Toe Jam run makes history/

Brittany Wisner tags out North Kitsap’s Josie Ball before Ball makes it to second in earlier season play. The Spartans are 7-1 in Metro League play, right behind the undefeated division leader Holy Names. Both teams won’t meet up until the end of the season, when they square off May 1 and 3. - Julie Busch photo
Brittany Wisner tags out North Kitsap’s Josie Ball before Ball makes it to second in earlier season play. The Spartans are 7-1 in Metro League play, right behind the undefeated division leader Holy Names. Both teams won’t meet up until the end of the season, when they square off May 1 and 3.
— image credit: Julie Busch photo

The Spartans hold the Hawks to just four hits, but their bats go silent.

Shortstop Zach Peach and outfielder Michael Heald had to endure constant questions from classmates and friends Monday about why the Bainbridge baseball team lost to a team they should have beaten in Chief Sealth.

Heald said his dad wasn’t even exempt from the line of questioning, fielding several inquiries while he was at the grocery store.

But the Bainbridge baseball team did lose, dropping a 3-2 decision to Sealth Friday in West Seattle.

“We just didn’t hit the ball,” Peach said.

The Spartans had eight hits, but left 11 runners stranded for the game.

He also felt the team wasn’t ready to play as much of the starting lineup was on the bench while some of the swing players went down to JV for their game against Sealth.

“We just weren’t mentally prepared for it,” he said. “We came in thinking we were going to win and those guys rallied and fought and wanted to win. They weren’t afraid of us.”

Nick Tsoloimitis got the start but struggled through 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk, two hit batters and a wild pitch. He struck out two.

The Seahawks were held to just four hits, but were able to score one runner who reached on a walk and another who was hit by a pitch.

Chief Sealth even scored on a suicide squeeze that was supposed to be a pitchout but went over the plate.

Bainbridge had some scoring opportunities when they loaded the bases in the fifth, but hit into a double play.

They also had the sacks full in the sixth with two outs, but the next batter struck out.

“I think we took it too lightly,” Heald said. “But it’s over. (We need to move) onto the next game.”

Peach felt it did expose how they prepare for weaker opponents versus tougher ones, saying they need to be ready for their game against undefeated West Seattle.

“I think there’ll be a big change in how we play,” he said. “We have a tough game in West Seattle. They’re a great team and we can’t take them lightly.”

Cameron Wagner threw an inning for the loss. He gave up one run on one hit and walked two. C.J. Hall pitched two thirds of scoreless relief.

Against Seattle Prep on April 3, Hall pitched the last two innings of the first game that was suspended due to darkness. He gave up the game winning two run homer.

Hall came back to shut down the Panthers in the second game on three hits, striking out two and walking three.

He got 15 outs via the ground ball, while the defense turned three double plays.

Bainbridge (3-3, 5-3) plays West Seattle April 17th.

Fastpitchers win two more

Lindsay Willmann is settling in quite nicely as the number two starter for the Bainbridge fastpitch team.

The freshman collected her third win of the season as the Spartans defeated Chief Sealth 14-0 last Friday.

It’s not only their third straight win, but their sixth win in 10 games where they’ve scored 10 runs or more.

It also keeps them in second place in the Metro League Mountain Division, a game behind undefeated Holy Names.

Head coach Liz McCloskey isn’t letting the team get ahead of themselves.

“When I talked to the girls on Friday, I told them we’re going to take it one week at a time, one game at a time and we’re going to see what plays out after each game,” she said. “(We’re going to see) where we need to get better and what we need to work on.”

Willmann is getting better by the game, as she went all seven innings against Seattle Prep April 3 and gave up no earned runs while striking out 10 for the win.

She fanned 11 Seahawks in five innings while giving up one hit, a double.

“Lindsay threw really well,” McCloskey said. “She threw great against Seattle Prep and I threw her against Chief Sealth to get some more innings out there.

“It was a good chance for her to calm down, relax and throw hard.”

The Spartans started off slow, scoring just two runs in the first, but broke it open in the fourth, scoring 11 runs.

Fiaau Savini gave up several walks and hit a few batters as Willmann and Wagner each hit a double. Cara Thompson had a hit as well.

Willman finished 2 for 3 with five RBIs while Thompson went 2 for 3 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Wagner was 1 for 3 with the aforementioned double, three RBIs and a run scored.

McCloskey said Willmann is going to pitch against West Seattle and Lakeside in the upcoming weeks.

She also plans to put both in the same game to throw teams off and give them the advantage.

“It’ll be fun,” she said. “I think everyone is looking forward to the second half of the season because we’re going to be playing some good teams and we’ve showed teams that we’re just as good as they are. We just have to take it one game, one step at a time.”

Bainbridge (7-1, 8-2) played Olympic yesterday. They host Sequim on Friday and travel to West Seattle on Monday.

JV lacrossers undefeated

Bainbridge JV lacrosse head coach Kii Vette likes what he sees so far with his team.

“So far we’re doing really well,” he said. “It’s still early and we’re feeling each other (teams) out, but we’re doing well.”

The Spartans defeated Bellevue, Garfield and Maple Valley to begin the season 3-0.

Vette felt the key to their strong play was contributions from a young squad made up of mostly freshman.

“The JV program is looking pretty strong,” he said, noting that Bjorn Ostenson and Ross Cobb are two of his top players.

Bainbridge played Seattle Prep at home yesterday, then travel to Klahowya April 17 for an exhibition game.

Game time is at 5 p.m.

Toe Jam run makes history

The Toe Jam Hill half marathon, 10k race and one mile Fun Run is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

It’s the second year of the Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club taking over the event from the Bainbridge Island Parks & Recreation Department to use as a fundraiser for their organization.

All races start and finish at the Bainbridge High School track, with registration to take place in Paski Gymnasium starting at 8:30 a.m.

Those coming from Seattle and other towns are advised to catch the 7:55 a.m. ferry to Bainbridge.

After registration, runners can warm up and stretch before the half marathon, which starts at 9:30 a.m., the 10K, which starts at 9:45 a.m. and the one mile fun run, which starts at 10:30 a.m.

All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club.

Those interested in preregistering can download forms at www.island-fitness.com.

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