Sports Roundup - Fastpitchers split at districts/Saucier third, earns state trip/Raqueteers eliminated

Fastpitchers split at districts

TUKWILA – On a hot, sunny Thursday, the Bainbridge fastpitch team went .500 on the first day of the 3A Sea-King District 2 tournament, defeating Nathan Hale 4-1 in the early game, but lost 10-0 in five innings to the Liberty Patriots in the later game.

Against Liberty, starter Karen Robinson gave up two runs in the first inning on back-to-back RBI singles by pitcher Michelle Ruby and third baseman Michelle Torre.

The Spartans kept them in check until the bottom of the fourth when the Patriots exploded for seven runs, as they bunted numerous times and took advantage of several miscues by the Bainbridge defense.

Torre rounded out the scoring with a two-run homer to centerfield.

Only three Spartan batters reached base as Ruby walked none and struck out five.

Chelsea Hansen and Chelsea Baker reached base on a single and a throwing error by shortstop Becca Decater in the third inning with one out, but Ruby got Meika Monroe and Robinson to pop out and end the threat.

Liberty used more bunts in the fifth to score another run and envoke the 10-run mercy rule.

Against Nathan Hale, Bainbridge was down 1-0 before scoring all their runs in the third.

With one out, Chelsie Kakela and Robinson singled. Shortstop Cara Thompson singled to drive in Kakela, then pitcher Lindsay Willmann took the first pitch she saw over the fence for a three-run bomb.

The Spartans needed to win two games yesterday in the consolation bracket to move onto the state tournament next weekend.

If they defeated Holy Names, they’ll take on the loser of the Sammamish-Issaquah game.

Saucier third, earns state trip

With a trip to state on the line for Bainbridge golfer Katie Saucier, she made a call that could have cost her a championship, but showed how strong her sense of sportsmanship is.

According to head coach Steve Nielsen, Saucier notified a field marshal on the 15th hole that her ball may have moved after she placed it on a steep lie and so she was giving herself a penalty stroke despite none of her partners nor the field marshal actually witnessing the ball move.

Ultimately, the move didn’t cost her, as she shot a eight-over 80 on the 72-par West Seattle Golf Course to place third at the 3A Sea-King District 2 golf tournament to clinch her third straight trip to state.

The junior was five-over par on the front nine, but rebounded on the back nine, scoring a three-over par 38 to move up to third.

Her teammates Rachel Frease and Annalise Herr didn’t make the cut. Ryan Nottingham was an alternate, but didn’t play.

Katrina Hegge from Seattle Prep was the medalist at the tournament, as she shot a 75 to place first.

Bainbridge was seventh in the team standings with 25 points.

The top 19 golfers move onto the 3A state tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake, 15 miles east of Spokane.

Raqueteers eliminated

Bainbridge tennis players Spencer Cheng and Molly Donohue had their run at a state title end at the 3A Sea-King District 2 tournament Tuesday in Seattle.

Cheng lost 6-0, 6-1 to Mercer Island’s Chris Bailey in the consolation semifinal, but defeated Garren Azama from Newport 6-0, 0-6, 6-3 in the fifth place/sixth place match to earn the first alternate to state.

Donohue was eliminated by Seattle Prep’s Nicole Fleckinstein 6-2, 6-2 and lost the fifth/sixth place match to Sammamish’s Van Doung to earn the second alternate to state.

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