The power of the imagination was no match for the brawn behind the Bainbridge bats and the muscle on the Spartan mound.
The Spartans overpowered Ingraham 11-0 in girls fastpitch softball Tuesday at Bainbridge.
Bainbridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then piled on with four more runs in the second.
After another four-run inning in the fourth that pushed the BHS advantage to 11-0, the Rams were looking for a fifth-inning rally to prevent a mercy-rule finish to the game.
“Let’s pretend this is not the score right now,” an Ingraham player called out to her teammates in the dugout. “Play like it’s 0-0.”
An Ingraham coach chipped in, and made the stakes clear: Score two runs or it’s over.
The challenge quickly became even greater. Katie Raben was brought in to pitch for the Spartans — Ali Reichert had carried Bainbridge through the first four innings with an amazing five-strikeout, two-run performance — and Raben struck out the first-up Ingraham batter, Sarah Siverson.
Jessica Andrade was next, and lined a shot right to the Spartans’ second baseman for the second out.
Raben then struck out Justine Davis on three pitches for the third out and the Spartans’ sixth win in the Metro League.
Bainbridge remained unbeaten on the season with the win, and the Spartans improved their record to 8-0 overall.
Riley Gregoire helped power the Spartans to the win. She finished 2-for-4, with a triple and three RBIs.
Natalie Allen went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, and Carolyn Williams went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In highlights for Ingraham, Christina Easley and Andrade both went 1-for-2 for the Rams.
The Spartans were scheduled to finish out the week at home against Eastside Catholic in a late Thursday Metro League matchup, but the game was rained out. The Spartans will now play the Crusaders on a double header on April 25.
Bainbridge returns to action, weather permitting, on Wednesday, April 17 against Holy Names Academy on the Spartans’ fastpitch field.