Bainbridge little leaguers make fast work of Jefferson/Townsend

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POUSLBO – Just like the thunderstorm that passed through, the Bainbridge Majors softball All-Stars struck hard and fast against the East Jefferson/South Jefferson/Port Townsend All-Stars Wednesday, defeating them 12-1 in five innings at Snider Park in Poulsbo.

Bainbridge scored first in the first inning as Leah Nordberg scored on a groundout by Kayla Estes.

The team then sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning to score eight runs.

Anna Obergottsberger and Erin Jones reached on an infield hit and an error, then Hannah Lipka drove both in with a double down the left field line.

Roxanne Edenholm later doubled to score two more.

East Jefferson got a run back in their half of the second on an error, but Bainbridge added two more in the fourth and fifth to invoke the mercy rule.

Bainbridge also got strong pitching from Kayla Estes and Caitlin Maguire.

Estes threw a perfect first inning while Maguire went four innings for the win, walking three and striking out six.

The game was stopped twice to let a thunderstorm pass through.

Also winning its first game was the Bainbridge Blue 9-10 baseball All-Stars, who defeated West Central Kitsap 13-3.

Nate Boegl threw four innings for the win. He gave up three earned runs on three hits, walked four and struck out nine.

He also went 3 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs.

Anders Tonsmann doubled with the bases loaded in the third while Matias Francis was 3 for 4, with two of those hits coming off of drag bunts.

He scored three runs.

Truman Miller contributed defensively by throwing out runners at second and third in consecutive innings.

The Majors All-Stars play Saturday at 3 p.m. against Sequim, with the winner advancing to the championship game Monday at 6 p.m.

Bainbridge Blue plays Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of North Mason/Key Peninsula.

–Jim Boegl contributed to this article

Rope Skippers earn medals

The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers were incredibly successful at the U.S. Jump Rope National Championships held at Orlando, Fla., last weekend.

“This was the most competitive Nationals ever hosted by USA Jump Rope,” said team manager Bonnie Harrison.

There were over 950 competitors and 76 teams from across the United States. The team as a whole made a strong showing, finishing 18th overall in the freestyle competition.

Several jumpers placed in the top 10 in the country in various different speed and freestyle events.

They were:

Single Rope Speed Relay (4 x 30): 13-14 years old, 10th Place Ribbon – Anna Mather, Emily Applewhite, Jessica Fay and Abigail Harrison.

Female Single Rope Freestyle: 13-14 years old, Bronze Medal – Kelsey Gonwick.

18-22 years old: Eighth Place Ribbon – Ali Maier.

Single Rope Pairs Freestyle: 12 years old and under, Gold Medal – Sarah Sharman and Abigail Harrison.

13-14 years old, Eighth Place Ribbon – Jessica Fay and Ari Felkey.

15-17 years old, Eighth Place Ribbon – Emily Applewhite and Molly Harrison.

Double Dutch Freestyle: 13-14 years old, Seventh Place Ribbon – Ally Clement, Sarah Sharman, and Abigail Harrison.

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle: 18 years and older, Fifth Place Ribbon – Ali Maier, Becca Doll, Lizzy Sharman and Molly Harrison

Results for Grand Nationals Championship – (This final day of competition is for the top eight scores from all age categories in the age Division Competition.)

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle: Seventh Place – Ali Maier, Becca Doll, Lizzy Sharman and Molly Harrison.

“Under the calm and confident guidance of our coach, Julie Leachman, the team rallied on the second day and put the first day behind them,” Harrison said. “Several groups had dazzling ‘no miss’ routines that really showed off our teams’ strengths of synchronization, athleticism and teamwork.”

Her enthusiasm was echoed by Coach Julie Leachman,

 “I was so pleased that they brought home so many medals and ribbons at a nationals event where they were competing at the highest levels against the best jumpers in the country,” Leachman said.

“This is simply an accomplished, outstanding group of young women,” she continued.

–With information provided by BIRS’ Kerrie Reightley

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