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6-1 win over Lakeside is Spartan baseball redemption
The visiting Lakeside Lions may well have been anticipating an easy win over the Bainbridge Spartans Friday, April 4, having defeated the varsity baseball team 4-1 only two days before. Instead they came away from their sunny afternoon island excursion with a 6-1 reality check.
The BHS redemption tale began early in the game, and was all but guaranteed by the fourth inning.
By the end of the second, the Spartans led 3-0.
Unrelenting, by the end of the third, they led 5-1.
Tino Peleti put his stamp on the game with the second Spartan home run of the season - the first to be scored at home - and smacked one out of the park early in the game. He totaled three at bats, two hits and three RBIs.
BHS teammates Ben Kussie and Sam Tiffany also had much to be proud of by the finale of the Lakeside rematch.
Tiffany finished the game with three at bats and two hits with one RBI, while Kussie managed two runs for two at bats with one hit.
Though he was happy with the team’s continually improving hitting skills, Spartan Head Coach David Smart said that they still have a lot of work to do to improve defensively.
“We hit the ball hard a few times, and luckily it didn’t go where they were,” he laughed. “We were a little sketchy on defense,” he explained. “There were a couple of ground balls that got away from us, and [our] positioning. So we were talking about approach, but the approach is in the field as well.
“We’ve got a slow field, it’s grass, it’s not what a lot of people play on. When the ball’s getting beat into a soft field it just doesn’t go anywhere,” he said. “We have to change where we’re at physically on the field, and then adjust from that and make the plays from there.”