STRAWBERRY HILL PARK - Gig Harbor proved surprisingly deep in the Little League District 2 All Stars Softball Tournament as the team held on to outlast a scrappy Bainbridge All Star squad in the 10-11 age bracket.
Bainbridge was represented by the team of Lafayette Chabot, Georgia Wood, Anna Kozlosky, Grace Duffy, Zoe Pells, Kate Jarecke, Ali Spence, Ruby Raymundo, Esme Riedhead, Bridget Weibel, Abby Sullivan and Natalie Gillatt. They were coached by Bruce Welling, Deidra Raben, Clint Pells and Erik Wood, and managed by Paul Sullivan.
Bainbridge played a three-game series against rivals Gig Harbor for the opportunity to represent District 2 in the Little League state tournament.
The series kicked off with a disheartening 10-0 loss.
Outstanding pitching efforts from Layafette Chabot, and Georgie Wood (who combined to give up only one earned run over five innings) were overshadowed by the nine errors Bainbridge had in the field.
Offensively Bainbridge stranded 10 base runners, as a tight Gig Harbor defense held them scoreless.
In the middle game of the series, Bainbridge exploded in the first inning and scored 10 runs on eight hits, seemingly letting out all their frustration from the previous game.
The Bainbridge girls went on to score three more runs while defensively holding a dangerous Gig Harbor team to just seven runs over six innings. Again Chabot and Wood’s pitching was outstanding, giving up only five earned runs, while the defense behind them tightened up allowing just two errors.
Offensively Bainbridge leaders were Anna Kozloskey, who had four hits and scored twice; and Grace Duffy and Kate Jarecke who both had three hits and scored three times.
The rubber match of the series was played on Bainbridge at Kurt Lindsay Field.
The Bainbridge All Stars jumped out to an early lead and scored eight runs on seven hits in the top of the first inning.
Key two-out RBI hits by Abby Sullivan, Georgia Wood, Natalie Gillat, and Grace Duffy put Bainbridge on top early.
But Gig Harbor refused to go away, and scored five runs in the bottom half of the first on big two-out hits by Natalie Haworth and Ella Anthony.
Gig Harbor then held Bainbridge scoreless in top half of the second, while tallying one run in the bottom half of the frame.
In the top of the third Bainbridge scored five runs on key hits by Grace Duffy and Ruby Raymundo, with a bases-clearing triple by Ali Spence to make the score 13-6 entering the bottom half of the third.
Gig Harbor responded with five runs of its own and their own bases-clearing triple by Ia Gilbert in the bottom half of the inning.
To make matters worse for Bainbridge, Gig Harbor held Bainbridge scoreless in the fourth inning and pushed in three more runs to take the lead for the first time in the game, 14-13.
Bainbridge pushed back in the fifth and scored twice on an RBI single by Ali Spence and a RBI ground out by Bridget Weibel to put Bainbridge ahead, 15-14.
In the second half of the inning, Gig Harbor scratched out a run to tie things up 15-15.
Gig Harbor held Bainbridge scoreless in the sixth, and then broke through in the bottom half of the inning on a game-winning walk-off double by Caroline Hofmann.