A roller coaster year: Spring sports

Bainbridge shortstop Tanner Bogardus tags out a Timberline runner in the state semifinals. - Jim Bryant
Bainbridge shortstop Tanner Bogardus tags out a Timberline runner in the state semifinals.
— image credit: Jim Bryant

The second installment of a three-part series. Come back Friday for the best of fall sports.

2009 was a year of new beginnings for the Bainbridge Spartans. Two spring teams found themselves in state championship games for the first time, but only one would claim a title.

Spartan softball claims first state title

Entering the state tournament as the third seed from the SeaKing District, the Spartans defeated two-time defending champion Kennedy Catholic on the road to their first 3A state championship in school history.

Lindsay Willman pitched four complete games in the state tournament, two of which were no-hitters, including the Spartans’ 6-1 victory over Kennedy in the first round, a 1-0 defeat of Union and a 2-0 semifinal win over Enumclaw.

The Spartans met Holy Names in the championship game, and both teams went scoreless through five innings. Bainbridge opened a four-run scoring barrage in the top of the sixth, and Holy Names answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Spartans’ offense kept on rolling in the top of the seventh, adding two more runs to secure the championship, 6-2.

Baseball comes up short in championship

After finishing 8-11 in the 2008 season, the BHS baseball team rebounded with its best finish in school history. The Spartans, in their first playoff appearance since 2005, claimed second place after falling to O’Dea 10-3 in the championship.

In the first round of the playoffs, Colin Feldtman struck out 11 batters and hit a grand slam, leading Bainbridge to a 5-4 victory over Columbia River.

Tanner Bogardus gave the Spartans a spark in the quarterfinals with leadoff homer top of the seventh, starting a five-run rally. Bainbridge went on to defeat Highline 9-4.

The Spartans ran into top-ranked Timberline in the semifinals, and erased an early 2-0 deficit to earn a state championship berth, winning 4-2.

But the Spartans struggled offensively in the title game, getting only five hits and failing to capitalize on O’Dea’s 10 walks.

Spring highlights:

Girls lacrosse – For the fourth straight year, Bainbridge reached the Division I state championship game but failed to clinch the title. Facing defending champion Lakeside, Bainbridge fell 14-13 in double overtime.

Track and field – The BHS 4 x 400 relay team set a new school record in the state meet preliminaries. Pearl Terry, Isabel Ferguson, Courtney Odell and Sylvia Stellmacher beat the qualifying time, 4:00.68, by four-tenths of a second.

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