Softball | Bainbridge focuses on districts

Sophomore Hailey Willmann leads the team with 33 hits. - Brad Camp/For the Review
Sophomore Hailey Willmann leads the team with 33 hits.
— image credit: Brad Camp/For the Review

Bainbridge might have had a slight case of deja vu heading into the SeaKing District Tournament Thursday. The Spartans, who were scheduled to play Ingraham in the first round at 2 p.m., defeated the Rams 26-0 just a week ago in the Metro tournament.

“It’s a little strange to be seeing them again,” coach Liz McCloskey said. “But our main focus is focusing... no matter what team we’re facing.”

Bainbridge (21-5), which held the second spot in the 3A state rankings all season, has lost four of its last six games, slipping to seventh in the polls.

Bainbridge followed up its rout of Ingraham with a stunning 5-2 loss to Nathan Hale.

“I was in shock for a good 24 hours, but as a coach you’ve got to get over it and you send the kids home to think about it,” McCloskey said. Bainbridge defeated Nathan Hale 6-0 in their previous meeting.

“It was a good lesson learned for the girls in terms of coming into every game ready to play and not focusing on what could be next,” McCloskey said. “That’s the biggest thing that became a problem. We had a lot of kids thinking about the next day.”

Bainbridge rebounded with a 5-2 victory over West Seattle May 14 to claim the third Metro seed at districts, setting up the Ingraham rematch.

Four of the Spartans’ five losses came from teams outside of 3A: North Mason (2A), Central Kitsap (4A) and Adna (2B).

The team’s second loss to Central Kitsap Monday was excellent preparation for the district tournament, McCloskey said.

“(The) game was everything that we could ask for,” she said. “I think we made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have made, but it was an overall good game, which is what we need.”

The line-up could also undergo some changes.

“We have to kind of dissect our lineup and say, ‘These people are getting on, these people are leaving these people on.’ Do we need to make that adjustment?”

Lauren Reichert (6-4), who took the loss Monday, was scheduled to pitch against Ingraham.

Bainbridge won’t make the mistake of looking past the Rams, who played without their number one pitcher May 12, McCloskey said.

If the Spartans win, Haylee Baker (6-1) will throw at 4 p.m., McCloskey said. Bainbridge would face the second seed from the KingCo League, which will likely be Mount Si.

“It’ll be interesting to see how we come out with our bats and focus,” McCloskey said. “It’s really about being focused 100 percent through the entire game, no matter who we’re playing.”


Batting leaders

Average.: Caitlin McCormick,.491

Hits: Hailey Willmann, 33

Runs: Reichert, 29

RBIs: Taylor Greenfield, 23

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