GIG HARBOR – The weather wasn’t the only thing that was bad in the Spartans’ season opener in girls varsity fastpitch softball against Gig Harbor.
The Tides found fortune in both the steady rain — which prompted a shortened contest called in the fifth inning — and the fleeting phantom of several illegal pitches called during a somewhat sloppy first game of the season. Gig Harbor won, 9-4.
Sara Colley took the mound for the Spartans with Maddie Loverich behind the plate.
For the Tides, it was the sister act of Adelaide Werner and Bailey Werner.
Gig Harbor pulled ahead 4-0 in the first inning before Bainbridge cut it slightly, to 4-1, in the top of the second.
The Tides tacked on another run in the third, but BHS closed the gap to 5-4 in the fourth.
Gig Harbor responded in the bottom of the inning with four girls crossing the plate.
The wet ball seemed more slippery on the Spartan side. Nine walks, two hit batters, a couple of errors, three runs scored on illegal pitches and two runs scored on bases loaded walks. Except for the illegal pitches, a wet ball was the probable cause for the extent of the follies.
Loverich finished at 2-for-3 at the plate for Bainbridge with one run.
Fellow Spartan Colley was 1-for-1, with a double and a run scored.
For Gig Harbor, Lauren Forseth went 2-for-3, with two RBIs and two runs. Teammate Maddie Potter went 2-for-2, with a double, RBI and one run.