SEATTLE – This win was a long time coming.
In a fastpitch softball game that began as a rain out in March, continued as the second game of a double header on April 2 that was suspended for “darkness” (according to the Roosevelt coach and the umpires) was finally completed on Monday, with Bainbridge coming back to take a 10-9 win over the Roughriders.
The game had been called “due to darkness” April 2 with Roosevelt in front, 8-5.
Though the Rough Riders may have hoped the score would stand, the league ruled the game would be continued and on April 30, it was.
The last three and a half innings were as exciting as the first six and a half innings from four weeks ago.
Malia Peato stranded a pair of Rough Riders on the bases in the bottom of the seventh, Roosevelt turned a double play in the eighth to stop a potential Spartan rally.
The ninth brought the international tiebreaker into play, with each team starting the inning with a runner on second. The Spartans did not mount much of a rally in the top of the ninth with the runner thrown out on an attempted steal. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Roosevelt loaded the bases, but a force at home and infield pop up ended the threat.
In the 10th, with the Spartans’ Kensey Baker on second, Morgan Lassoff laid down a sacrifice bunt, only to reach safely when the throw was not handled cleanly by the second baseman covering first.
Lassoff stole second to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Maddie Loverich grounded out to drive in Baker and advance Lassoff to third. Peato then grounded to the shortstop who threw home in an attempt to get Lassoff.
But Lassoff avoided the tag with a great slide around the catcher to give the Spartans a two-run lead, 10-8.
Roosevelt came back in the bottom of the 10th to score one run, but Peato stranded runners at second and first to seal the win.
The win secured at least second place in the Mountain Division, with two games left with division leader Holy Names.
Following the Roosevelt game, the Spartans moved to a different dugout at the Lower Woodland softball fields, this time to take on long-time rival Holy Names on the Cougars’ Senior Day.
The Spartans jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third on a bases-clearing double by Peato.
Holy Names came right back in the bottom of the inning, forging a 4-3 advantage on a three RBI double by Molly Jones and a single by Selina Rojas.
Jones and Rojas were in the middle of a two-run fifth for the Cougars, who also added a final run in the sixth to complete a 7-3 win over the Spartans.
Bainbridge will wrap up the regular season with a Senior Day home game on Friday, May 4. Five graduating senior Spartans will be celebrated: Maddie Loverich, Sara Colley, Morgan Lassoff, Kensey Baker and Olivia Ditmore.
Game time is 4 p.m. against Holy Names.