BHS knocked out of state with loss to Liberty

Bainbridge rarely beats itself in baseball.

It barely loses at all — only twice all season while winning 20 and outscoring opponents 149-49.

But that wasn’t the case May 20 as the Spartans made two untimely errors, mixed with an untimely walk and some untimely baserunning mistakes in losing to Liberty of Renton 5-1, knocking BHS out of the state playoffs.

The lack of timely hitting didn’t help as the Spartans left runners on base nearly every inning.

Coco Black and JT Hardy hit singles in the first inning, but were left stranded, and BHS left two more on in the second after a hit batter and a walk.

Liberty got the only two runs it needed in the third when the Patriots loaded the bases with one out on two singles and an error by BHS shortstop freshman McCrea Curfman. Spartan pitcher Cole Pentin then picked up his first walk, forcing in a run. An error by freshman first baseman Will Rohrbacher brought in the second run before third baseman Luke Lavigne made the first of a few key defensive plays to end the inning.

In the bottom of the frame, Hardy walked with two out and Rohrbacher sent pinch runner Wyatt Oleson to third with a single, but Lavigne grounded out to end that threat.

Spartan pitcher Pentin dominated in the fourth inning with better command keeping the ball down in the strike zone and changing speeds, picking up a strikeout in an easy inning for him.

BHS scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Duncan Bos led off with a triple at the base of the rightfield fence. But after sophomore Jack Grant walked he was picked off on a close play. The Spartans scored their only run when Curfman grounded into an error.

Liberty picked up another run in the fifth, but just barely as the throw home to catcher Hardy from BHS right-fielder Bos was close after the Patriots smacked a couple of hits. Lavigne made another defensive gem to end the inning.

Eddie Bignold got on in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a walk, but he was caught in a rundown. Hardy was then hit by a pitch and Rohrbacher hit the ball hard, but right into a double play.

Liberty went down 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth with Lavigne getting two of the outs at the hot corner.

Lavigne started off the bottom of the inning with a hard-hit single, and Bos also hit the ball hard, but Liberty came up with its second double play of the game.

Liberty tacked on two more runs in the seventh. With one out, there was a walk and then Elias Oster smashed a pitch over centerfielder Black’s head for an RBI triple. An RBI single over a drawn-in infield brought in their last score.

In the final chance for BHS, with one out Curfman hit an infield single, stole second and went to third on an error on the catcher’s throw. But Bignold lined out to end the game.

McCrea Curfman slides safely into second base.
Luke Lavigne slides hard into second base, but Liberty still pulled off a double play.
Liberty scores its last run easily at the plate.
Eddie Bignold, with shortstop McCrea Curfman behind him, makes a tough play up the middle but Liberty ended up with an infield single.
Eddie Bignold shows his disappointment after lining out to end the game.
Catcher JT Hardy tags the runner, while Spartan pitcher Cole Pentin backs him up and thinks they got the runner. But the umpire called him safe.