The Spartans’ Ellen Owen gets set to jet from third base with teammate Lillian McDonald at the plate. Owen scored on McDonald’s two-out single against Nathan Hale. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

The Spartans’ Ellen Owen gets set to jet from third base with teammate Lillian McDonald at the plate. Owen scored on McDonald’s two-out single against Nathan Hale. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

Spartans hold on for fastpitch win

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:08am
  • Sports

Bainbridge outlasted Nathan Hale in girls varsity fastpitch softball at home.

Bainbridge built a 5-0 lead through the fifth inning, then held off a Nathan Hale rally to win by two, 6-4.

The Spartans struck quickly in the first inning when lead-off hitter Ruby Raymundo hit the first pitch she saw over the fence to give Bainbridge a 1-0 lead. A walk, a single and another walk loaded the bases no outs. A ground out by Grace Colburn brought in a run, followed by a two-out single by Ellen Owen closed out the scoring, giving the Spartans a 3-0 lead after an inning.

Bainbridge added a run in the third when Owen was hit by a pitch, Caroline Michaels singled, and Lillian McDonald delivered a two-out single to bring Owen home for a 4-0 lead.

A double by Malia Peato (her second of three on the day), a Nathan Hale error and an RBI ground out by Colburn made the score 5-0 after four innings.

Nathan Hale rallied for three runs in the sixth on two walks and three singles.

Bainbridge added an important insurance run in the bottom half of the sixth when Peato again doubled and Colburn drove in her third run with a triple into the right field corner.

The Spartans hung on in the seventh. A one-out walk and two singles brought in a run. After a strikeout, a hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Miranda Grogger recorded the last out on a full count strikeout to save the game.

Peato picked up the win in the circle, improving her record to 4-3. Grogger earned her first save in Mariner-esque fashion; getting in a jam, then working out of it by striking out a pair of batters with runners in scoring position.

Bainbridge’s record improved to 5-3 with the win (5-2 Metro League).

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