The Sideline

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 This Week's Paper

With a late surge in the second quarter, Ballard took control and maintained it through the second half to top Stadium 10-5 in the Division II High School Lacrosse playoffs last night at Stadium Bowl.

The Beavers got on the board first when Josh Schwartzenberger took a pass from behind the goal and slammed in a point-blank shot with 9:43 left in the first quarter. The Tigers’ Noah Leonard equalized four minutes later, moving left past a defender and scoring from 25 yards out. Jacob Marks regained the lead for Ballard with a nifty spinning goal with three minutes left in the first.

The Tigers threatened early in the second, but were unable to strike against a tough Ballard defense. Aaron Park finally equalized midway through the period for Stadium, skipping a shot past Beavers keeper Alex James from 15 yards out. But Schwarzenberger struck twice in the final four minutes for Ballard, and Thomas Christensen added a goal with 1:40 left to make it 5-2 at the half.

The Tigers looked to get back in the game quickly in the third quarter when Harry Dillman threw in a shot from a tough angle on the right side just 11 seconds into the period. But Kyle Garrity regained control for Ballard by scoring just over a minute later, and John DeGarmo added his second goal for the Beavers to make it 7-3 with 7:38 left in the third. Brendan Raschke and Park again responded for Stadium with goals to cut it to 7-5 at the end of the third, but Ballard rattled off two early goals in the fourth to put it away.

The Tigers finish the season with a 10-2-1 overall record, having beaten Lynden 12-7 in their playoff opener on May 17.

Winning their second straight loser-out contest, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the 4A state softball tournament with a 10-4 win this afternoon over Gig Harbor at Sprinker Rec Center.

After Gig Harbor got on the board on Anna Overland’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first, the Lions exploded for five runs in the second inning, capped by a two-run single from Courtney Schwan to make it 5-2. Audrey Lindberg answered in the bottom half with a two-run single for the Tides to cut it to 5-4, but Bellarmine Prep starter Rachel Barcena then retired 14 batters in a row.

The Lions’ offense put the game away with four runs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-4, as Schwan and Alex DeStephano had run-scoring singles in the frame. Bellarmine second baseman Becca Sorensen was also an offensive key for the Lions, drawing three bases-loaded walks in the game to plate three runs. Barcena finished by allowing the four runs on four hits, with three walks and 12 strikeouts. The Lions were to face South Kitsap at 5 p.m. in a game to determine seeding to the state tournament.

Wilson, meanwhile, fell short of the state tournament as they lost 3-2 to Peninsula in their morning game and were topped 5-0 by Bonney Lake later in a loser-out contest.

The Rams managed just three hits off Bonney Lake starter Melissa Charron, getting a runner in scoring position just twice in the contest. The Panthers got on the board on Maddi Adams’ two-run double in the bottom of the first, and Bailey Ahern added a two-run double in the third to make it 4-0. Wilson’s best chance to score came when Darian Grimm crushed a ball to left center to lead off the fourth, but the ball hit midway up the fence, and Grimm was stranded at second after settling for a double.

The weather wreaked havoc on the district softball tournament at Sprinker Rec Center this weekend, postponing games on Friday and Saturday and forcing a full day’s worth of action today.

Bellarmine Prep’s second-round, loser-out game versus Battle Ground, which began on Friday at 4 p.m., was set to resume again – after the teams played just over two innings on Saturday morning – this morning at 10 a.m. The Lions had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh, and had allowed a walk to lead off the bottom half as they looked to close it out. Should they win the Lions would face league foe Gig Harbor at 1 p.m. in a winner-to-state contest. Bellarmine has a 2-1 record versus Gig Harbor this season, with all the games being decided by one run.

Wilson, meanwhile, was scheduled to resume their game against Peninsula at 11 a.m. this morning. The Rams and Seahawks had played one inning of their game on Saturday morning, and were tied 0-0 heading into the second when play was halted. If the Rams win they would move on to the semifinals at 3 p.m. this afternoon against the winner between Kelso and Bonney Lake. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. tonight. Should Wilson lose their opener against Peninsula, they would play again at 1 p.m. in a loser-out, winner-to-state contest.

3A bracket here:

4A bracket here:

Kentlake used a four-run third inning to take control, and outlasted Bellarmine Prep 6-3 in the Lions' district opener this morning at Sprinker Recreation Center.

Starting pitcher Leilei Robinson got the Falcons on the board with a two-run single in the third off Bellarmine starter Courtney Schwan. Regan Rudisill followed with a run-scoring groundout, and Crystal Knight's single to score Robinson made it 4-0. The Falcons made it 6-0 in the fourth on Kellie Nielsen's two-run triple to left center.

The Lions finally got on the board in the fifth when Rachel Sorensen reached on a one-out walk and came around to score on a single by Alexa Ostrander.

Rachel Barcena came on to relieve Schwan in the sixth, escaping a bases-loaded threat with no outs by striking out three batters in a row. Schwan and Barcena combined for 14 strikeouts in the game.

Barcena then drilled a triple to left center to score Alex DeStephano in the sixth and scored on a single by Ashlynn Ota to cut it to 6-3. But the Lions could get no closer, as they face a loser-out matchup this afternoon at 4 p.m. against the loser between Battle Ground and Emerald Ridge.

Bellarmine Prep and Wilson are ready to hit the field for the start of the 4A and 3A Bi-District softball tournaments, which begin on Friday morning at Sprinker Recreation Center in Parkland.

Bellarmine earned the Narrows 4A number-two seed to districts, and will face Kentlake – the seventh seed from the SPSL – at 10 a.m. in the opening round. Should they win, they would play the winner between Emerald Ridge and Battle Ground at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. If they lose they would play the loser between those two teams at 4 p.m. in a loser-out game. For updates on the 4A bracket go here:

Wilson, meanwhile, earned the Narrows 3A top seed to districts after beating North Thurston last Friday in the league championship game. That earned the Rams an important bye into the second round of the district tournament, where they need just one win to be assured of a spot at the state tournament. They will face the winner between Peninsula and Mountain View on Friday at 6 p.m. If they win they would play in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. against either Bonney Lake, Kelso or Shelton. Should they lose they would also play on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a loser-out game. For updates on the 3A bracket go here:

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