The Sideline

Lady Abes get walk-off win over Crusaders

Senior pitcher Maryssa Tippett hit two two-run homeruns and was 3-for-4 with five runs batted in, and Lincoln took a 10-9 walk-off win over Tacoma Baptist this afternoon at the SERA Athletic Fields.

Tied 9-9 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Abes’ Ashley Alexander and Sasheta Green drew walks, and Heidi Leeper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kayla Aronholt then stepped up and lined a pitch into center field to drive in Alexander, giving Lincoln its first win of the season.

Tippett had helped give the Abes a 7-3 lead with her first two-run homer – a blast to left center field – as part of a six-run second inning that also included run-scoring singles by Maryelle Montes and Adrina Patrick. But Tacoma Baptist responded to take a 9-7 lead with five runs in the fourth, as pitcher Jenny Brooks had a two-run single in the inning and Becca Cerka and Piper Havens followed with back-to-back run-scoring triples. But Tippett responded again in the bottom of the inning, drilling another pitch from Brooks into left center for her second homer to tie the game.

The Crusaders had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh when Havens led off with a single, Hannah Hagala followed with a walk and the duo advanced to second and third with just one out. But Tippett notched back-to-back strikeouts to escape the threat, leading to the dramatics in the bottom of the inning.

Drew Barker’s goal from 35 yards out in the 55th minute gave the Bellarmine Prep Lions the go-ahead goal, propelling them to a 3-1 win over the South Kitsap Wolves on Monday afternoon at Bellarmine Memorial Field.

The Lions dominated the play in the midfield, and also had great success with overlapping defenders for most of the evening against the Wolves.

Bellarmine coach Joe Waters noted that he is beginning to see some real signs of life in his young squad. “We’re really improving as a squad after some tough early losses against Gig Harbor and Central Kitsap,” he said.

Defensively, Bellarmine kept the South Kitsap attackers from penetrating the box and keeping the goal clear for the most part for keeper Jacob Hillyer. The Lions would get an insurance goal in the 68th minute when Brendan Hartley flew down the right side, cut back to the middle in the box and drilled the ball into the far left corner for a 3-1 lead to put the game away.

Bellarmine will travel to Stadium Bowl on Wednesday night to face their crosstown rivals, the Stadium Tigers, in a Narrows 4A battle before their spring break. Action then resumes on April 10, as the Lions will host the Gig Harbor Tides.

Missing a couple of key bats, Bellarmine Prep turned to freshman Alyssa McKiernan to provide some key offense today. McKiernan had a run-scoring single in the third inning and scored the winning run on Courtney Schwan’s single in the bottom of the sixth to help give the Lions a 2-1 win over Gig Harbor at home.

The Lions knew they were in for a challenge right off the bat, as they were missing senior shortstop Alexa Ostrander due to illness and senior first baseman Alex DeStephano to a knee injury. Furthermore, they were facing Tides’ ace pitcher Anna Hitt, who locked up with Schwan in a classic pitcher’s duel.

Hitt struck out the first four Bellarmine Prep batters, while Schwan added four strikeouts of her own in retiring the first 10 Gig Harbor hitters. The Lions had a good chance to score in the second inning with runners on second and third with two outs, but Hitt struck out Ashlynn Ota to escape the threat.

But McKiernan came through with two outs the following inning, singling to score Abby McDonald – who had walked – from second base. The Tides answered immediately in the top of the fourth, tying it 1-1 on Aubrey Lindberg’s single to score Anna Overland.

Hitt – who gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 – retired the next six batters in order, while Schwan ran into trouble in the top of the sixth. Megan Riggs led off with a single and Tess Parker followed by reaching on an error to put runners on second and third with no outs for the Tides. But Schwan retired Overland on a pop out and Corinne Luke on a line out, and escaped the inning by getting Hitt to ground out after intentionally walking Lindberg to load the bases.

McKiernan then walked with one out in the next inning, stole second based and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Schwan blooped a single over the shortstop to bring in the winning run.

The win puts the Lions at 2-1 in league play, as their overall record sits at 2-4.

Loggers complete sweep of Lutes

Starting pitcher Nathan Aguiar threw 5.2 innings of four-hit ball and relievers Steve Wagar and Lucas Stone threw 3.1 innings of shutout baseball to preserve a 6-3 win for the Puget Sound baseball team over PLU on Sunday afternoon, giving the Loggers a weekend sweep of the three-game series over their crosstown rivals.

The Loggers jumped to an early 6-0 lead after four innings behind two Lute errors that led to three unearned runs. The PLU bats, which were silenced by Aguiar’s no-hit bid through four innings, began to come to life in the fifth inning. A run-scoring single by Garrett Browne and a two-out, two-run single by Alec Beal cut the UPS lead in half at 6-3, but the Lutes would get no closer.

A key moment in the game came top of the sixth inning when with the bases loaded and nobody out for PLU, Wagar struck out three straight batters to get out of the inning unharmed.

With the win the Loggers improve to 9-13 on the season, 5-4 in Northwest League play. The Lutes drop to 13-9 overall, 6-6 in Northwest League play.

O’Keefe leads Wilson past Stadium

Brady O’Keefe scattered six hits over 5.2 innings and went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s as the Wilson Rams defeated the Stadium Tigers 8-3 in a non-league game Monday afternoon at Wilson Field.

O’Keefe, who didn’t have his best stuff working for him, found ways to get out of trouble early. But when he found his groove in the middle innings, the Wilson bats took charge with a four-run sixth inning to open up a 4-2 lead.

Ryder DeStunder did his part to keep Stadium close, surrendering a lone run in the first inning. That held up until the fifth when the Rams erupted for four runs to make it 8-2 and essentially wrap it up for Wilson.

Stadium had a chance to do damage in the top of the fifth with two outs and runners at first and second, but Rams reliever Evan Stout got Tyler Myers to fly out to Robbie Rhoads in center field to end the Stadium threat and preserve the 4-2 lead.

With the win the Rams improved to 2-1 on the year with a date at Bellarmine on Thursday afternoon. Stadium fell to 1-2 with the loss.

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