The changes that will take place this softball season in the
Metro League has been a long time coming.
The Mountain, Valley and Sound Divisions are now weighted, based
on teams’ finishes in the Metro tournament and predictions of their
success the next two years. The Mountain is the top division,
Valley is intermediate and Sound is the lowest. Mountain teams
include Bainbridge, Ballard, Holy Names, Seattle Prep and West
Seattle. Valley teams are Blanchet, Chief Sealth, Eastside
Catholic, Garfield, Nathan Hale and Roosevelt. The Sound teams are
Cleveland, Franklin, Ingraham, Lakeside and Rainier Beach.
Mountain teams will play a 14-game schedule, facing everyone in
their division twice and Valley teams once. Mountain teams will not
play the Sound division. Gone are the days of Bainbridge
softball putting a 15-0 wallop on Beach or a 19-1 pummeling on
Nathan Hale. Those games benefit no one and I’m glad to see that go
away as I’m sure both teams are as well.
Valley teams will play 15 league games (they play everyone once)
and Sound teams will play each other twice and Valley teams once
for a 14-game league schedule.
Teams in the Valley and Sound that have the highest division
record will move up another division, but will need to meet some
Head-to-head league record with the last-place team from the
Head-to-head in Metro tournament with the last-place team from
the higher division
Overall finish in Metro tournament with the last-place team
from the higher division
The changes toward weighted divisions also meant changes to the
league schedule. Here’s how that shapes up;
Teams will no longer play the same team back-to-back (Wednesday
Teams will face division competition once in the beginning of
the season and once at the end
Mountain and Sound will have room in their schedules to play 6
non-league games while Valley will have 5 non-league
Spring Break league games will be scheduled during their
respective breaks. This allows the league to start play later in
the season and continue without breaks. The breaks are March
30-April 3 (Bainbridge); April 6-10 (private schools) and April
13-17 (Seattle Public Schools)
Games will be played on Mondays and Tuesdays, leaving Wednesday
as a rainout day
And lastly, the all-important playoffs.
The Metro will play a 12-team league tournament. Top four teams
in Mountain will have the No. 1-4 seeds, Valley has 5-6th seeds
depending on their head-to-head record with the No. 5 Mountain
team. The 7-11 seeds will be awarded to the Valley teams based on
division standings while the 12th seed will be the top team from
the Sound. The Metro has nine berths to the SeaKing District
tournament and six berths from district to state in 2015 and five
berths in 2016.
The South Kitsap School District Athletics Department would like
to congratulate and welcome Mindi Outhwaite as the new head coach
Mindi Outhwaite played for the South Kitsap varsity fastpitch
team from 1996-1998. Following high school, she received
scholarships from Limestone College in South Carolina and Seattle
University. She played as starting pitcher for both schools and
completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Seattle
University. She served as coach for a 16U Sidewinder team and at
Mount Rainer High School.
“I have since been busy with my nursing career and enjoying time
with my husband and our three boys. I am very thankful for this
opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater. I’m looking
forward to a great season with the 2015 South Kitsap Fastpitch
team,” stated Outhwaite. “I believe the success of our team will be
based on preparation, teamwork and fun!”
Fastpitch is a spring sport open to all 9th – 12th grade girls,
sign-ups are in progress and try-outs will begin on March 2, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Office at
Superstitions might not be the norm in softball like it has
traditionally been in baseball, but that doesn’t mean coaches don’t
seek out whatever edge they can to give their teams a little extra
Bainbridge assistant coach Katie Leigh, an Olympic College and
Bainbridge grad, drew on some of her college days to give the
Spartans that edge.
Leigh created a “mental check-in board.” The board says Spartans
Fastpitch and has hooks for all players and coaches. Everyone has a
keychain, also created by Leigh, and when they are ready, or
“mentally ready to play” then they put their keychain on their name
on the board.
Leigh said when she was playing at OC, her coach had little
toilets instead of keychains “so if you made a mistake you could
“I couldn’t find the toilets, so I improvised and made them
little keychains with their numbers on it,” she said. “Once their
keychain is up on the board they’re mentally focused and it’s
something they can continually look at through the game and see
that not only are they checked in, but everyone else is checked in
The check-in board began with the Metro League tournament and
head coach Liz McCloskey thinks it’s something that will become a
tradition for the program.
The Bainbridge Spartans lost their opener to Ferndale 12-5, then
pulled it altogether to beat Liberty 5-0 in an elimination game on
Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey at the Class 3A
state softball tournament.
The Spartans spotted Ferndale 8-0 by the third inning, added
three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh but it wasn’t
enough. Against Liberty, Bainbridge pulled ahead with a four-run
third inning thanks to a 3-run triple by Riley Gregoire. Alison
Reichert pitched a complete game, scattering four hits in the
Bainbridge (17-6) will face another elimination game at 6 p.m.
against the loser of the 4 p.m. Enumclaw-University game.
UPDATE: Bainbridge lost to University 3-1 in its second
elimination game of the day. That ends the Spartans season at 17-7.
It’s the second straight year Bainbridge has lost to the Titans of
Spokane. Last year, University beat Bainbridge in the opening
round, then again in a loser-out game.
You can find all of them here.
In particular interest might be Bainbridge softball as it’s only
Kitsap softball team standing. You can see that bracket here.
The Spartans open with Ferndale at the Regional Athletic Center in
Lacey at 9 a.m.
Softball players and coaches wanted to play but the ever present
Puget Sound rain had other ideas.
All district tournaments, the Class 4A West Central/Southwest
Bi-District, and the 2A West Central District, were rained out
Friday at their respective venues.
The tournaments have been moved back to a Saturday-Sunday
schedule. All game times remain the same for the 4A tournament at
Kent Service Ballfields and the 2A tournament at Sprinker Rec
4A South Kitsap is scheduled to play Kentridge at 1 p.m. in
Kent. In 2A, Kingston plays Lindbergh at 10 a.m in a loser-out game
and Bremerton plays Steilacoom, also at 10 a.m. in a loser-out
North Mason athletic director and 2A district tournament manager
Mark Swofford said he and the West Central District were talking
about the possibility of rain causing a delay or postponement to
the tournament. Swofford said there are many factors as to why
teams do play on Sunday. That not always used to be the case.
“Part of the reason is you have teams from southwest Washington
getting a hotel room, then you bring them back for a Monday morning
… you just extend their stay,” he said.
The weather forecast is calling for the Puget Sound region on
Saturday is calling for 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 64