Here’s a look at first round games for the Class 4A, 3A, 2A and
1A WCD tournaments as well as 3A SeaKing.
Speaking of the SeaKing, let’s start there with Bainbridge
taking on Ballard in the district semifinal Thursday at Southwest
Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. The winner will play West
Seattle/Lake Washington winner Friday at 7 p.m. in the title
In the 3A West Central/Southwest, Central Kitsap (15-5) takes on
Sumner (6-11) Friday at noon at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.
At the 2A West Central at Sprinker, Kingston (8-6) takes on
Orting (14-5) at 10 a.m., Bremerton (5-11) faces White River
(19-1), also at 10 a.m., and Olympic (14-4) plays Lindbergh (8-11)
at noon. Port Angeles plays River Ridge and Sequim (13-5) faces
Steilacoom (9-10) at 10 a.m.
And in the 1A West Central, also at Sprinker, Klahowya (11-7) is
in a loser-out game against Cascade Christian at 6 p.m.
West Sound softball teams will be putting it all on the line
this week as they either vie for a playoff spot or will wrap
up seeds into the postseason.
A couple key games happen Tuesday in the Olympic League.
In 2A, Port Angeles, Sequim and Olympic are the top three seeds
but the final two spots are still up for grabs. Kingston (4-5),
Bremerton (4-6) and North Mason (3-8) are still alive with Kingston
taking on North Mason in Belfair. A win by the Buccaneers would
eliminate North Mason. Bremerton plays Olympic and still has a
shot at the fourth seed, as Kingston has two games left
against PA and Sequim.
In 1A, the league title will come down to Klahowya and Chimacum.
Both teams are 6-2. That game is in Chimacum. Coupeville has
wrapped up the third seed.
The South Kitsap Wolves play a loser-out game against
Timberline in the Narrows League 4A tourney Wednesday at the
RAC in Lacey. A win would put them into a seeding game
Central Kitsap has already locked up a playoff berth and will
either be the No. 1 or 2 seed to district in Narrows 3A.
Bainbridge opened the Metro League 3A tournament with a 12-0 win
over Roosevelt. The Spartans will play Tuesday against Ballard at 5
p.m. at SWAC for a shot to play in the championship game. The win
guaranteed them a berth to the SeaKing District.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s
Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a
significant change to the current two-year reclassification
The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from
every two years to every four years according to a press release
from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification
after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in
enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or
The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The
next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year.
That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.
The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with
high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete
who is invited to participate in a national championship event the
opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.
Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not
represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and
maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools
the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of
games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of
There’s something to be said about erasing mistakes. Especially
That happened more times than North Mason would care to admit,
but the Bulldogs have a way to release some frustration without
taking it out on each other.
Enter the plunger.
No, that’s not a nickname for a closer or a power-hitting
pinch-hitter, although I’m sure NM coach Rachael Joye would gladly
accept both. No, it really is a plunger. As in what you need to
unclog a plugged-up toilet.
Thankfully the plunger was never used for its intended purpose.
The plunger is painted Bulldog blue and the players keep it in the
dugout every game. When a mistake, whether it’s a mental error or
physical error that costs a run or more gray hairs for the coaching
staff and parents, the plunger is there.
Players will plunge away in the dugout in a symbolic act of
“flushing” the mistake and moving on to the next play or
“We have this (plunger) thing and if we make a mistake we flush
it,” freshman Corlissa Newman said. “No, it hasn’t been used. We
Junior catcher Hannah Peek said the idea behind the plunger
“When we get mad we flush it,” she said. “After every mistake,
you get all that (aggression) out and you’re ready for the next
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.