Queen Anne Little League

Bridgeman vaults Metropolitan Market on top

April 3 -
It is the stuff of which Little League dreams are made: Season opener. The score knotted 5-5 at the bottom of the sixth inning, with two outs. The mighty Max Bridgeman shoulders the bat for Metropolitan Market. Bases are loaded, and Bridgeman is one strike down. Ken's Market closer Jordan Sweeney hurls a fastball low and outside. Bridgeman plants his feet and connects; the ball, sailing high and long, screams towards left field ... and drops over the fence for an outside-the-park grand salami! Bye-bye baseball; hello majors season. Met Market 8, Ken's 4.

Submitted by Mary Cropp

Visiting Masons outlast 5 Spot

April 14 -
5 Spot suffered its first defeat of the young season against the Masons from the Northwest Seattle Little League on a cool and overcast Saturday morning. With four team members missing due to spring vacation schedules, 5 Spot had to borrow a player from another team and had its work cut out against the Masons. 5 Spot nevertheless had some shining moments, beginning with defense. Jack Makin made a difficult catch in foul territory off first base, and Sam Meier caught a ball in left field. Jack Roger turned in the web gem of the day when he fielded a hard grounder to short, quickly ran the ball to second, stepped on the base and fired the ball to first baseman Makin for an inning-ending double-play. Offensive highlights included a perfect bunt laid down by Spencer Buckley, a two-RBI hit by Andrew Roger and another RBI hit by Andrew's brother Jack. 5 Spot used multiple pitchers in the game, with Buckley, both of the Roger boys and Cameron Young all taking turns.

5 Spot bats come alive to beat Video Isle

April 17 -
Sunny but brisk weather greeted the players from 5 Spot and Video Isle on Tuesday night. A tight game knotted at 1-1 was broken up in the bottom of the fifth, when 5 Spot batted around and scored eight runs. Jack Roger turned in a typically strong pitching performance, exhibiting superb control through the third inning, when Thadeus Tapper came in to relieve him. Tapper showed some moxie working out of several jams and was relieved in the sixth by Andrew Roger, who got the final out. Outstanding defense helped the 5 Spotters, including a strong throw by catcher Ian Peterson to gun down a runner at second, and strong infield defense from Spencer Buckley (who also made a nice catch in the outfield), Jack Roger and Peterson. The hits and runs came from virtually the whole team, with Jack Noland getting a bunt hit and stealing multiple bases, including home. Sam Meier and Jack Roger both had two-RBI hits in the crucial fifth. Daniel Orse had a strong game, including an RBI hit in the fifth (he was also robbed of another hit by the Video Isle third baseman, who caught his liner). 5 Spot improved its league record to 3-0.

Submitted by Jon Meier

Buckley's serves Jan Slawson Pickles 11-4 loss

Buckley's came away victorious in a first battle between the two Queen Anne Majors-level softball teams.

The Jan Slawson team started out strong with four runs in the first, including a hard double by Michaela Foote. Kelsey Overbey made a fantastic catch on a fly ball to left field.

The game soured for the Pickles in the fourth and fifth innings when Buckley's scored seven runs, including a home run by Alex Wilson. Buckley's crack pitching and defense kept the Pickles scoreless after the first inning, including key infield plays by McKinley Kellogg, Paige Garratt, Kate Adler, Overbey and a diving tag at the plate by Wilson.

Buckley's pitchers, Katy Wicks, Adler and Rachel Livengood allowed only three walks in six innings of play.

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