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Monday, May 13, 2013 - Page updated at 09:30 p.m.

Bainbridge beats O'Dea for Metro title, 14-6 | Baseball

By Kevin Dowd
Seattle Times staff reporter

After a regular season in which his Bainbridge baseball team finished fourth in its division, Duncan McCombs could be forgiven if he didn't see this coming.

The Spartans exploded for 14 runs in four innings and held off O'Dea during the final frames to beat the Irish 14-6 for the Metro League championship Saturday at Steve Cox Memorial Park.

"It feels fantastic," said McCombs, who went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs. "I never really thought we were going to do this."

All day, the Spartans' offense was driven by walks. In each of the first two innings, they loaded the bases without a hit; in all, Bainbridge batters drew 12 walks.

Catcher Sam Tiffany got the scoring started in the second inning with a bases-loaded double. The next batter, Trent Schulte, made the score 4-0 with a two-run single.

The Spartans scored six in the second inning, three in the fourth and five in the fifth. It was the culmination of a torrid tournament in which Bainbridge scored 35 runs in three games.

"We changed our approach at the plate," Bainbridge coach David Smart said. "Guys have become more patient and really been better hitters over the past week."

Bainbridge (13-10) and O'Dea (13-8) both advance to the Class 3A state tournament, which begins at regional sites next Saturday. Bainbridge travels to Mount Vernon, O'Dea to Centralia.

Ryan Houser pitched 5-2/3 innings to earn the win for Bainbridge despite few favors from his defense. The Spartans committed four errors.

Other game

West Seattle 2, Seattle Prep 1

Sam Hellinger gave the Wildcats the only runs they needed with a two-run homer in the sixth inning as West Seattle (18-5) edged the Panthers (17-7) to clinch a spot in the state tournament. Nate Richards allowed five hits over six innings for Seattle Prep, which plays Bellevue, the No. 2 KingCo finisher, in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

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