BHS coach earns 100th win against Kingston

Bainbridge baseball coach Geoff Brown picked up his 100th career victory as a high school coach with a 6-2 victory against Kingston March 19.

“It feels good,” Brown said. “It has been a thing I have been thinking about a bit but it is about the kids. It’s a testament to the teams I have had, and I feel lucky to get to that number.”

Brown began coaching at Ingraham High in 2017 and joined Bainbridge in 2019.

However, it didn’t look like Brown would capture his milestone win in the first few innings against the Buccaneers.

Starting Spartan pitcher Braden French walked Kingston’s Izaiah Reynolds and gave up a single to Peau Tameilau. Chayton Walker earned an RBI while grounding out as the Bucs took an early 1-0 lead.

The Spartans offense struggled early against Kingston pitcher Talon DeCoteau. But BHS had a two-out rally in the second inning. Talan Williams earned a single, AJ Larsen picked up an RBI double, and Trey Thompson smacked an RBI single for a 2-1 Spartan lead.

“We got the bats going in the middle of the game,” Brown said. “I know we can pitch and play defense but we just need that breakthrough hit.”

Kingston tied it in the bottom of the second when Walker knocked in Reynolds.

Bainbridge took over in the fourth.

“We put in our first pitcher to slow it down, and I think it threw them off guard,” Kingston coach Gerald Butler said. “A lot of it is continuing to throw strikes. [Peau] walked a guy, hit a guy, then they got a few hits barely out of guys’ reach.”

Spartans Wyndham Kochenash and McCrea Curfman picked up RBI singles and Will Rohrbacher earned a 2 RBI single.

Neither team scored after that, but Kingston had several chances.

“When we had opportunities to knock guys in, we didn’t,” Butler said. “We had the bases loaded in the final inning and a guy at third with less than two outs the inning before. Bainbridge is always a great team, and they don’t walk people so it was a competitive game.”

Spartan Toby Kessler attempts to make a play at the plate.

Spartan Toby Kessler attempts to make a play at the plate.

Buc Gavin Garner makes a throw to first base.

Buc Gavin Garner makes a throw to first base.