Honkers Take Game Two of Doubleheader in Offensive Outburst led by POG Chaz Lopez

The Honkers won game two of the doubleheader by a score of 8-2. The second game of the doubleheader was a much better sight for Honkers fans as the Honkers exploded offensively, as eight of the nine starters all reached base and featured many offensive stars. They were able to plate four runs in the first inning as the first six batters reached and they batted through the lineup.

Led by big extra base hits from Chaz Lopez and Logan Coe, the two continued to demolish Redmond pitching the entire night, as Logan Coe finished 2-4 with 3RBI’s and Chaz Lopez finished going 2-2 with two walks, two doubles, two RBI’s, and two stolen bases. This was a standout performance by Chaz and merited him with player of the game for his great all around play. In talking with Chaz, I got to know him a little bit better and we talked about how much pride he has been taking in his baserunning and is always looking to find ways to get better jumps. He has the right understanding of how to stay loose in a long day of baseball , as he actually pitched an inning in the first game, and was able to rebound by having a breakout performance in the second game. He also has been going with the mid calf stirrups that have been working out really well for him, and are a classic look. Chaz also claims that because his favorite type of food is Mexican cuisine, that any time he eats it he has an edge in his game, so watch out when Chaz gets some good food before next game.

The Honkers cruised to easy win in seven innings, and was a noticeable difference in the offensive production and amount of hard hit balls, chaos on the bases, and extra enthusiasm in the dugout. Another positive to take away from this game was the aggressiveness on the bases as seven swiped bags in the game were a season high. Speedy leadoff hitter Connor King continues to time get on base and run as soon as he can, as evident to his six stolen bases throughout this homestand.

The Honkers get some days off and then look forward to a trip to Vancouver BC, where they play in a fun annual tournament. Good luck to the boys and HONK HONK!!

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Honkers Drop Game One of the Double Header 5-3, Dominic Miller Still Strong as POG

The first game of the season played at Interlake high school was the first of a double header, and was one that the Honkers wish they could’ve had back. The team lost 5-3 in a 3 hour game that featured lots of walks given to the opposing team by Honker pitchers, and feature a slow offensive output for the Honkers. The Dudes jumped out early in the top of the second, with three runs off of starter Nate Butcher in that inning, and the command for Nate simply wasn’t there, as he wasn’t able to get out of the fourth inning as he walked six batters in that span. But the Honkers were still able to get back into the game by a opposite field home run by second baseman Kendall Yackley. That brought the score to 5-3 and it stayed locked at this score for the remainder of the game. Brock Bueno was also a standout in the game as he went 3-4, and benefited from being moved down in the lineup, as he seemed to be locked in and ambushing fastballs and spraying them all over the field.

The offense wasn’t able to produce much for the rest of the game but pitching standout Dominic Miller took over in the sixth inning and threw three dominant innings of relief. He topped out at 88mph and was using his fastball to attack hitters and setup his slider and changeup to leave hitters off balance. He struck out three and only gave up two hits in his work, and only had one walk which helped to limit all the chaos on the bases. In his post game interview, he pointed out that being a reliever causes him to always make his outings count, and to stay locked in while being loose at the same time is the key to his success. He also claims that staying loose is the key to doing well in doubleheader and pointed out that Zach Zurbrugg and Sean Nussbaum help to do this by being the funniest guys on the team, and always keep the dugout active and crazy.

The Honkers head to Canada next week for a tournament to British Columbia, and we look forward to keeping you updated. HONK HONK!!

Goldpanners Beat Honkers 7-1, Split Season Series as Connor King Swipes His Way to POG

It was a unusual day for the Honkers, as the Goldpanners bested them in the second game of the series. The game seemed to have an opposite script for the Goldpanners as they were continuously capitalizing with runners in scoring position with timely extra base hits. This was the story of the previous ballgame for the Honkers but nothing seemed to go in there way in this game. The Honkers even had a run taken off the scoreboard as speedster Connor King stole second base previously in the inning, then took third base and looked like he scored when the catcher overthrew the third baseman and the ball sailed into the outfield. But the umpires had a quick discussion and sent King back to second because apparently there was time called on the field before the play began.

Starting pitcher Josh Collet wasn’t able to fool many of the Goldpanners, although he did cruise with four strikeouts and topped out at 86mph. He however, couldn’t control the zone and that led to three walks, which all came around to score. On the other side of the ball, the Honkers still put together a good offensive showing, evident of 9 hits on the evening, but didn’t have much to show for it, as they left the bases loaded on multiple occasions. The bright spot in the lineup continues to be Peter Dudinakis, as his hitting doesn’t seem like it won’t be slowing down any time soon. He had another 2-4 day at the plate and drove in the only run for the Honkers all day long. He lifted his season batting average up to .485, and now is up to third in the conference in batting average. His hot start to the season has carried the Honkers offense thus far. The difference in the ballgame was definitely the timely hitting and extra base hits, as the HOnkers just couldn’t seem to get those timely hits and all nine of there hits on the day were singles.

The Honkers will look to write the ship tomorrow as they take on the Redmond Dudes for a doubleheader at Interlake High School, as they look to get back on track.

HONK HONK!!

Honkers Win Close One, Hold Off Late Rally from Goldpanners, SP Tanner take home POG

It was a very fast and smooth game for the Honkers until the 9th inning hit. A simple box score of a 4-3 final would not do this game justice as it was full of suspense in a stunning and exhilarating 9th inning that featured a late rally that wasn’t quite enough for the Goldpanners. The Goldpanners actually outhit the Honkers in this one, by 11 to 9, and it wasn’t always like that the entire game as the starter Tanner Braun was able to toss six scoreless innings while scattering six hits but was able to command the running game with his mixed up deliveries and pitches that kept the hitters off there toes when it counted the most. Braun was given POG for his game, and when talking to Braun after his strong outing he attested to his ability to limit the damage even though there was a fair amount of activity on the base paths as he said” “I knew that I didn’t have as much velocity on my fastball tonight but was able to control the run game by mitching up pitches and clutching up when I needed to”. This was a great sign for the Honkers, as they now have had two strong pitching outings to start off the home season.

The Honkers were able to get a run quickly in the first, courtesy of a two out knock by Peter Dudinakis, scoring Paul Bryniarksi, as the two again have carried the Honkers offensively thus far. The Honkers got another run in the third from Peter, as he stroked a hard single through the left side for his second RBI of the night. The Honkers scored another run that inning courtesy of a wild pitch from starter Drew Necochea. The Honkers got one more in the next inning from another wild pitch that scored Zach Zurbrugg. The middle of the lineup was constantly on base for the Honkers, as the 3-4-5 hitters went a combined 6-12 and with both RBI’s. The game then cruised along until the 9th inning where closer Austin Pesicka was able to escape with the save, but it came with lots of nervousness, as the game ended on a two strike, two out, bases load line out to first base with the tying and winning runs on base. A nice snag by first baseman Cameron Padron was a warming sight in the eyes of Honkers fans as they could finally relax in a very intense 9th inning.

The Honkers move to 2-0 at home this year and look to get a series sweep of the Goldpanners with a win tomorrow afternoon, as they host again at 12pm at Triton Field.

HONK HONK!!

Honkers Pounds the WallBangers, as Big Bats Come Alive In Edmonds and Dudinakis and Bryniarski Each Homer

It was a beautiful site to see as thunder and lighting struck about halfway through the game, but there wasn’t any type of weather that could’ve stopped the offensive explosion of the Honkers on Thursday night. There bats came alive to the tune of 13 hits and two home runs, courtesy of Paul Bryniarski and Peter Dudinakis. It was a game that featured lots of two out knocks and clutch hitting but got out of hand fairly early on but the Honkers continued to pour it on. On the other side of the ball, starter Keenhan Coyle tossed five scoreless innings, striking out seven and scattering two hits over those five innings. It was a very good day for Keenhan as he was able to pound the strike zone and throw his fastball for a strike whenever he needed. This really helped the Honkers stay offensive minded as they were always getting quick outs on the defensive side and extending at bats on the offensive side.

The player of the game for the first home game of the year goes to both Paul Bryniarski and Peter Dudiankis for there stellar days at the plate. Paul continued to cement himself as one of the best performers on the Honkers, as he went 2-5 with 2 rbi’s and one HR, which brought his total up to #2 on the year. Peter also went in on the power surge as he went 3-5 and cracked a HR, carrying his season average to a team leading .483 and 2HR. These two bats have done an excellent job cementing themselves as some of the best hitters on this talented Honkers team.

The Honkers move to 1-0 at home and look to continue that tomorrow night at Triton Field in Edmonds, where the Honkers host the Alaska Goldpanners from Fairbanks. WE hope to see you there and HONK HONK!!

Honkers Win Big, Start off 2019 with a BANG

The NW Honkers have started off the 2019 season by rattling off 7 wins in 8 games, as they prepare for the beginning of there two month stretch of games in league play.  After a successful tournament in Tri-Cities, the Honkers took two wins from the Victoria Mavericks, winning by scores of 8-1 and 12-4.

The Honkers were led by Kendall Yackley, Jordan Padilla and Cameron Padron offensively, as all have gotten off to sizzling starts. Jordan currently leads the team with a .462 batting average and a team leading 12 hits. Yackley and Padilla have both already homered this year as well, and will look to get the team more involved in there power surge. Another standout has been pitcher Tanner Braun, who has stifled batters thus far with a 0.90 ERA in in 10 innings pitched, and striking out 8 in that span.

The Honkers will look to continue there hot streak in Victoria with games against the Coalminers and Pilots before they head back to the States for the beginning of there homestand against the Wallbangers and Edmonds CC.

GO HONKERS and HONK HONK

2019 Schedule Released

The 2019 Honkers schedule is released and it is jammed packed with great opponents and tournaments!

The Honkers are also very sad to announce that this summer we will not be hosting our home games at Fall City Community Park. The Honkers are taking a summer and playing at multiple locations as we work to get a home field back in the Valley! All home games are in bold on the schedule so please do not the location as the Honkers will be hosting home games at Edmonds CC, Interlake HS, Sammamish HS and Newport HS.

The Honkers are looking forward to another great summer and a run to get back to the National Baseball Congress World Series! HONK HONK!!