Honkers finish season strong, second at tournament

The Northwest Honkers finished up the season this past weekend at the Skagit Valley Tournament in Mount Vernon taking second to the Seattle Studs. In game one of the tournament Honkers Tanner Braun pitched six innings for the win giving up only four hits with Spencer Trautmann in relief and Jeff Wyner in to close for the save.  Short stop Erik Peterson and left fielder Dalton Gervais each had a double for the Honkers and both drove in two in the game. The Honkers were leading 1-0 until the bats came alive and drove in five in the bottom of the fifth winning 6-3 over the Laces White team.

In game two the Honkers defeated the Northwest Star Academy 9-6. The Honkers jumped ahead in the top of the second 3-1 but allowed the Star Academy to put up four in the bottom of the second. The Honkers tied it up in the top of the fourth and jumped ahead 7-5 in the top of the fifth driving in two more and sealing the deal by driving in a run each in the last few innings to take the win. Honkers Justin Ansdell started the game with Spencer Trautmann in relief and Oliver Wange in to close for the win, striking out three. Second baseman Jordan Padilla had a double in the game driving in two for the Honkers.

In the first playoff game the Honkers faced the SVYAA Hurricanes winning 7-2 to head into the championship game. The Honkers jumped out into a quick lead, 5-0 after the third and sealed the deal with two more runs in the seventh. Honkers Jason Salers pitched all seven innings for the win and striking out 13 hitters. Short stop Peterson, center fielder Gervais, third baseman Brandon Dormaier and left fielder Andrew Cherin each had a double in the game for the Honkers and each drove in one. Right fielder Cameron Padron drove in two for the Honkers.

The Honkers then faced the Seattle Studs in the Championship game but could not hold the Studs or get the bats going dropping the game 9-0 in the last game of the season. Honkers Bobby Wassmann pitched 2.2 innings for the loss with Bobby Jackson, Justin Ansdell and Jeff Wyner in relief. Catcher Jesse Bechtold went 2 for 3 in the game.

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