Honkers start season off strong

The Northwest Honkers started the season strong with a tournament win at the Tri-Cities Memorial Day Tournament. The Honkers went 4-1 on the weekend to take it home.

In game one the Honkers defeated the Tri-City Slow Rollers 6-0 with Honkers starting pitcher Justin Ansdell on the mound for the win. Catcher Shane Stober had a home run for the Honkers with two RBI’s along with a triple from designated hitter Will Hall. Left fielder Jordan Tescher went 4-4 with a double for the Honkers.

In game two the Honkers faced the Bellevue Brewers losing 7-0 to go 1-1 on the first day. Honkers pitcher Jason Salers went 4.1 innings for the loss. Center fielder Jacob Zanon went 2-3 on the day with a .667 batting average.

In game three the Honkers defeated the Seattle Beatniks 19-0 to advance to the semi-finals. The Honkers put up five runs in each of the first three innings with home runs from second baseman Will Hall and center fielder Jacob Zanon and a triple from third baseman Danny Torlai. First baseman Cameron Padron had six RIB’s in the game followed by catcher Shane Stober with four each with a double for the Honkers. Starting pitcher Dirk Dembroski went three innings for the win.

In game four the Honkers defeated league opponent, Snoqualmie Valley Hurricanes, to advance to the championship. The Honkers trailed going into the seventh inning 3-2 before putting up five to go ahead 7-3 and adding two more in the eighth to win the game 9-3. Honkers Bobby Wassmann went six innings for the win. Third baseman Danny Torlai finished the game two for three with a home run two RBI’s on the night for the Honkers.

In the championship game the Honkers faced Bellevue Brewers, who defeated the Honkers in the pool play, winning 11-0 for the title. The Brewers stayed even with the Honkers going into the fifth until the Honkers bats came alive putting five runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and finishing with two in the eighth. Catcher Shane Stober had a double in the game for the Honkers. Driving in three each was center fielder Jacob Zanon and short stop Will Hall.


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