Honkers take Memorial Day Tournament

The Northwest Honkers tarted the season off at the Memorial Day Tournament in Tri-Cities going 4-1 in the tournament and taking the championship.

In game one the Honkers defeated the Tri-Cities Orioles 21-3. The Honkers started off strong taking a 5-0 lead after the second inning and adding three and four respectively in the next two innings. The Honkers sealed the game with a nine run seventh inning. Third baseman Ethan Klosterboer went 3 for 4 for the Honkers with a double and one RBI. Second baseman Jordan Padilla and designated hitter Zach Zurbrugg each added a double for the Honkers with Zurbrugg driving in three. First baseman Cameron Padron drove in two for the Honkers with a triple. Honkers right handed pitcher Bobby Wassmann pitched three innings for the win.

In game two of the tournament the Honkers took a quick lead over the Seattle Ravens 7-0 in the first inning but were held quite for the next three innings. The Ravens answered back with five in the bottom of the fourth and taking the lead in the bottom of the seventh 10-8 driving in four. The Honkers battled back to tie up the game in the top of the eighth. In the top of the ninth the Honkers drove in the wining run and were able to hold off the Ravens to get the win. First baseman Padron had a double for the Honkers driving in two. Left handed pitcher Spencer Trautmann came in for 1.2 innings to get the win giving up only one hit and striking out four.

In game three and final game of pool play the Honkers were defeated by the Tri-Cities Pilots 9-7 in a battle through the nine. The Pilots took a strong lead putting up three in the top of the first but the Honkers answered with a run of their own in the bottom. The Honkers battled each inning but were unable to hold the Pilots from answering back to hold on to the win. First baseman Padron had a home run for the Honkers with a triple by short stop Will Hall and designated hitter Erik Peterson. Honkers left handed pitcher Jason Salers pitched four innings for the loss.

In the semi-finals the Honkers faced the Snoqualmie Valley Hurricanes. The Honkers put up five early in the first three innings and held the Hurricanes silent through the seventh. The Hurricanes battled back with three in the bottom of the eighth and one in the ninth but the Honkers were able to hold them off to get the win. First baseman Padron and third baseman Klosterboer each had a double for the Honkers. Honkers Jerome Byndloss pitched 6.1 innings for the win giving up just one hit and striking out three.

The Honkers faced the Tri-Cities Pilots again in the Championship game to try and get redemption from the loss in pool play. The Pilots took a 2-0 lead in the first few innings but were unable to keep the Honkers quite as they chipped away at a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Pilots were not going to go away quietly as they had the tying and winning run on base Honkers left handed pitcher Spencer Trautmann got a ground ball for an easy out to seal the win and get the championship for the Honkers. Honkers third baseman Peterson had a double for the Honkers and driving in four of the seven runs. Right handed pitcher Anthony Kast pitched six innings for the win.

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