Honkers prevail in the heat

by Garrett Gagnon, garrettwgagnon902@gmail.com

The Northwest Honkers faced off with the Highline Bears in Fall City on Tuesday. Sam Krapf tossed the first pitch of the ballgame around 5:30pm with the temperature at a sizzling 89 degrees. The heat threw Honkers personnel an off the field curveball as streaming equipment began to overheat in the Pacific Northwest sun. The regular play by play stream was unable to be broadcast and the Honkers are reviewing solutions for future hot summer games.

The Bears were baffled by Krapf for three innings before their bats came alive for 3 runs in the top of the fourth. That is all they could find off Mr. Krapf as he went six solid innings allowing just those 3 earned runs.

Wesley Faison had a nice day at the plate for the Honks going 2 for 3 with a walk. His 2-RBI double in the first gave the Honkers an early lead and he later scored following a third inning single. Paul Bryniarski, John Wuthrich, and Ethan Lincecum contributed two hits each in the game and to the four runs the Honkers scored all before the fourth inning.

On the pitchers mound Spencer Troutman and Garrett Gagnon combined for scoreless 7th and 8th innings before Stuart Maes came on for the 9th inning, still a 4-3 ballgame with the Honkers in the lead. An error and double to start the 9th put men on first and third for the Bears and put Honkers fans on the edge of their seats. They relaxed as Stuart Maes locked in on the bump and retired the next three Bears batters in succession. A ground out to first, a swinging strike out, and a ground out to second ended things from Fall City and gave Maes his first save of the summer.

The Honkers improved their record to 5-11 with another in league win over the Bears. The Honkers will take the field in Everett at 7:05 on Wednesday taking on the Everett Merchants, another very meaningful PIL matchup. Honk Honk!

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