Honkers Win One of Three in Kamloops Tournament, Strong Tournament Performance for the Yackley Brothers

The Honkers had a blast at the 46th Annual Kamloops International Fourth of July Tournament, where they faced some familiar foes and others from all over the state. The Honkers started off the tournament with a game against the Seattle Studs, a game in which the Studs hit there way to a 14-5 win in the first morning game of the tournament. It was an awakening for the Honkers, as they were hit right out of the gate with five runs from the Studs in the first three innings. Starter Josh Snider surrendered 13 hits in six innings, as the Honkers couldn’t get much going for themselves on offense. The offense was summed up by a two hit game from catcher Zach Zurbrugg, and hits apiece for both the Yackley brothers. Jordan Padilla also collected a hit, and raised his season average to .344. The starter for the Studs was able to go seven strong innings and keep the Honkers bats tamed for the first game of the tournament.

The second game of the tournament was a different story for the Honkers, as they were able to bring home an 8-2 win over the hometown Kamloops Sun Devils. This was a shortened seven inning game, as it was the first of a doubleheader for both teams, and needing both wins to advance to the semifinals. The Honkers didn’t play the cleanest game, but benefited and took advantage of six Sun Devil errors that led to eight runs being scored for the Honkers. The starter for the Sun Devils actually struck out nine in all seven innings, and only three of the eight runs that he gave up were actually earned, but he was still handed the loss. Honkers starter Blaze Hastings, threw a dominant 5.1 innings, only giving up one run, and striking out seven, however his control wasn’t there as he also walked a season high eight batters, but was able to control the damage and limit those walks from coming home and scoring. Offensively, it was another strong outing from the second baseman Jordan Padilla, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored. His partner up the middle also had himself a good night, as Kendall Yackley also collected two hits and scored twice. Austin Pascicka was able to close it out and give the Honkers there chance to advance to the semifinals with a game against the Calgary Dinos.

The next game of the night against the Dinos was a tough one to swallow for the Honkers, as they were edged out by 8-7. The Honkers had a 5-1 lead through five innings, but were not able to hold on for the win. The Honkers provided some good offense in this one however, courtesy of Brock Bueno, who had three hits, and three RBI’s, including a three run triple. The Honkers had a good start from Nate Butcher, who found the zone today with six strikeouts in five innings of work, and only giving up two runs in those innings. Even McKay and Austin Pascika were not able to hold the fort down. The Honkers were able to fight back and put up runs in the sixth and seventh but it wasn’t enough to stop the Dinos. The Honkers have enjoyed some great baseball and tournament play this season, and even though they didn’t make it to the semifinals, they had a blast.

Next up, the Honkers will be back to league play with the Cowlitz Black Bears on Tuesday, HONK! HONK!

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