Honkers Split Doubleheader: Win G1 4-0 Behind Blaze Hasting, Drop G2 8-2

The Honkers looked to take one from the Seattle Studs, who they had previously met in the Kamloops International Tournament. It was a doubleheader of two sides, as the Honkers dominated game one and the Studs dominated the second game.

Game one was a game that featured utter dominance by the entire team, and was one of the most complete games the Honkers have played thus far. They not only hit the ball, they were clutch with two outs, and got a stellar pitching performance from Blaze Hastings. The top five batters for the Honkers had contributed with hits, and four of the top five had multi hit games. From the two hole, Jaden Yackley contributed with a two run homer, and raised his season batting average to .314. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Honkers and is taking advantage of the chances that he has been getting lately with a lot of the Honkers sidelined with injuries. Peter Dudinakis broke out of his slump with a 3-3 day at the plate, including a walk and an RBI. The offensive outburst however, came from Josh Snider, who collected in a hit in all of his at bats, going 4-4 with a double and RBI. He was crushing the ball, and raised his season average up to .286. The Honkers put the ball in play early, and in a seven inning game were able to outpace the Studs 14 to 2 in hits, and overall, just outhit them in the game. But starting pitcher Blaze Hasting made his contributions known with his best start of the year. Blaze threw a complete game shutout in the shortened seven inning game, as he struck out five to only three walks. He was able to get the Studs to put the ball in play and that resulted in lots of ground outs right to Honker infielders. He only surrendered two hits and the Honkers didn’t commit any errors in one of the cleanest game the Honkers had played all year, and wanting to take that into the second game fo the double header.

The second game was a different story however. The first inning was almost impossible for the Honkers to escape, as it featured six runs by the Studs, including batting around and six hits in the inning. Starter Nate Butcher was frustrated early but he stuck with it and was actually able to go another five innings, only giving up two runs in that span with two hits. Nate found his groove a little later on, but that first inning proved to be too much for the Honkers, as they felt they were down to early. The Honkers didn’t get much offensively either, as they only had four hits, and two of them coming from the leadoff man Brock Bueno.

Overall, the day was very split, but the Honkers are happy to split with the Studs and stay close to them within the standings. The Honkers have a doubleheader next against the Seattle Wallbangers, a team they have owned so far this season.


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