Honkers Drop One Against Black Bears 9-7, Standout Performance from Chaz Lopez

The Honkers were able to put up seven plus runs in there third consecutive game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the high powered offense of the Cowlitz Black Bears. The Honkers put together 10 hits and put together runs early and late behind stellar performances from Jordan Padilla and Logan Coe. Jordan was able to constantly put himself on base the entire game and set himself up to score, as he went 4-5 and scored three of the Honkers seven runs scored. Slugger Logan Coe was able to come up big with clutch hits as well as he went 2-4 and got the scoring started in this one with a two run single in the second inning. Chaz Lopez was the real standout in this game for the Honkers, as he was able to do a little bit of everything, reaching all four plate appearances and going 2-2 with two walks, three RBI’s, and two runs scored. Chaz had a big two run double to tie the game in the seventh inning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the Honkers to come out on top.

Starter Sean Nussbaum only went four innings and gave up six runs, but only two of them were earned. Then, Austin Pasicka came in for two dominant innings to preserve the lead for the Honkers before they turned it over to head coach Martin Lawrence, who came into pitch, and couldn’t get the job done. He was charged with three earned runs and that was enough for the Black Bears to edge out the Honkers.

The Honkers look to get back to business against the Yakima Valley Pippens tommorow night.

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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!

Honkers Prepare for Kamloops International, Schedule Released for 4th of July Weekend

The Honkers are prepared for there weekend tournament at Norbrock Stadium in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Here is the weekend schedule for the Honkers and the draw of the tournament. Good luck to the boys in neon green and HONK!HONK!

Two pools of 4 teams – Top 2 teams from each pool advance to Playoffs.

Home Team will be decided by coin toss.

Pool A– Kamloops Sun Devils, Northwest Honkers, Calgary Dino’s, Seattle Studs

Pool B- Everett Merchants, Alaska Goldpanners, Edmonton Cubs, Coquitlam Angels

Thursday, July 4

Game 1:           8:30 AM                   Seattle Studs vs Northwest Honkers

 

Friday, July 5

Game 8:          7:00 PM                    Kamloops Sun Devils vs Northwest Honkers

 

Saturday, July 6

Game 10:       12:00 PM                    Northwest Honkers vs Calgary Dino’s

 

Sunday, July 10 – Playoff’s Semi Finals

Game 13:    9:00 PM                     A1 vs B2

Game 14:    12:00 AM                  A2 vs B1

FINAL

Game 15:      3:00 PM                       Winner Game 13 vs Winner Game 14

 

Honkers Place Fifth in the Grand Forks International Tournament, Win Two out of Five Games

The Honkers went into the Grand Forks tournament on a roll and they were able to come out tied for 5th in the tourney.

It started off with a loss to the conference Kirkland Merchants by a score of 7-4. The offense had 9 hits and saw a great performance from standout Chaz Lopez, who homered and saw six Honker starters record hits throughout the game. On the pitching side, Josh Snider struggled to get through five innings, as he have up 6 earned runs on 9 hits.

The next game was against the San Francisco Seals where the Honkers edged one out by a score of 4-3. The Honkers benefited from  a clutch three run double from Cameron Padron, who continues to clutch up in big spots. Jesse Bechtold and Josh Snider also were solid at the plate, as they both collected two hits apiece. On the pitching side of things, Sean Nussbaum tossed seven beautiful innings, as he only have up three hits and one earned run while striking out three seal batters. Austin Pascika then came in and closed it out for the Honkers, and gave the Honkers there first win of the tournament.

The next game for the Honkers was against Alaska Goldpanners, the team in which they had split the season series earlier on in the year. The Goldpanners were able edge one out against the Honkers, even though the Honkers actually outhit the Goldpanners. The Honkers put together twelve hits, and had many standout performances in a very good offensive showing. The Honkers got multi hit games from Chaz Lopez, Brock Bueno, and Jordan Padilla and six starters were able to collect hits in the game, and some more clutch hitting with two outs and running in scoring position proved to help the Honkers score runs throughout the game. On the defensive side of ball, one error proved to be costly for the Honkers, as starter Blaze Hastings gave up seven runs in three innings, but only four of them being earned because of the error. However, reliever Warren Utschinski was able to get through five innings of work and dominate, only giving up one run, however it wasn’t enough for the Honkers to come back

The next game for the Honkers saw the Honkers win a close one in fashion by a score of 3-2 against the Houston Westchase Express. The Honkers were able to outpitch the Express in a seven inning shortened game, as they were able to get there runs early on and pitch there way to a win. Tanner Braun was excellent again in the start, as he only gave up on run through 3.1 innings, and was relieved by Dominic Miller who pitched two scoreless innings and was rewarded with the win. Then closer Austin Pasicka was able to come in and shut the door on the Express, as he recorded the save. The Honkers got on the board in the first inning from a Cameron Padron single and a Peter Dudinakis sacrifice fly. The Honkers were able to push another run across in the sixth inning to secure there 3-1 win.

The Honkers lost there final game against the Reno Astros in a 9-8 offensive shootout. The game featured a combination of 19 hits, and once again the Honkers outhit there opponent in a loss. This was also a sloppy defensive game for both teams, as six combined errors were a tournament high. The Honkers truly spread the offense out, as SEVEN different players were able record RBI’s in the game. This was a season high for the Honkers and a compliment to how many great players the Honkers have, and that a new star can step up in every single game. Even Connor King, who didn’t collect a hit, was on base three time via walks, and was able to come around and score twice. Logan Coe, Kendall Yackley, and Brock Bueno were all able to collect multi hit games and were putting together nice at bats the entire game. On the pitching side of things, starter Nate Butcher was effective, but didn’t get much help from his defense in 5.1 innings pitched. He surrendered two runs and five hits while striking out three. Austin Pasicka wasn’t able to close it out for the Honkers, as the Astros were able to win it in the ninth.

All together it was a great experience for the Honkers and they always enjoy there trip to Grand Forks. It was a successful tournament for the Honkers and they look forward to playing again next year. Stay updated for the all tournament team to be released shortly.

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Honkers Shutout by Merchants 3-0 in 1 hit performance by Merchant Pitching

It was a very low scoring affair in this game against the Everett Merchants, where six scattered hits was enough to beat the Honkers on a day where not much offense was going to be enough in this one. An early single by lefty Cameron Padron was the only hit that the Honkers would have the entire night, as the Merchant pitching was very effective all game. There was a lot of fooled batters in this one for the Honkers, as evident by the five strikeouts but the pitchers did a great job of getting the Honkers to put the ball in play, and the fielders seemed to make every play that was hit to them.

The Honkers offense was not at its best tonight, but Tanner Braun was still able to deliver with another quality start. It wasn’t Tanner’s best performance  of the year, but he was still very effective in six innings of work only giving up three runs and striking out five and only walking two. Even with the start, Tanner’s ERA still sits sub two at 1.82, which paces the team. Closer Austin Pascika was also very effective in relief, as he threw three scoreless innings, and almost faced the minimum nine batters in three innings of work.

This was the right direction for the pitching, but if the Honkers can figure out their spotty offense, then they will be back to there winning ways. Good luck to the Honkers in there tournament in Grand Forks.

HONK!HONK!

Honkers Outburst in Game 2 and Win Big 15-2 Behind Huge Day from Kendall Yackley and Tanner Hardy

It was a great bounce back for the Honkers, as they were able to get the offensive outburst that they were hoping for in game two of the doubleheader. The Honkers exploded for 15 runs in the game, plating 3 quick runs in the first. This came from a Connor King single that scored Tanner Hardy, an RBI single by Kendall Yackley, and an RBI single from brother Jaden Yackley. This just got the ball rolling, and then in the fourth, Tanner Hardy drove in two with a two run double. The runs kept coming in the fifth inning when Kendall Yackley got the pitch that he was looking for and drove it over the fence for a home run. Then another single by Braydon Torres-Moore expanded the score to 8-0. Then all hell broke loose in the seventh inning when Benjamin David got the inning going by drawing a bases clearing walk and then Jesse Bechtold followed with another bases loaded walk. Then Tanner Hardy followed with an RBI single to keep the train moving, and then Connor King broke the inning open with a two run double. Then Kendall Yackley kept the inning moving with an RBI single of his own, and Cameron Padron had an RBI ground out that finally ended the inning. This seven run inning was the biggest output in one inning the entire year for the Honkers and was the 15 runs on the game was the biggest output thus far.

Slugger Kendal Yackley continues to rake this year, and has raised his conference play average to .417 paces the team and his three home runs also lead the team. Tanner Hardy was another standout, as his average has climbed to .429 in league play and has shown his ability to hit with power, hit for average, and run the bases very effectively while playing a solid outfield. The Honker offense has continued to get solid production from these two and it showed off in these games today.

On the pitching side of the ball,  Dominic Miller turned in a great start with five solid innings, and only giving up 3 hits and one earned run. He also struck out four and was able to be very effective early on. The rest of the relief core was excellent for the Honkers, producing four scoreless innings, striking out six and only givng up two hits.

The Honkers ended the doubleheader on an great note and they look to keep it going against the Everett Merchants.

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Sun Devils beat Honkers in Game One of Doubleheader 3-1: Logan Coe Strong Again

The Honkers got there doubleheader underway at Sammamish High School against the Sun Devils, and it was a pitching duel to the end, as start Warren Utschinski was able to throw a solid five innings, and only give up two runs, while striking out two and limiting the damage on the base paths, as he walked five batter but was able to escape without letting many of those runners come across to score. It was a very offensive short game, which has seemed to be typical in the seven inning shortened games of a double header. The four hits for the Honkers were spread out, and came from Peter Dudinakis, Logan Coe, and Tanner Hardy. Catcher Logan Coe has continued to be impressive in his time behind the plate, and has proven to be an offensive force thus far, as he went 2-2 and furthered his average to .310. This was the highlight of the Honkers offense through the shortened seven innings, as they weren’t able to do much with those hits, and couldn’t produce

The Honkers will look to get the offense going in the second game of this doubleheader at Sammamish High School.

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Honkers Crush Bears 10-0 Behind Complete Game from Blaze Hastings

It was a great game on all sides of the ball for the Honkers on Friday night, as they were able to put together an offensive outburst, backed by the best Honker pitching performance of the year in Blaze Hastings. The Honker offense was able to produce 11 hits in the win, backed by multi hit performances from Kendall Yackley, Cameron Padron, Zach Zurbrugg, and Chaz Lopez. It was once again another strong offensive outburst from Chaz Lopez, as the only thing missing in his quest for the cycle was a home run. The Honkers didn’t get there first run until the third inning, when Cameron Padron roped a single to score the Braydon Torres-Moore. Jordan Padilla was able to bring home two runners in the fifth with a clutch single, and then the Honkers were also able to push home two runs in the sixth via the walk and a hit by pitch with the bases loaded. Then the offense began to explode, as they were able to plate five in the top of the 9th, and was highlighted by a bases clearing three run triple by Chaz Lopez. This was a great sight for the Honkers, and another solid day at the plate for Kendall Yackley kept his conference batting average at a high .409.

The most positive sight coming from this game was the absolute dominant performance from Blaze Hastings. He was absolute masterful in this one, throwing a complete game shutout , which featured 14 strikeouts, and only four hits given up. He was brilliant to say the least, and this was evident from the get go, as he struck out five consecutive batters over this first two innings, which showed that he was pumped up early on. He only continued to get better, and only allowed one runner to reach third base the entire game, and only gave up multiple hits in the same inning only once. Blaze was able to drop his season ERA to 2.70, which was a great sight to see.

The Honkers have an upcoming doubleheader on Saturday against the Kamloops Sun Devils.

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Honkers Fall to Bears 5-2 in Shortened Game: Lefty Cameron Padron Shines

The Honkers fell in a shortened game to the Highline Bears in a conference against the Highline Bears on Thursday evening. It was a game that saw the Honkers get out to an early lead in the first inning, as Cameron Padron drove in two in the first inning to put the Honkers on top. The Bears were then able to get one back  in the second with a single from the six hitter Cody Chavis. The Bears were then able to take the lead in the fourth when starter Nate Butcher seemed to lose command a little bit, which led to multiple runs being scored in the fourth inning. Nate Butcher was the starter and he once again was able to use his dominant stuff to strike batters out, but he also struggled with his location and walked seven batters. He gave up eight hits and five earned runs through all eight innings, and was able to get through eight innings, and settled in quite well in the later innings.

On the offensive side of the ball, it was an average day for the Honkers as they racked up six hits in eight innings. They were carried by first basemen Cameron Padron, who racked up a couple hits, and brought up his average in conference play to .300. With a long frame, Padron has been able to use that length to his advantage, and has been able to spray the ball to all sides of the field.

The Honkers will take on the Bears Friday night and look to bounce back.

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Honkers Finish Tournament on Low Note, Lose 7-2 but Bats Wake up in Loss

The Honkers weren’t able to finish the tournament with a win, but none the less they were able to walk away playing some good baseball that saw them once again out hit another team in a loss, which has become a sort of trend for the Honkers as of late. There was never any doubt that the bats were going to start rolling, and although they weren’t scorching, they were able to do some damage, but still left eight runners on base which proved to be costly.

The Honkers once struggled to hold the opponents in the first inning, as almost every game here in this tournament the other team was able to come out and take a lead early on. The same instance happened here for typical relief pitcher Dominic Miller as he was put into a starting situation and wasn’t able to get out of the first without giving up four runs, as saw that total climb to six by the end of four innings. His command got away from him, as he walked five batter and there was too much chaos on the bases for Miller. He will look to go back to his relief role, where he normally excels in. Warren Utchinski was able to put together another strong relief performance, as his tall frame has helped him contrl the zone and pitch down onto the hitter with force. He struck out four in only two innings to help keep the Bulldogs at bay in the later innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.50 and the Honkers are lucky to have picked him up.

The Honkers head back home where they look to take on the Highline Bears in a double header on Saturday at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington.

HONK HONK!!