Honkers to feature live play by play for 2018 home games

by Garrett Gagnon, garrettwgagnon902@gmail.com

The sun is shining, the swimming is gorgeous, and the grass is Honker green. Summer is back and another season of Honker baseball is as fired up as your backyard charcoal grill! A new collection of Honker players took the field in Kennewick Washington last weekend for the annual Tri-Cities Memorial Day Tournament. The Honkers are still hunting for their first win of 2018, but General Manager Martin Lawrence was encouraged by what he saw on the diamond. “We’ve got a very talented roster, it was good to see a little bit of who’s who this weekend. I think It’s going to be a very fun season.” Martin and his wife Jocelyn enter their 9th season at the helm of the Honkers.

The 2018 season features a roster with many returning Honkers but plenty of new faces too. Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA are represented on this summers team with former college and pro players present as well. Also new in 2018, The Northwest Honkers will begin their first ever season of live play by play. All home games will be broadcast to you via YouTube live from Fall City Washington. A motivated behind the scenes staff is excited to bring Honkers Baseball into your homes if you can’t make it to the park.

The Honkers will be back in action Thursday May 31st against the Cowlitz Black Bears. Following two more road games on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd, the Honkers will host their home opener in Fall City on Sunday June 3rd taking on the Highland Bears. A link to our live play by play action of Sunday’s game will be posted to the Northwest Honkers webpage prior to game time. Honk Honk!

 

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2018 Roster Released

The Northwest Honkers Baseball team has released their 2018 roster. Click here to see where the Honkers are from!

Season Opener Schedule!

The Northwest Honkers begin their 2018 this Saturday, May 26th at the Tri-Cities Memorial Day Tournament.

Find the full schedule for the 2018 Memorial Day Tournament here!

2018 Honkers Schedule Released

The 2018 Northwest Honkers summer baseball schedule has been released. Click the link here to check out where the Honkers will be traveling this summer!

Season begins Memorial Day Weekend with the annual trip to the Tri-Cities Memorial Day Tournament. First home game at Fall City Community Park is Sunday, June 3rd at 5:30PM. You will also find the Honkers at Fall City Days Saturday, June 9th with a cap of the evening at the ball park as the Honkers take on the Everett Merchants at 4:00PM.

Annual Golf Tournament Date Announced!

The Northwest Honkers will be hosting their 8th Annual “One Big Honkin’ Golf Tournament” on Friday, May 4th at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City, WA!

Join us for a day of golf, games, food and awards! All proceeds go to helping the Northwest Honkers run their 2018 summer season.

Visit our Golf Tournament tab to register today! HONK HONK!!

All-PIL Selections made, Four Honkers named

        The 2017 All-Pacific International League Team has been announced and four Honker players were recognized for their accomplishments this past summer. Zane Gelphman from Oklahoma Baptist was named 1st Team infielder, Britten Abbott from Martin Methodist (Tennessee) was named 1st Team outfielder, Chaz Lopez from Pacific Lutheran (transferring this fall to Clark College in Vancouver, WA) was named 1st Team pitcher, and Cameron Padron (Western Oregon) was named 2nd Team first baseman.
        “These guys are very deserving of any honor they receive. They played hard all summer,” said Honker Manager Martin Lawrence. “It was a pleasure this year to have a group as quality as this one capitalized by these four individuals.”
        Infielder Zane Gelphman hit .409 in PIL play and finished the year with only recording two errors in the infield playing third base and short stop. “It means a lot to me to be named All-PIL. I’m grateful to be recognized by the league for my hard work and success.” This fall Gelphman returns to Oklahoma Baptist for his senior year.
        Britten Abbot also had a big year in the PIL, hitting .395 and driving in some very important runs for the Honkers including three home runs. “It makes it easier to make plays when you have great teammates that are producing all around you,” Abbott said of his teammates part in his success. “If they aren’t on base, I can’t drive them in. Simple as that. I’m just happy I could play a role in the team’s success.”
        Honker pitcher Chaz Lopez finished the summer season with an outstanding 1.98 ERA and a 3-1 record. Lopez was very excited about being named 1st Team All-PIL and said “it is an honor to be named among the other 1st Team pitchers. I mean those are some really good pitchers and to be mentioned as one of them is absolutely amazing”. Lopez enters his sophomore year of college transferring to Clark College and said that being named All-PIL 1st Team “is the first step down a very long path toward my ultimate goal, but right now I couldn’t be happier to call myself a Honker.”
        Cameron Padron was selected as 2nd Team All-PIL first baseman, making this his third time receiving an All-PIL selection, receiving 1st team honors in 2014 and 2016. “It’s a privilege to be named All-PIL. The PIL was filled with talent on every team, so it is an honor to be able to represent the Honkers in this category,” said Padron of his success.
        “I want to say we’ve been really lucky to receive these recognitions from the Pacific International League, but I don’t think luck is the right word because I don’t think that would do justice to the hard work these guys have put in and the support we have received from our great community in Fall City. So instead I’ll say we’ve been fortunate. Fortunate for great, hard working, young athletes, and fortunate for being part of Fall City,” exclaimed Manager Martin Lawrence.

Honkers Wrap up 2017 Season

The Northwest Honkers wrap up the 2017 summer with a win over the Kitsap Blue Jackets, going 24-21 overall and 14-11 record in Pacific International League (PIL) play. The Honkers finished third overall in the PIL behind the Seattle Studs and Everett Merchants.

Both the Studs and Merchants went on to compete at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS where the Merchants took second place.