Despite dropping two games, Highline Bears opening weekend a big hit


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By Lyle Golstein
Highline Bears Broadcast Intern

The Highline Bears entered Sunday evening looking to come away from the first weekend of the summer with a winning record, but it just wasn’t to be. They dropped the game to the Northwest Honkers by a score of 9-6 in Fall City.

Highline consistently scored runs throughout the ballgame, just not quite enough of them. They scored a run in the second, third, fifth, and ninth inning, along with two runs in the seventh. But the clutch hitting fell a little bit short. They started to chip away at the lead in the 7th when pinch-hitter Chandler Michalek produced a two-out, 2 RBI single, but those were the last of the runs they would score. They started to rally again in the 8th and 9th, but a costly double play in each inning would prevent further damage.

On the positive side, with another game came another three-hit night for Bears outfielder Johnny Sage. Sage has undoubtedly been the hottest hitter in the lineup through the first three games, and continued that trend on Sunday. He singled three times, walked once, and stole another two bases.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears couldn’t quite hold the Honkers off. The Honkers scored a run in every inning of the game excluding the seventh. Daniel Peugh got the start for the Bears, but didn’t have his sharpest stuff in his outing. He allowed five runs on four hits in four innings pitched, along with two walks. But to Peugh’s defense, he wasn’t given a ton of help due to two errors as well as a couple of non-favorable calls from the umpires early in the game.

Relievers Mason Harris, Karl Stahfeld, and Derek Browne threwthe final five innings of the game and allowed four more runs to the Honkers. Stahfeld threw the only scoreless inning of the game, facing just four batters in the seventh.

The Bears now fall to 1-2 on the season and will resume play this Friday (June 9) when they will take on the Everett Merchants at home in Burien. Friday’s game will mark the first of a four game homestand. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

TICKETS
Tickets to Highline Bears home games are just $5 per person, and kids 12 and under – as well as all active/former service men & women – are admitted FREE! Tickets are available at the gate or online here:

https://highlinebears.com/schedule-tickets/

Some highlights from Friday night’s opening game:

Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer threw out the honorary first pitch (and made it over the plate!):

Here are some other photos from the opening game, taken by Scott Schaefer:

All home game are held at Steve Cox Memorial Field in White Center, and here’s the remaining schedule:

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT GAMEDAY TICKETS
Fri, 2 Jun 17 NW Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 3 Jun 17 Laces Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sun, 4 Jun 17 Northwest Honkers Fall City Community Park TBD  
Fri, 9 Jun 17 Everett Merchants Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 10 Jun 17 Kitsap Bluejackets Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sun, 11 Jun 17 Kitsap Bluejackets Steve Cox Memorial 7:35 pm Buy Tickets
Tue, 13 Jun 17 Senators Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Thr, 15 Jun 17 Senators RAC Lacey, WA 7:05 pm
Fri, 16 Jun 17 NW Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 17 Jun 17 NW Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:35 pm Buy Tickets
Tue, 20 Jun 17 Seattle Studs University Of Puget Sound 5:30 pm
Thr, 22 Jun 17 San Francisco Seals Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Fri, 23 Jun 17 San Francisco Seals Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 24 Jun 17 Langley Blaze Langley, B.C. 1:05 pm
Sat, 24 Jun 17 Langley Blaze Langley, B.C. 3:30 pm
Wed, 28 Jun 17 NW Blaze Bremerton High School 5:30 pm
Fri, 30 Jun 17 Pippins Yakima Fair Grounds 7:05 pm
Sat, 1 Jul 17 Kent Bulldogs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sun, 2 Jul 17 Kent Bulldogs Bonney Lake High School 10:00 am
Mon, 3 Jul 17 Laces Marysville High School 5:30 pm
Thr, 6 Jul 17 Everett Merchants NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm
Fri, 7 Jul 17 Seattle Studs NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm
Sat, 8 Jul 17 Okanagan NorBrock Stadium | Kamloops, BC 4:00 pm
Sun, 9 Jul 17 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Tue, 11 Jul 17 Northwest Honkers Fall City Community Park 5:30 pm
Wed, 12 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Edmonds CC 7:00 pm
Thr, 13 Jul 17 Laces Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Fri, 14 Jul 17 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 15 Jul 17 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:35 pm Buy Tickets
Sun, 16 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 1:00 pm
Sun, 16 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 3:00 pm
Tue, 18 Jul 17 Wenatchee Applesox Wenatchee, WA 7:05 pm
Wed, 19 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Edmonds CC 7:00 pm
Thr, 20 Jul 17 Seattle Studs University of Puget Sound 5:30 pm
Fri, 21 Jul 17 Everett Merchants Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Sat, 22 Jul 17 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets
Wed, 26 Jul 17 Walla Walla Sweets Walla Walla, WA 7:05 pm
Thr, 27 Jul 17 Walla Walla Sweets Walla Walla, WA 7:05 pm
Fri, 28 Jul 17 NW Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Tickets

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