Highline Bears

Bears Make Offense a Priority in Game 2

Written By Lyle Goldstein

While the opening night of the 2017 Highline Bears season was not a memorable one, with the team dropping the game 11-2, they bounced back ever so mightily on Saturday night against the Laces Baseball Club. The Bears would win the game by a score of 9-1, looking much improved in all three phases of the game.
It took a little while to get things going, but with the ballgame being deadlocked at 1-1 through three and a half innings, the Bears ignited a spark in their offense. They took complete advantage of Laces starter Connor Spahman, batting through the order in the bottom of the 3rd, plating five runs on five hits. The big knocks of the inning came from a 2 RBI single from second baseman Cole Chambers and a three-run blast from third baseman Sam Trend-Beacom that landed on the playground behind Mel Olson Stadium.
“I was just looking for a fastball up. Something to drive, something I could handle. I got a pitch middle-in and drove it out over the fence” said Trend-Beacom on his home run.
Highline would later add on to their commanding lead, scoring one in the 5th and two in the sixth from a 2 RBI double off the bat of left fielder Johnny Sage.

It was a career night for Sage, who collected three hits, while also stealing a base and recording an outfield assist, throwing out Laces left fielder Jordan Heppner at home from left field.
The Bears also looked much sharper on the hill in the second night of the young season.
Right hander Ryan Kolisch took the ball on Saturday night and gave his team a very stellar performance. He allowed just one run on five hits in his four innings of work, while striking out three and issuing no free passes. Kolisch had a great command of the strike zone, using his fastball effectively while also mixing in a solid dose of breaking pitches, keeping the Laces off balance through the first four frames.
The Bears bullpen would later come in and pick up right where Kolisch left off.
Carter Steele, Derek Browne, and Cole Conolly combined to hurl five innings of one hit ball, allowing no runs and taking their team the rest of the way home.

The Bears now improve to 1-1 on the year and will finish off the weekend with a Sunday matinee in Fall City against the Northwest Honkers. First pitch is slated for 5:30pm.