Highline Bears

Cold Bats & Defensive Errors Result in Loss to Kitsap

By Lyle Goldstein

After a dominant pitching performance from right hander Ryan Kolisch pushed the Bears to a win on Saturday night, it was a different story in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jackets.

Right hander Daniel Peugh took the mound for his second start of the season. Peugh threw the first 6.1 innings of the ballgame, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out six. He surrendered just one run through the first four innings on what was a questionable balk call. But a double in the 5th and two singles in the 7th were the cause of the other three earned runs. Peugh had both his fastball and breaking ball working very effectively through the first five innings, but looked as if he started to lose command of it late in his outing.

Chris Glahn and Karl Stahlfeld struggled in their relief appearances, combining for 1.1 innigs pitched while allowing five runs on five hits. Only one of Glahn’s three runs were earned, and Stahlfeld wasn’t helped out by his defense in his outing by an infield miscue that resulted in a dropped pop up.

Offensively the Bears were handicapped once again. Kitsap starter Ben Tinnell worked six sharp innings, only giving up one hit while striking out six. The Bears strung together two runs in the bottom of the 7th from a two-run moon shot off the bat of first baseman Matt Stuart, but those were the only runs the Bears would plate on the night. Timely hitting with runners in scoring position has been an issue for Highline in the early going, and the trend continued again tonight.

They also committed two errors during the course of the game, one on the infield pop-up and one from left fielder Alex Bryner on a shallow fly ball. Manager Josh Evans stated that he looks for his defense to polish up in the upcoming games, specifically from the corner outfield positions.

The Bears next game is scheduled for Tuesday night for the finale of a four game home stand at Mel Olson Stadium. First pitch will be held at 7:05pm.