Highline Bears

Bears Walk Off for Win Against Kent Bulldogs

Bears Walk Off for Win Against Kent Bulldogs

By TJ Mitchell

White Center, Wash. — After five innings, the chances for victory for the Highline Bears on a sunny Saturday evening at Mel Olson Stadium looked slim. The Bears ended up scoring five runs in the last four frames to win 5-4 over the Kent Bulldogs, capped off by a Nolan McCafferty walk-off single.

The Bears offense looked lost through the first five innings of the game, striking out nine times and reaching base only once on a Matt Stuart walk.

Once the sixth inning came around, the Bears seemed to come out hibernation, scoring three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. The Bears really broke the rhythm of Bulldogs’ starter Kenny Miller, who ended the night throwing six innings and striking out 11 Bears’ batters.

The Bears entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3, but then three walks and a hit batter later led to a Johnny Sage RBI walk, followed by a first-pitch RBI single by McCafferty to win it.

McCafferty didn’t actually start the game for the Bears, he was inserted after Sam Trend-Beacom exited with an injury after his second at-bat. McCafferty ended the night with just the one hit, but scorched a couple of other balls in his other at-bats for some hard outs.

Daniel Puegh got the start for the Bears. Besides a rough third inning, he pitched well. He allowed four runs over the five innings he pitched, surrendering seven hits and striking out seven.

The bullpen was also sharp, with the combination of Mason Harris and Carter Steele shutting the Bulldogs out during the four-combined innings they pitched. The two combined to allow only four hits while striking out five.

The Bears will return to action on Monday when they travel to Marysville to face the Laces, first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Marysville High School.