PHOTOS BY ISABEL: Highline Bears play in Kamloops Baseball Tournament

[EDITOR’S NOTEThe following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 11-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!]

Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 11

The Highline Bears were in the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament (KIBT) this past weekend. The news said there were 140 forest fires in the area, so it was very smokey. It was hot down on the field every day. Luckily the games only went seven innings.

The first team they played was the Seattle Studs on Thursday at 11 a.m. Almost everyone in the stands was cheering for the Bears to beat the Studs, including Donna, one of the Canadian security guards. The Bears scored three runs in the second inning and stayed ahead 3-0 until the 5th inning. Jason Castro (#26) pitched great until a triple in the fifth inning scored a bunch of runs. The Studs won 7-3. Ryan Archibald (#20) was named the player of the game for the Bears.

The second team they played was the Kelowna Jays on Friday at 2 pm. The Jays scored first and were ahead 2-0 before the Bears scored 3 in the second inning and stayed ahead to win it 4-3. Travis Cook (#13) pitched a complete game. There was a lot of tagging runners in this game so it was exciting to watch. Gunnar Hinds (#28) was named the player of the game.

The third team they played was the Langley Blaze Premier team on Saturday at 9 am. Joey Gamache (#44) pitched a complete game and the Bears were doing great until they had some errors that let runners score. Colton Kelly (#3) had an important catch. He chased down a deep hit and had it in his glove, but then he lost it in the roll. This was a good thing. The Blaze lost focus and the Bears got a double play on the throw, but not before the go ahead run scored. The Bears lost 2-1. Hayden Meier (#24) was named player of the game.

After the last game we went to the field to take a team photo. Even though we lost this tournament, the crowd cheered when the announcer thanked the Bears for coming and hoped they would come again next year. It was great to hang out with the Bears off the field too, they are a lot of fun.

Here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):


The Bears pose for a team photo.


#20 Archibald stops a steal.


#14 Moore relief pitching.


#23 Fitzhugh gets a hit.


#8 McCulloch defending home plate.


#33 Terrell with a catch (can you find the ball?).


Is he safe or out at first base?


Is he safe or out at home?


#13 Cook pitching.


#3 Kelly with an outfield catch.


#3 Kelly drops on the roll before it became a double play.


#11 Wesener safely stealing third.


#44 Gamache pitched a complete game.


#14 Moore tagged out at home (but he should have been safe!).

The Bears next play the Everett Merchants 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and the Thurston County Senators 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Both games are at Steve Cox Memorial Stadium in White Center.

Rumor has it the Bears will be at the White Center Jubilee Days handing out their brand new Rookie Season Baseball Cards. Get them while you can! After both games this week, the kids will get to run the bases and have the team sign trading cards for them (July 17 & 18 only).

Game statistics for the Bears can be found at:

There are several more photos at

Thank you for your time and consideration,
– Isabel H
Age 11

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