Bears Extinguish Blaze 10-0 in Saturday night season opener in White Center


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Al Miller was the Bears player of the game. Throwing a complete 7 scoreless innings and giving the Bears and new Manager Rich Lindros their first wins of the 2016 Season. Bears Baseball is in full swing!

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‘Buntly’ is the Bears mascot.

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Meet your 2016 Highline Bears!

Story courtesy Highline Bears
Photos by Isabel Herbruger

The Highline Bears capitalized on shaky Langley Blaze pitching and notched a 10-0 win on Opening Night at Steve Cox Memorial Field on Saturday, May 28.

Three Blaze pitchers combined to hit seven Bears hitters and walk seven more allowing Highline to score their runs on just three hits. Bears starter Al Miller (1-0) blanked the Blaze holding them to just four hits for the shut out.

A game that started out looking like a pitcher’s duel changed when the Bears got on the scoreboard in the fourth on Connor Jones’ two run single, which scored Cameron Slader and Colton Kelly who were each on base courtesy of being hit by a pitch.

Things really fell apart for Langley when Myles Wesner led off the fifth by getting plunked by a pitch. Angel Valencia followed with the first of his two walks and Slader’s second hit by pitch of the game. That loaded the bases for Garrett Terrell who drove in a run via a walk. Parker Coffee used one the Bears three hits drive in a run followed by another walk, this time to Ben Fitzhugh. That marked the end of Blaze starter Brandon Marklund (0-1).

Blaze reliever Barry Caine got Jones to hit into a RBI fielder’s choice before walking Drew Lorea and hitting Wesner with the bases loaded. A walk to Valencia drove in the Bears sixth run of the inning and put Highline up 8-0 after five.

The seventh inning would be the final of the game after Ben Fitzhugh and Jones led off with walks followed by a double by Lorea and RBI fielder’s choice by Wesner putting the Bears up by 10 and bringing the Langley head coach out of the dugout to call the game.

For the Bears, it wasn’t just offense either. Al Miller, a junior at Central Washington University scattered Langley’s four hits while striking out four, walking one and hitting one Blaze batter. Thanks to a solid Bears defense which used two double plays to limit Langley’s chances, Miller never allowed a runner past second base.

The Bears faithful fans who braved weather which may have been as unsteady as Blaze pitching, were treated to a solid, all-around performance. Making this win even more impressive is the fact that this year’s Highline squad has yet to hold a practice yet due to the recent rain.

ISABEL CELEBRATES 12TH BIRTHDAY, THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH
South King Media Photojournalist Isabel celebrated her 12th birthday on Saturday, and to honor her the Bears surprised her by having her throw out the first pitch:

BEARS HAVE FIRST PRACTICE, MEET NEW COACH

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Now in her second year with more great work is our youngest-ever Contributor – 12-year old Isabel Herbruger – Local Girl Scout, 4-H member, and aspiring photojournalist. 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 12

The Highline Bears had their first team practice on Friday, May 27.

With many new faces on the team, it was nice to find a few returning Bears in the line-up. The rain made the field too wet so there was only limited practice on the Little League fields behind the Stadium.

I met the new Bear Manager, Coach Rich Lindros. I learned a lot of interesting facts during practice and talked to him more afterwards. He has been involved with baseball his whole life except when he was fighting in Vietnam. He has coached overseas in several places; Japan was one of the places. He also met Willie Mays when he was seven years old; all he remembers from the chat was being told “Listen to your parents.”

I asked him why he wanted to coach the Bears. He replied:

“Young lady, let’s get this straight from the beginning, this is not about me. This is about them becoming the best they can be. I consider it a privilege to help them become fine young men and better ball players.”

Coach Rich said he doesn’t want to share his personal goals for the Bears just yet. He wants the team to focus on other things first, like learning “Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent.” But a goal later snuck out, “I want to go to the World Series, where is that at again?”

It’s in Wichita, Kansas.

“I have never been there, I am sure it is flat like the rest of Kansas, but still, I would like to go to Wichita,” said Coach Rich.

Hey Coach, I have never been there either.

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There are many more photos and stories at Highline Bears by Isabel.

Game and team information can be found at Highline Bears Baseball.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Isa “Bear” H.
Official Bear Photographer,
Unofficial Pirate Photographer,
and aspiring photojournalist 

HERE’S THE 2016 SCHEDULE:

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 (click here for printable schedule)

**Tickets to Highline Bears home games are $5 per person, kids 12 and under are FREE!**

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT GAMEDAY TICKETS
Sat, 28 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm Buy Ticket
Sun, 29 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial TBD
Sun, 29 May 2016 Langley Blaze Steve Cox Memorial TBA
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 Northwest Honkers TBA
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 Laces Baseball Club Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds CC TBA
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 1:05 pm
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Everett Memorial Stadium 4:00 pm
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale Park 6:15 pm
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds St. Martins Univ. Lacey, WA TBD
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 South Sound Sox Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Thr, 16 Jun 2016 NWCL Elliot Pilots Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 Everett Merchants Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds Community College 7:00 pm
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 W.C. Guns Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale 4:00 pm
Thr, 30 Jun 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 TBD Kelowna, BC TBA
Thr, 07 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC 5:00 pm
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 TBD Kamloops, BC TBA
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 Seattle Studs Heidelberg Park, Tacoma 5:30 pm
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 Senators R.A.C Lacey, WA 5:00 pm
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 NWCL Eastside Eagles Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 NWCL Emeralds Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:00 pm
Thr, 21 Jul 2016 NWCL Emeralds Edmonds CC TBA
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 Seattle Studs Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 Snoqualmie Hurricanes Ravensdale 6:15 pm
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 Laces Baseball Club Marysville HS TBA
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 TBD Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 Northwest Honkers Steve Cox Memorial 7:05 pm


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