Highline Bears earn their first league win in White Center Saturday night

By TJ Mathewson

Despite a ninth inning rally attempt by the Kitsap Bluejackets, the Highline Bears managed to hold on for the 3-1 win, improving their record to 2-3 on the season

Bears came into Saturday night’s game having lost 2 in a row, and really struggling on both sides of the ball, exemplified by their 11-3 loss against the Everett Merchants on Friday night in which the Bears’ offense struggled to string hits together, not helping the pitching staff that allowed the Merchants to score in every inning besides the seventh and ninth.

The pitching was a completely different story in this matchup, courtesy of Bears’ righty Ryan Kolisch. Kolisch made his way through the Bluejackets’ lineup with no trouble, collecting the win and scattering seven hits over the seven scoreless innings he pitched.

“The other team[Bluejackets] was swinging and I was just trying to throw strikes and get the defense working,” Kolisch said on his start. “I was really comfortable pounding the strike zone left and right.”

Mason Harris and Karl Stahfeld combined to pitch the last two innings for the Bears, the lone run the Bears’ staff allowed was in the ninth inning off of Stahfeld, and securing the win.

Chandler Michalek opened the scoring in a big way in the bottom of the second inning, hitting his first home run of the young season, a solo shot, and gave the Bears something they have not had a lot of early in the season, an early lead.

Alex Sisley and Chris Hollabaugh both cashed in on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings respectively, extending the Bears’ lead to 3-0.

Nolan McCafferty made his presence felt after being inserted into the game for Marco Calderon, who exited after a HBP in the second inning. McCafferty added a single and a walk to the many impressive plays he made out at shortstop throughout the game, despite the ninth inning error he had.

The Bears return to action at home again Sunday night against these same Bluejackets, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tickets to Highline Bears home games are just $5 per person, and kids 12 and under – as well as all active/former service men & women – are admitted FREE!

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