9-runs enough for Highline Bears to notch first win of season Saturday night

By Luke Olson

It was an offense head coach Josh Evans has been waiting for – one he knew all season long that would be able to produce.

After taking a 2-0 lead early in the bottom of the second, the Redmond Dudes would respond with five runs in the top of the third to push starter, Connor Bensen, out of the game. The way the offense has been going in games past, it looked as a comeback would be a lot more difficult. But, that was not the case on a house packed stadium on Saturday evening. The Highline Bears would have a monstrosity of an inning in the sixth —scoring nine runs.

You read that right—9 runs—on just 3 hits.

After a pitching change for the Dudes, it seemed as it was a brand-new ball game for the Bears, led off by a one out double by Ben Wadowski. It would be followed up by a single and a walk and the Bears had an opportunity to make some damage happen with the bases loaded—and they did.

Brendan Duncan and Cody Simmons made their way to first with a walk and a hit by pitch to add runs on the board to get the Bears within one. Alex Bryner would even the score with a high chopper to short and the shortstop was not able to complete the flip to second. The Bears only needed one hit the rest of the inning to notch six more runs. The Dudes were not able to find command on the mound– registering five walks and two hit-by-pitches in that inning alone.

Regardless, the Bears were able to take advantage of those miscues on the mound and take home their first win of the season, 12-5.

“Much needed, we needed that,” Evans said regarding their nine-run inning. “We have too good of a ball club to not have those situations all the time and come out our way. I am excited about that win.”

Wadowski seemed to give the Bears the momentum needed in the sixth with his double to right field after a quiet couple innings from the offense. Momentum to not only win the game, but for the rest of the year too.

“This is a turning point of the season,” Wadowski stated. “It brought out everyone’s energy and true grit and strength.

With an offense that has been struggling, getting blanked their past two games—the Bears have been patiently waiting for the stagnant bats to come alive.

“Those are all the runs we should have scored from before,” Wadowski said with a grin. “But, no better time to have it than now. It was definitely a fun time to score all those runs and step on the gas pedal—and never step off.”

Hidden behind the catastrophic inning was the performance of reliver Cameron Jenkins. After Bensen sailed through the first two innings, there was a sudden detriment with his command. He would surrender five free passes—two hit-by-pitch–and Evans had seen enough. Colton Borg would come in to get out of the bases loaded jam with no outs—but was not able to keep the Dudes off the board. All three runs would come in to cap off the implosion of an inning for Redmond to take a 5-2 advantage.

Jenkins would enter the game in the top of the fourth and was lights out. He held Redmond to just three hits in his 4.2 innings pitched, one walk and an impressive nine strikeouts. Jenkins was not even scheduled or expecting to come in to pitch at all. He was coming off four days of rest from their trip to Walla Walla against the Sweets. Nonetheless, he shutout the Dudes.

“I feel pumped up,” Jenkins said. “But, at the same time, I have to give credit to all my guys for keeping me in it—cheering me on—we just stayed within ourselves and we did what we did best—play baseball.”

In the bottom of the second, the Bears finally got on the board for the first time in three games. Bryce Beck would work a 3-2 count to take a free pass to first. Wadowski would follow with a single to left and a past ball by the Dudes would have the Bears with runners on second and third with one out. Clay Kleus would knock a single to right field to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Wadowkski reached base safely three times on the night with his two hits and one walk. Blaine Wagner, Kleus and Carter Wallace each had two runs batted in for the Bears.

The Bears next take on the Redmond Dudes in an away game tonight (Mon., June 18); their next home game is Thursday, June 21 against the Seattle Studs.

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