Former UW pitcher for Seattle Studs shuts down Highline Bears 11-0 Thursday

By Luke Olson

All the Highline Bears players and coaches knew what was to come on Thursday night against the Seattle Studs.

Geoff Brown was on the mound for Seattle. A former Jackson High School standout, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Kansas City Royals – but opted to play division I baseball for the University of Washington. After his collegiate career came to an end, he had a few stints in the minors with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Most likely the toughest pitcher the Bears will see all season, he made his presence known as the Studs pummeled the Bears 11-0. He brought heat, hitting around 90 MPH and a variety of off-speed pitches – catching Highline looking all night.

“Brown can throw,“ head coach Josh Evans said. “He is definitely a pitcher our hitters look forward to facing. He brings out the best in some guys and the competitive nature of it makes it a fun matchup.”

He went seven complete innings allowing no runs, four hits and a plethora of strikeouts—14 of them to be exact. Facing the Bears lineup for the first time this season was no issue for him. He would strike out seven of nine his first time through the order.

The offense could get nothing going– having only four runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the second with no outs as Kealen Martin would hit a lead-off double to left field. Already down 6-0, the Bears had hopes of getting something going. But, Brown would diminish those aspirations—by mowing down his next three batters—all swinging.

Martin provided the most offensively for the Bears with his double and later, a single in the fourth. Jumping on the fastball early was his game plan as Brown’s off-speed pitches—especially his slider was haunting.

“I know how good his off speed was,” Martin said. “Jump on the fastball and go with it.”

Despite the difficulty of getting runs on the board, a brutal first inning would have the Bears down early. Starting pitcher Colin Cortez surrendered six runs (all earned) on three walks, one hit-by-pitch and three hits. Cortez did not last through the first, having to be replaced Cole Connolly. He was left with runners on first and third but allowed a single to left for the Studs to add their sixth run.

“Him being a young kid—put in that situation starting against a really good team like the Studs, he is going to have to build off from this and learn from his mistakes.” Evans commented.

The Bears have been in this situation before, giving up runs early in the game. It can often hurt the mentality and the comeback seems improbable. While there was no ‘comeback’, the state of mind stays the same for Highline.

“These guys stand behind each other 100 percent,” Evans stated. “When he went down early—we been in this situation before—we have guys in the bullpen who are going to come out and do their job.”

Highline used five relivers after Cortez was pulled before the first inning was over. Connolly pitched four quality innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. He walked three batters but struck out seven.

“We have one more game and a four-game stretch where we don’t play,” Evans said regarding the amount of bullpen pitchers used on the night. “I wanted my guys to get a couple of looks out there on the mound so they are going fresh into it. Also making sure they are maintaining what they are doing in the pen on off days. Just keeping their arms loose and continue throwing.”

The Bears next take on Beyond Baseball tonight (Friday., June 22) at 7:05 p.m. at Mel Olsen Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

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