JUNE 8, 2012 - WALLA WALLA, WA: The Northwest Honkers defeated the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast Collegiate League on Thursday night 4-3.
The Honkers score in the first inning as Cameron Padron drove in Keith Woebler who had drawn a two-out walk. They extended their lead in the third on an RBI ground out from Woebler and made it 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI single from Brett Smith. They tacked on their final run in the eighth on a wild pitch.
Trailing 4-0, the Sweets made things very interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Kevin Hawk and J.J. Robinson drew back-to-back walks to start the inning and Kalani Brackenridge worked a two-out walk to load the bases. Spencer O’Neil then hit a towering infield pop-up that wasn’t caught by the third baseman and cleared the bases. Hawk and Alex Bonczyk both scored as the ball was in the air and Brackenridge came around to score as the ball was thrown away. Ben Ruff and Marc Garza then drew back-to-back walks but Jarrod Turner was called out on a fastball at the knees to end the game.
Smith and Padron each had two hits in the game for the Honkers.
Founded in the fall of 1992, the PIL is considered by many to be the premier Summer Collegiate Baseball league in the Northwest. Most PIL players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that the league also allows former professionals and college graduates to participate.