Late run rally gives Highline a 5-1 win over Laces

Highline had much ado to get their bats going–including their opponent, the Laces Baseball Club holding a mere 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. But, Bears had a resurgence with their stagnant bats and capped off a five-run inning to give Colin Cortez an easy 1-2-3 inning for a 5-1 win Friday night at Mel Olsen Stadium.

Coming into the eighth, Highline had only three runners in scoring position, but had an incompetence to bring them in. That changed when Colton Robinson knocked a single to left field. Cole Chambers flew out for the first out but following him was Cody Simmons–and he decimated the baseball for a two-run shot to give Highline a 2-1 lead.

Kealin Martin would not let Simmons have all the fun, as he pulverized one over the wall for back-to-back homers to stretch the lead. Highline tacked on two more with Brenden Duncan’s single to score Alex Bryner from third and Max Gardinier followed with a single as well to bring in Armond Swanson–giving the Bears a comfortable 5-1 advantage.

Ben Wadowksi pitched a gem, going seven complete innings allowing six hits, one earned run, no walks and seven strikeouts. It was a redemption outing, as his last appearance on July 21, he had one of his worst outings of the year against the Northwest Honkers. He surrendered five earned runs in five innings pitched–and allowed ten hits, but struck out six.

It was different this time around–and was dominate as he diligently befuddled the Laces lineup. Until in the sixth, the Laces started the inning with back-to-back singles. They got aggressive and tried to steal third, but Clay Kleus gunned the runner down for the first out. Wadowksi struck out his next batter, but yielded a single to his next opponent–bringing the runner home from first.

The Bears against face off against the Laces tonight at 7 p.m.

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