By Martin Barrett
Dreaming of the Big League
Highline Pirates Varsity fell to Sumner High in a non-district boys’ baseball game Friday evening. This was a special game, played at T-Mobile Park.
“It’s a special opportunity to play at T-Mobile park; it was a very fun night. We played a strong program in Sumner, so it’s great to face good competition early in the year. We showed a lot of improvement throughout the week, especially in pitching and defense. We have a long way to go, but we know we have what it takes to compete against the very best”, said Head Coach Jonny Locher.
Sumner jumped out early, picking up 3 runs in the first inning. That was all they would score for the game. Highline made a move in the second. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Senior Jacob Brown managed a gritty at-bat and earned a walk, bringing in the Pirates’ first run. Unfortunately, that was all Coach Locher’s team could bring in from scoring position, and at the end of the second inning, it was Sumner 3, Highline 1. (They couldn’t come back in a 3-2 loss to Sumner on Saturday.) Sumner scored on a triple by #1, an error, and a groundout by #14 in the first inning.
Pirates invade T-Mobile Park
In the third Roman Easter picked up a lead-off walk. He advanced to second on a fly-out. Easter then stole third on a passed ball and scored when Cameron Keller hit a hard grounder to left field. That was all the Pirates could muster in the third, closing out the scoring for the game.
Pirate pitching, a team effort by Keller, Gus Schafer, and Trenton Savage, was solid, giving up just one earned run. Keller went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Highline Pirates Varsity in hits.
An error-free game was the key to the Sumner win, not committing a single error for the night.