by Martin Barrett
Ronan Rasmussen with RBI Single
The Highline Pirate Boys’ Baseball Team started at the top of the order in the first inning scoring 5 runs and getting all nine batters to the plate. Walks, doubles, and singles kept the momentum in full swing.
The Pirates added 10 runs in the second and third innings, respectively. With 31 at-bats during the game, the Pirate offense generated 27 runs on 14 hits. Titan pitching contributed to the scoring by offering up 16 walks. The Pirates were disciplined on the bases, getting good jumps on the singles and double the Pirate batters were consistently hitting.
Hawke Hansen owned the plate, going 4 for 5 and driving in 3 runs. Ronan Rasmussen joined the slugfest by going 3 for 5 and bringing home 3 runs. But the clutch hitter of the afternoon was Gus Schaffer, who went 2 for 4 but drove in 6 runs.
Pitcher Ronan Rasmussen
On the mound, Emilio Flores-Delgado gave up no runs and only one hit over two innings, striking out 1 with no walks on an efficient 27 pitches. Ronan Rasmussen and Roman Easter cleaned up the rest of the Titans, each giving up just 1 earned run.
Keowi Alokoa started the pitching for Tyee Varsity Titans. Alokoa was stung for 13 runs on 8 hits over one inning, striking out 2 but giving up 3 walks. Brandon Aleman Martinez (who demonstrated a well-thrown curveball,) and Jackson each contributed in relief for Tyee Varsity Titans.
Highline Pirates Coach Johnny Locher
“They are getting their pitch. Some guys are putting good swings on balls. They are ready to hit the fastball. We got some good hits, but we also made good plays on them. We have a long way to go, but I definitely like some of the early results”, a measured Coach Locher said from the dugout midway through the second inning.
“You have to give respect to everybody. But I am feeling good and am going to do my thing. I like throwing my fastball. I throw it pretty hard”, said Rasmussen, the Pirate’s second pitcher of the day, who is also the Pirate’s quarterback on the football team.
The Pirates evened their record 3-3 with the win. Wednesday, the team plays Evergreen at the Wolverine’s home field. First pitch is at 4 PM.