By Martin Barrett
The Highline Pirates Varsity Baseball team jumped out with a 6-run first inning and never looked back as they defeated the Foster Bulldogs 15-1. The game was called after the 5th inning. Highline improved their record to 8-10.
Coach Locher prepares his men
With 28 at-bats, the Pirate men produced 12 hits, took 7 bases on balls, and were struck out 8 times. As usual, Coach Locher had his boys running like a track team with 10 stolen bases. Marquawn McCraney led the thievery with three steals; (McCraney had missed the last few games due to football recruiting trips.)
“We got on the board early and were able to put up some runs in a few different innings. The middle and bottom of our order was stepping up in a big way with base hits, RBIs, and stolen bases. It’s exciting to know that we can be playing our best baseball down the stretch”, an upbeat Locker said.
Locher’s team played an error-free game. However, the Bulldogs helped the Pirate run-total by committing 7, the majority in the 1st and 4th innings when Highline scored big.
The Pirates spread the hits round to 8 players throughout the game: Gus Schafer, Ronan Rasmussen, Marquawn McCraney, Zennin Luiz, Roman Easter, Emilio Flores-Delgado, and Cameron Keller. Jacob Brown was in the groove, going 3 for 3 and scoring 2 runs.
Rasmussen took home the win. Easter and Hansen also took the mound. Rasmussen threw 41 stikes to just 20 balls.
The Pirates’ next game is Tuesday, April 25, at Lindbergh. First pitch is slated for 3:30. The Pirates will follow that up with a regular season-ending home game Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30.