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Posted May 6/12 - EMBARASSING SATURDAY ENDS HHS SEASON

Highline failed in a myriad of ways on Saturday which resulted in a season ending face-plant.  The Pirates couldn't even score a single run in the two games falling 5-0 to Bonney Lake and 14-0 to Enumclaw.  There were no purple and gold highlights to report and nothing to take away from the day except maybe a head-scratching "what the heck happened."  For the first time since 2002, Highline did not even make it to the District Tournament.  This is probably not the way Highline's eight seniors wanted to bow out and certainly not the way the coaches wanted things to end.  A new regime will try to right the Pirate Ship next year. Hopefully the results will be  better.

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Posted May 3/12 - PIRATES SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER

Highline put a bow on the regular season with two games on Tuesday.  Tyee took a surprising 3-1 lead after one inning but the Pirates responded with eleven runs in the top of the second and went on to thwart the Totems 23-4.  Eleven HHS batters combined for seventeen base knocks.  Tyee pitchers also gave up four walks and three hit batters on the day.  Ryne Phelan got the victory from the mound throwing three innings and giving up just one run.  Erik Anderson had a productive day going two-for-two, driving in four runs.  The win gave Highline a 10-4 regular season record which secured third place and the #2 seed in the upcoming Sub-District tournament.

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Posted Apr 28/12 - WEEKEND SWEEP

The Pirates got healthy over the weekend with a pair of Seamount League wins.  Evergreen was the victim on Friday night.  Highline scored 17 runs in the first two innings and coasted to an 18-6 victory.  Ryan Ward got the win on the hump and also cracked his first homer in an HHS uniform.  Danny Teja was back in the line-up and poked a "Grand Salame" in the second.  Ben Antush had three base knocks and 4 RBI's.  The defense was stellar in support of Ward's pitching as the Pirates improved to 9-4 in league, 11-4 overall.

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Posted Apr 25/12 - Rats Fall in Seventh

Jacob Wydick pitched a gem but Highline couldn't close it out in the seventh and fell 2-1 to Hazen on Tuesday.  Leading 1-0 going into the final frame, a lead-off double and a walk put two men on with nobody out for Hazen.  A single knotted the score at one a piece and then with two outs the Highlander clean-up man plated the winning run and sent Highline to it's third straight loss.  Jacob went the distance but was tagged with the loss.  Highline base-running errors, once again hindered the cause.  The loss placed the Pirates into a tie for third place in the Seamount standings and a crucial, road make-up game with Kennedy on Thursday. Wednesday's game against Tyee was rained out and will be made up on Monday.

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Posted Apr 23/12 - All-Time HHS Record Wasted

In perhaps the most gutsy performance ever witnessed at a Pirate Baseball game, Jonny Locher set Highline's all-time, single game, strikeout record.  However, it was a very costly, losing effort as the Pirates could not produce enough offense to overcome Kennedy and fell 4-2 on Monday afternoon.  Jonny struck out seventeen Lancers in the complete game loss.  He threw 137 pitches and looked as strong in the seventh inning as he did in the first.  Even more impressive is that he did it with a broken arm!  He was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning which fractured the ulna bone of his right arm.  He battled through the pain to finish off the game which was sadly, very likely his last one for the purple and gold.  He is out for a minimum of three weeks which means the rest of the team has to get the Pirates to the State Tournament before Jonny can get back on the field.  Jonny has been a warrior for this team for four years and it would be truly inspiring and impressive if his team mates can somehow deliver that ticket to the dance (State) to him for his senior season.  Difficult?...Yes.  Probably?...No.  Possible?...Definitely! It remains to be seen who will pick up the slack the remainder of the season.  The Pirates need to be a lot more potent offensively and a ton more intelligent on the base paths to make a serious run at the post season.  It begins tomorrow with a 3:30 game at Hazen.

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Posted Apr 18/12 - EAGLES RIDE BIG FIRST INNING TO VICTORY

Lindbergh put a quick stop to the Pirates shutout streak by scoring three runs on five base hits in the top of the first at Moshier on Wednesday en-route to a 7-4 win.  Highline responded with a run of their own in the first when Jonny Locher doubled, moved to third on a grounder then scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.  The Eagles stretch the led to 5-2 in the fourth but then the Pirate bats came to life.  Doubles from David Erickson and Ryan Ward made it 5-3.  Justin Kemp singled to pull Highline within one but a base running blunder ended the threat.  Lindbergh added a pair of insurance runs and then shut down the Pirates the rest of the way.  Locher and Mitchell McCartney led the attack for Highline with two hits each.  The loss drops Highline two full games behind Lindbergh in the standings and must travel to Kennedy tomorrow (Thursday) for a 3:30 make up game with the Lancers.

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Posted Apr 13/12 - Three Straight Shut-Outs for Highline

     Pitching and defense came to the forefront once again as Highline turned in it's third straight shut-out.  Renton was the victim this time falling 13-0 to the Pirates.  Highline jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first.  Seven walks, a hit batter and a 2 RBI double from Ryan Ward did the damage.  Ryan also got the "W" on the mound going three innings and giving up just one base knock.  Jacob Wydick pitched the final two innings to preserve the shut-out.  Jonny Locher had a pair of hits including a triple.  Justin Kemp went 2-for-3.  The Pirates schedule gets tough for the next three games.  League leading Lindbergh comes to Moshier for a 3;30 game on Wednesday.  Highline then travels to Hazen on Friday before entertaining Kennedy on Monday April 23rd.  The four make up games have yet to be scheduled.

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Posted Apr 11/12 - Pirates Shut Down Bulldogs

Highline rode a big first inning surge then coasted to a 13-0 victory over Foster on Wednesday.  Seventeen Pirates came to the plate in the first and twelve scored on ten basehits.  Jonny Rhodes had the biggest blast with a two run homer (his third on the year).  Mitchell McCartney started on the bump and struggled a bit with his control but managed to escape his two inning stint with no runs having scored.  Freshman, Jordan Sagmoen came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win.  David Erickson, Ryan Ward and Mitchell had two hits each for Highline.  The win improves the Rats record to 8-1 on the year.  Next up is a non-leaguer on the road against White River tomorrow at 4:00 PM.

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Posted Apr 6/12 - RHODES HURLS NO-NO AT EVERGREEN

Senior, Jonny Rhodes threw a five inning no-hitter against the Evergreen Wolverines on Friday striking out nine in the "mercy Rule" shortened contest. The win capped a 4-0 week for the Pirates improving their record to 7-1 on the season.  Highlines bats failed to produce the usual "big inning" and led just 5-0 after four.  But, the top of the fifth saw 11 Pirates come to the plate producing five runs and a 10-0 lead.  Rhodes struck out two batters in the bottom half of the frame to end it and send the Pirate Faithful home in a happy mood. Mitchell McCartney, Jacob Wydick, Erik Anderson and Ryan Ward had two hits each in the contest.  Jacob scored three runs on the day.  Next up for the Rats is a 3:30 PM Wednesday game at home against Foster.  On Thursday, April 12th Highline travels to White River for a make-up game with the Hornets and then finishes the week off with Renton at Moshier on Friday at 3:30.  No practices for the varsity are scheduled for the coming week in an effort to rest the weary arms.

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Posted Apr 6/12 - HIGHLINE HANGS ON FOR ANOTHER SAFECO WIN

The Pirates improved their overall Safeco Field record to 4 and 1 with a 4-3 win over Foss on Thursday night.  The score shouldn't have been that close as the Falcon's came up with an array of dazzling defensive plays to thwart Pirate rallies.  Highline had a few "webgems" too, most notably a pair of them from second baseman Mitchell McCartney including the game-ender.  Mitchell also had an RBI single to start the scoring for the Pirates in the top of the first.  Ryan Ward started on the hill and was relieved by Jacob Wydick in the third.  Jacob got credit for the win thanks to a two-run fourth inning.  Justin Kemp led it off with a double, stole third and came home on a wild pitch.  Jonny Locher walked, stole second and was plated by Jacob's line drive single which made it 4-2.  Foss answered with a run in the bottom of the frame but that was all the scoring for the night.  Jordan Sagmoen threw two strong innings and Jonny Locher closed it out with his second "save" of the week.  Highline will try to make it a 4-for-4 week with a visit to Evergreen today at 3:30 PM.

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Posted Apr 4/12 - HIGHLINE TROUNCES TOTEMS

After staking Tyee to a 2-0 led in the top of the first, the Pirates responded with 13 runs of their own in the bottom half and never looked back.  The final score was 22-5 as the Tyee pitchers struggled to find the strike zone and when they did HHS batsmen were eager to attack.  Highline was led offensively by Jonny Rhodes who was 2-for-3 with a triple and a homerun.  Erik Anderson went 2-for-2 with a double.  Mitchell McCartney started and went two strong innings.  Rhodes threw two scoreless innings to record the win and improve his record to 3-0 on the young season.

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Posted Apr 3/12 - COMEBACK WIN FOR PIRATES

Highline returned to the win column in their "Home Opener" on Tuesday coming from behind for a 5-3 win over Hazen.  Jonny Locher staked the Pirates to a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the first.  Hazen knotted the score in the top of the third but Highline responded with a run of their own when Mitchell McCartney doubled over the left fielders head.  Cole Porter was pitching masterfully until the sixth when a hanging curveball was bounced off the scoreboard in left, giving the Highlanders a 3-2 lead.  Freshman, Jordan Sagmoen came on in relief and hurled two strikeouts and a grounder to get out of the inning.  It was time for the Pirates to answer back and indeed they did.  Two walks and a Danny Teja single loaded the bases. With one out, Hazen went to their ace pitcher who fanned the next Highline batter bringing up Sagmoen with two outs.  The unaffected frosh took the first pitch to the opposite field for a two RBI single.  With runners on first and third Highline ran a delayed steal that plated an insurance run making the score 5-3 heading into the seventh.  Jonny Locher was called upon for his first "Save" opportunity of the year and closed the door with a pair of strikeouts. 

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Posted Mar 24/12 - PIRATES FALL TO EAGLES

Highline failed to cash in on some golden opportunities...Lindbergh did, and walked away with a 9-4 win on Friday.  The Pirates loaded the bases in the first inning but managed just one run.  Lindbergh countered with thee runs in their half, sending nine men to the plate.  Highline recaptured the lead in the top of the second highlighted by Jonny Locher's two run homer.  Jacob Wydick's sacrifice fly put the Pirates up 4-3.  Highline failed to score in the third leaving the bases loaded again.  Lindbergh had four singles in the bottom of the third and scored two runs to retake the lead.  Highline was shut down the rest of the way and went home with their first loss of the year.  Justin Kemp and Locher had two hits each on the day.  Ryan Ward took the loss on the hill.  The Pirate's home opener is scheduled for this coming Wednesday as Hazen comes to Moshier field for a 3:30 contest.

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Posted Mar 21/12 - RATS ROUTE RENTON

Highline left "no doubt about it" early in their game against Renton.  The Pirates batted around in the first  scoring six runs en-route to a 25-4 drubbing of the Indians on Wednesday.  Nine different players had base hits led by David Erickson and Ryne Phelan who were both 2-for-2.  Jonny Locher was 2-for-3 with a triple.  Senior, Jacob Wydick "took one for the team" THREE TIMES in this one.  Highline used four different pitchers for the third time in three games this season.  Mitchell McCartney started and threw two scoreless innings on a very frugal 19 pitches. Wydick, Jordan Sagmoen and Erik Anderson finished it off with one inning each in the five inning "Mercy Rule" contest.  The Pirates will face a much tougher challenge on Friday traveling to Lindbergh for an early season showdown against the Eagles.  Game time is 3:30.  A map to Lindbergh is available on the "Fields" tab of his website.

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Posted Mar 20/12 - Pirates Roll in League Opener

A slow start on another cold, wet, windy day had the Pirates scratching their heads until a 12 run outburst in the third inning propelled them to a 19-2 victory over Foster.  Jonny Locher led off the third with a solo homerun to left.  Four doubles, four singles and another Locher homer put this one in "Cruise Control."  Foster came back to score a couple of runs in the bottom of the frame but then Highline pounded out eight more base knocks in the top of the fourth to widen the lead to 19-2.  Ten different Pirates registered basehits in the contest including Freshman Jordan Sagmoan who singled in the fourth. 

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Posted Mar 12/12 - PIRATE UPRISING (Part 2)

After an "Irish Uprising" on Sunday at the Cove to Clover Race, Highline mounted a "Pirate Uprising" of their own on Monday which resulted in a 12-9 victory over Liberty in the 2012 season opener.  The weather was basically "crappy" but our preseason practice weather was pretty much the same and this years edition of Highline Hardball slogged through the inclement weather for the rain shortened victory. 

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