The Highline Bears came into Borleske Stadium and beat the home team, taking down the Sweets 10-5 in a non-league game Wednesday night.
Starting pitcher RHP Daniel Peugh (St. Martin’s) leaned on a devastating curveball to conjure six innings of one-run baseball.
Meanwhile, a five-run outburst for the Bears in the top of the eighth put Highline ahead for good.
Sweets starting pitcher RHP Conner Roberts (UC Santa Barbara) was dealing early on. He racked up five strikeouts in the game’s first two innings.
But the Bears scored early. A two-run triple for 2B Cole Chambers (Olympic CC) in the second inning put the visitors ahead.
From then on, the Bears never surrendered the lead.
They built an early 5-0 advantage. But the Sweets finally scored off of Peugh in the sixth. SS Kevin Jordan (San Mateo) tripled with two outs and a bouncing ball over the middle, off the bat of 2B Ripken Reyes (California), brought K.J. in to score the team’s first run of the game.
Three more runs in the seventh off the Bears bullpen brought the Sweets to within 5-4. Facing LHP Karl Stahlfeld (Alabama Club), the team utilized a two-run triple from CF Daniel Fredrickson (Gonzaga) to slice the lead in half. Then, Freddy scored on the front end of a double steal.
But a rampant top of the eighth, in which the Bears sent 11 batters to the plate, put the Sweets away for good.
A solo shot in the ninth by Fredrickson was small consolation. Despite Freddy’s monster game (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs, a triple, and a home run), the Sweets found themselves on the losing end of a 10-5 final tally.
Overall, the defeat drops Walla Walla’s record to 24-24 (22-23 in WCL play). The Sweets are 2-1 in non-league games this season with one rainout.
Peugh picked up the win. Roberts was hit with the loss. Fredrickson’s home run was his first.
Jake Suddleson (Harvard) played the entire game at first base.
The two sides meet again Thursday night before the Sweets take to the road for a six-game swing through Wenatchee and Kelowna.
RHP Travis Ulvestad (Seattle) will start for the Sweets. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
by Ben Farber
Audio Highlights -- Fredrickson's triple
Sweets Scoop -- Conner Roberts