It was a long time coming but the Pirates of Neah-Kah-Nie dropped anchor on the visiting Jewell Blue Jays Tuesday for their first win of the season, 50-18.
By Brad Mosher
The hosts got off to a fast start, running up a 9-0 lead before the Blue Jays got on the scoreboard with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.
By the time the quarter ended, it was a 14-2 lead for the Pirates.
Neah-Kah-Nie stayed ahead throughout the game, ahead 22-8 at halftime, but made its biggest run in the final two minutes of the third quarter.
The Pirates scored 10 answered points off repeated Blue Jay turnovers to take a 40-13 lead at the end of the period.
Junior Max Halverson led all scorers with 10 points as the Pirates sent waves of players against the visitors. A total of ten Pirates scored, with Max Hooley putting in eight, followed by seven from Garit Champ and six from Julian Croman. Garrett Meyer, Sam Holm and Chace Dorsey each score four points. Willie Davidson had three, while Brad Maryg and Cameron Kelly had two points each.
Trystan Silva led the Jays with seven points.
“We had a lot of unforced turnovers, but a win is a win,” head coach Steve Sherren said after the game.
“You could tell we had them outmatched but I’m glad we executed some offense. We did some good things and hopefully we’ll keep doing better,” the coach added.
The Pirates sent players out in waves during the game with Sherren putting in players four or five at a time. “We didn’t have any JV games during the holidays so this gave us a chance to give the young players,” he said. The coach sent the young players in with one or two more experienced players until the final minutes of the game.
“Once we had the game safe and out of reach I let the young players get some serious playing time,” he said.
The Pirates will return to Northwest League play Saturday when they host City Christian at 4 p.m.