Golden Tate lines an RBI double to right field in his first at-bat as a Lefties player as Bend catcher Isaiah Burke looks on during the first inning on Tuesday evening at Port Angeles Civic Field. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Golden Tate lines an RBI double to right field in his first at-bat as a Lefties player as Bend catcher Isaiah Burke looks on during the first inning on Tuesday evening at Port Angeles Civic Field. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

LEFTIES: Former Seahawk Golden Tate thrills Civic Field with his baseball skills

Tate hits an RBI double, scores a run, steals a base and makes a diving grab

PORT ANGELES — The newest Port Angeles Lefties player, former Seattle Seahawks star Golden Tate, proved he’s more than capable on the baseball diamond, thrilling the Civic Field crowd at the plate, on the basepaths and in the field in a 5-2 win over Bend on Tuesday night.

Tate, a dual-sport athlete who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, hit .329 as a sophomore at Notre Dame and was picked by the San Francisco Giants but pursued football, a sport in which he won a Super Bowl in Seattle and had a Pro Bowl career.

Baseball is Tate’s first love, however, and it didn’t take long to realize why.

Batting second in the order and playing center field defensively, Tate lined a 2-0 pitch to right field in the bottom of the first to score leadoff hitter Kemet Brown, who reached on an error.

Tate moved to second when Will Mulfur was hit by a pitch and showed off his wheels, scoring from second base on an RBI single by former Roughrider Ethan Flodstrom.

Tate nabbed his second hit of the night in the bottom of the second, blooping a fly ball that dropped into shallow right field just inside the foul line. He then stole second base but was stranded when Mulfur flied out.

A broken-bat ground out and an infield pop out rounded out Tate’s plate appearances.

In the field, Tate nabbed two fly balls in two chances, including tracking down Ben Patacsil’s deep fly near the fence and finishing up the play and the third inning with an athletic tumble — a little of the “Showtime” flair Tate is known for.

Port Angeles added insurance runs on Isaiah Munoz’ sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI single by Mason Persons, part of a three-hit evening for Persons, in the eighth.

The Lefties’ bullpen was a big part of the win with four pitchers coming on and holding Bend scoreless in relief of starter Trey Maeker.

Josh Flaugher picked up the win, throwing 2 1/3 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.69.

Andrew Monson also was effective with four strikeouts, and Jasiah George struck out the side in the ninth inning to close out the game.

Port Angeles (6-7) hosts Bend again today and Walla Walla Friday through Sunday.

Port Angeles 5, Bend Elks 2

Bend 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 2 6 3

PAL 3 0 0 0 1 X 1 0 X — 5 7 2

WP: Flaugher. LP: Miller.

Pitching

Bend — Miller 4IP, 3R, 4H, BB, 2K; Burfield 2IP, H, R, K; Lauderdale 0.1IP, BB; Nelson 1.2IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 2K.

Port Angeles — Maeker 1.2IP, 2H, 2R, 3BB, 4K; Flaugher 2.1IP, H, BB, 2K; Orr IP, H, 2BB, 2K; Monson 2.2IP, 2H, BB, 4K; George 1.1IP, 3K.

Hitting

Bend — Scavatto 1-3, 2B, 2RBI; Myro 1-3, R, 2BB.

Port Angeles — Tate 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB; Flodstrom 1-4, R, RBI; Munoz 1-2, R, RBI, BB; Persons 3-4, RBI.

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Sports reporter/columnist Michael Carman can be contacted at [email protected]

Lefties’ center fielder Golden Tate rolls on the ground after making a diving catch in the top of the third to end Bend’s half of the inning on Tuesday in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Lefties’ center fielder Golden Tate rolls on the ground after making a diving catch in the top of the third to end Bend’s half of the inning on Tuesday in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Lefties pitcher Trey Maeker throws in the first inning against the Bend Elks on Tuesday evening in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Lefties pitcher Trey Maeker throws in the first inning against the Bend Elks on Tuesday evening in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

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