CORVALLIS, Oregon - The Walla Walla Sweets lost to the Corvallis Black Bears here Friday.
The Sweets dropped to 17-29 in the West Coast League with the 7-4 loss.
Corvallis opened it up in the bottom of the first with two runs off two hits - and the Sweets could never close the gap.
Walla Walla scored one in the second, when Dennis Holt walked to first, stole second and came home on an Adrian Williams single.
But Williams was caught between first and second when Danny Poplawski singled, and the Sweets closed the inning, 2-1.
It was as close as the Sweets got.
Corvallis opened the lead again in the bottom of the fourth, scoring one.
The fifth was quiet, but by the bottom of the sixth, Corvallis - leading 3-1 - doubled their runs.
The Black Bears earned one, but the next two runs were unearned off a Sweets' error.
All three scores came with two outs on the board.
Now down 6-1, Walla Walla wasn't ready to call it a game. The Sweets came out for three runs off four hits in the top of the seventh, when Poplawski brought Josh Daniel home, a Denver Chavez single brought Scott Gottschling in and Adrian Williams came in off a past ball by batter Christian Ramirez.
Poplawski was left on third base.
Down 6-4, the Sweets had a chance - but scoring ended in the bottom of the eighth, when Corvallis posted another run off three hits, and left two runners on base.
Joey Wagman pitched the first seven innings, and Ronnie Johnson closed out the seventh and finished the game.
Williams led the Sweets with three hits. The Sweets left six runners on base in the loss.
The Sweets played Corvallis Saturday and conclude the series and their inaugural season tonight in Corvallis.
Walla Walla 010 000 300 - 4 9 1
Corvallis 200 103 010 - 7 12 0
Wagman, Johnson (7) and Stewart. Corwin, Emmons (5), Patito (6), Beatty (7), Boyd (8) and Davis.
HR - none.
Hits - Walla Walla: Chavez, Stewart, Daniel, Gottschling 2, Williams 3, Poplawski. Corvallis: Dykes, Jones, Blake, Haniger, Andriese 2, Dillard 2, Davis 3, Rodriguez.