WALLA WALLA - Exchange Club capped a perfect season by claiming the 2010 Walla Walla Championship in Babe Ruth baseball action at Borleske Stadium Wednesday night.
Exchange Club was up 8-2, when Walla Walla Transmission put up a three-spot in its half of the fourth inning to cut Exchange's lead to 8-5. Exchange responded with an eight-run fifth to earn a 16-5 win.
The win secured the city championship for Exchange and capped an undefeated, 21-0 season.
"There are a lot of good players on this Exchange team," Exchange manager Rod Fazzari said. "There are no weaknesses in the line up and they keep the pressure on. I'm really proud of them."
Exchange got it started in the top of the first as Lucas Fazzari plated two runs with a two-out single to center, his first of four hits on the night, as Exchange grabbed a 3-0 lead.
Pat Ferrall drew a lead-off walk as Transmission answered in the home first. Ferrall stole second and third, and scored on an overthrow at third. Devon Pelham drew a walk and Chris Neal singled, but Exchange starting pitcher Aron Fazzari got out of the jam and stranded the potential tying run on first.
A Justin Lemus single and a bases-loaded walk to Hayden Box got another run for Exchange in the second. Third-inning RBI singles from Justin Knight and Gavin McEvoy stretched the Exchange lead to 6-1.
Transmission answered as Ferrall legged out an infield single and Justin Elsum chased him home with a double, cutting the lead to 6-2 after three.
Box unloaded a run-scoring triple and Lucas Fazzari produced another Exchange tally with an infield hit as Exchange seemed to be in control with an 8-2 lead going to the home fourth.
Transmission got a lead-off single from Marshall Mabley, who promptly stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch to start the home fourth.
Manny Agulair and John Terry drew base-on balls, and two errant pitches, and two Exchange misplays later, Transmission had cut the lead to 8-5 after four as both Agulair and Terry came around to score.
"They (Transmission) are a good team," manager Fazzari said of the Transmission rally. "They've got a lot of ball players on that team that can play."
The undefeated Exchange club responded. Lemus got it started with a one-out double. Box singled in two. Lucas Fazzari's single plated another. Knight's blooper dropped in short right field for a two-run single, and McEvoy capped the uprising with a two-run single inside the left field foul line, and Exchange plated eight runs to grab a 16-5 lead.
"We kept focused and kept the pressure on," Fazzari said. "We've had some really close games (this season), and these guys just don't get nervous. I was really pleased with the way they responded to the pressure as Transmission gave us a great battle."
McEvoy, in relief of Aron Fazzari, worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth and Exchange had its perfect season and a city title.
"It was awesome," Fazzari said of the title and season. "It was a lot of fun!"
Exchange Club 312 28 - 16 14 3
WW Transmission 101 30 - 5 4 1
A. Fazzari, McEvoy (4) and Knight; Mabley, Neal (4), Pelham (5) and Neal, Mabley (4).
HR - none.
Hits - Exchange: P. Fazzari 2, L. Fazzari 4, Lemus 2, McEvoy 2, Knight 2, Box 2; Transmission: Neal, P. Ferrall, Elsum, Mabley.