Bears finish fourth in annual Sweet Invite

The Bears lose to Hanford and the Toyota Baseball Club on Sunday.

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WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Bears ended up fourth in their annual summer baseball tournament that wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

Walla Walla was doubled up by Hanford, 8-4, in a semi-final contest Sunday morning on Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way field and were outlasted by the Toyota Baseball Club, 19-18, in the third- and fourth-places game at Borleske Stadium.

"We swung the bats real well," Walla Walla coach Blaine Mercado said. "We did not perform very well on the mound. We gave a lot of effort and I can't fault them for that."

Northwest Star Academy edged Hanford, 9-8, in eight innings in the championship game at WWCC. Its appearance in the title game was secured when it nipped Toyota Baseball Club, 8-7, at Borleske Stadium Sunday morning.

The Bears conclude their season this weekend when they compete at a tournament in Sandy, Ore., beginning Thursday.

Hanford 8, Bears 4

The Flames obliterated a scoreless tie by scoring all eight of their runs in the second inning. Blake Eastman capped the blitz with a three-run home run to right field.

Another big hit in the inning came off the bat of Austin Steele - a two-RBI single to right that delivered runs four and five for Hanford.

Walla Walla scored twice in both the third and fifth innings. Aaron Trukositz brought in the Bears' second run in the third with a single to right and Marc Garza smashed a two-run homer to left-center in inning five.

Ryley Croghan pitched 4 1/3 innings of three-hit relief for the Bears without allowing a run.

Toyota Baseball Club 19, Bears 18

Walla Walla dropped its final tourney game despite six hits from Justin Windsor and 23 overall.

Toyota tallied twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out a third-place triumph.

Jake Fife added four hits and four runs batted in for the Bears. Ryan James, Vic Mata and Morgan Maddess - who knocked in three runs - contributed three hits apiece.

Croghan had two hits for Walla Walla.

Marshall Byerley hit a lead-off home run in the fifth inning to jumpstart a five-run Bears' rally.

Hanford 8, Bears 4

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Mata, Croghan (2) and Holbrook; Scheibe and Sanders.

HR - Walla Walla: Garza; Hanford: Eastman.

Hits - Walla Walla: Holbrook 2, Garza 2, Toon, Trukositz, Fife; Hanford: Hoskins 2, Eastman 2, Wagner 2, Jones 2, Payne, Steele.

Toyota Baseball Club 19, Bears 18

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Toyota 002 429 2 - 19 19 2

Toon, Jimenez (5), Holbrook (5), Garza (5), Fife (7) and Croghan; Brueske, Vernon (5), Hansen (5), Padilla (7) and Beliel.

HR - Walla Walla: Byerley.

Hits - Walla Walla: Windsor 6, Fife 4, James 3, Maddess 3, Mata 3, Croghan 2, Byerley, Stauffer; Toyota: Stevens 4, Teegarden 4, Padilla 3, Cavanaugh 2, Strain 2, Cary 2, Smith, Beliel.

Walla Walla Bears tournament

Sunday scores

Hanford 8, Walla Walla 4 (semifinal)

Northwest Star Academy 8, Toyota Baseball Club 7 (semifinal)

Northwest Star Academy 9, Hanford 8, eight innings (championship game)

Toyota Baseball Club 19, Walla Walla 18 (third/fourth)

Hodgen Distributing 11, Pasco 3 (fifth/sixth)

Spokane 13, Seattle 5 (seventh/eighth)

Bonneville 10, Seattle Select 0 (ninth/10th)

Jerome 11, La Grande 10 (11th/12th)

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