SPOKANE - After getting a combined no-hit pitching performance from Ryan Kimball and Logan Cordeiro in a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Crush in the semifinals of the Spokane Wood Bat Tournament here Sunday, another Spokane team nearly turned the tables on Walla Walla's 13-and-under Black Sox youth baseball team in the championship game.
A pair of Spokane Outlaws combined on a one-hitter and defeated the Black Sox 1-0 in eight innings to decide the championship.
Walla Walla finished with a 4-1 tournament record. The Black Sox began play Friday with an 8-4 victory over the Spokane Toros and followed up on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over a team from the Tri-Cities and a 13-3 win over the Sunnyside Grizzlies to reach Sunday's trophy round.
Kyle Barker's single accounted for Walla Walla's lone hit in the championship game.
However, Barker was also the losing pitcher in the game as he yielded two hits and Spokane's only run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ty Jacobson (four innings), Blake McKinney (two innings) and Kimball (one inning) had combined on a six-hit shutout through the first seven innings.
Kimball pitched the first four innings and Cordeiro the final three in the no-hit semifinal victory over the Spokane Crush. They had eight strikeouts between them and Kimball was charged with one earned run when he walked three Crush batters.
The Black Sox had just five hits in the game, one each by Anders Davidson, Dillon Trapani, Jackson Kent, Cordeiro and Barker. Trapani and Barker knocked in a run each.
Against Sunnyside in a game that was stopped after four innings, Reid Magnaghi and Jacobson had two hits each. Magnaghi and Jacobson were also credited with two runs batted in each, as were Nelson Carpenter and Kent.
The victory over Tri-Cities, which avenged a loss to that team a week earlier in tournament play in Selah, was sparked by Cameron Richman's three hits, which included a pair of doubles. Carpenter, Kimball and Trapani had two hits apiece, with Kimball driving home three runs and Trapani credited two two RBIs.
"I'm very pleased with how the boys played in this wood-bat tournament," Black Sox coach Clint Hale said. "We played some great competition and came away with the second place trophy, our second trophy in as many weeks."
The Black Sox finished third in the Selah tourney.
"Our pitching was phenomenal and everyone stepped up at one point or another to get us into the championship game," Hale said. "We came up a little short against (the Outlaws) but gave them everything they wanted, losing on a bang-bang play at the plate with two outs in the eighth inning."
Walla Walla is now 22-12 on the season after a 1-7 start. They play at Moses Lake Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.
Walla Walla 8, Tri-Cities 6
Tri-Cities 300 012 0 - 6 8 2
Walla Walla 210 104 0 - 8 13 1
Heid, Anderson (5), Ca. Miller (6) and Juergens, Kjarmo (5); McKinney, Carpenter (4) and Richman.
Hits - Tri-Cities: Henry 3, Miles, Kjarmo, Ch. Miller, Anderson, Leahy; WW: Davidson, Carpenter 2, Richman 3, Kimball 2, Jacobson, Trapani 2, Kent, McKinney.
Walla Walla 13, Sunnyside 3
Walla Walla (11)02 0 - 13 8 1
Sunnyside 003 0 - 3 2 4
Richman, McKeown (3), Trapani (3) and Barker; Martinez, Palomorez (1) and Hurst.
Hits - WW: Magnaghi 2, Richman, Kimball, Jacobson 2, Kent, McKinney; Sunnyside: Kupp, Salmeron.
Walla Walla 3, Spokane Crush 1
Spokane 001 000 0 - 1 0 2
Walla Walla 002 010 x - 3 5 0
Whitman, Foster (5) and Ferster; Kimball, Cordeiro (4) and Richman.
Hits - Spokane: none; WW: Davidson, Trapani, Kent, McKinney, Barker.
Spokane Outlaws 1, Walla Walla 0
Walla Walla 000 000 00 - 0 1 2
Spokane 000 000 01 - 1 8 0
Jacobson, McKinney (5), Kimball (7), Barker (8) and Richman; Munt, Garcia (5) and Rathbone.
Hits - WW: Barker; Spokane: Weber 2, Garcia, Rothbone, Munt 3, Chaffin.