Walla Walla Bears win Sandy Tournament championship

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SANDY, Ore. - The Walla Walla Bears ended their Senior American Legion season with a championship at the Sandy Tournament here Sunday.

The Bears defeated the Vancouver Cardinals, 8-6, Saturday to set up Sunday's title matchup against the Vancouver Coyotes. Walla Walla win the tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes.

"This tournament started well (with wins Thursday and Friday) and we finished strong," Bears coach Blaine Mercado said. "It (the championship) was a really well-played game."

Ryley Croghan pitched the first four innings of the finale, Marc Garza came in for two innings and Bret Lambert closed out the victory.

The Bears, with a 22-18 final record, also watched Jake Fife tally a hit for his 29th straight game with a hit.

"(The season) had it's ups and downs, but these guys came out and played hard, and we had a lot of fun doing it," Mercado said.

Bears 8, Cardinals 6

Bears 005 110 1 - 8 12 1

Cardinals 101 101 2 - 6 13 1

Windsor and Holbrook. Kreuger, Wisner (5) and Coulter.

Hits - WW: Flippo 2, Holbrook 2, Fife 2, Garza, Trukositz, Lemke 2, Martinez 2. Van: Whalen 2, Perry 2, Atkinson 2, Coulter 2, Adams, Yigner, Henderson 3.

Bears 4, Coyotes 1

Coyotes 001 000 0 - 1 5 2

Bears 000 040 x - 4 8 0

Thorpe, Anderson (6) and Jones. Croghan, Garza (5), Lambert (7) and Holbrook.

HR - Van: Frasier.

Hits - Van: Frasier 3, J. Virtue, C. Virtue. WW: Flippo, Holbrook, Fife, Lemke 2, Maddess 2, Byerley.

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