Walla Walla Bears split doubleheader

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WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Bears split a high-scoring doubleheader at WWCC Friday with the Kennewick Bandits.

The Bears capitulated the early contest to the Bandits 11-7, before rallying for the 9-5 game two victory.

The Bandits broke up a 2-2 tie with a seven-spot in the third.

The Bears tallied two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to close the deficit to 10-7, but that was as close as they would get.

Victor Mata came on in relief in the fourth inning and held the Bandits to two runs in three innings.

Brett Lambert pitched a scoreless seventh.

The tables turned in game two.

The Bears torpedoed a tight 2-1 game with a six-run fourth inning.

The Bears' six came via six consecutive walks followed by a Marc Garza bases-clearing triple.

The Bandits tacked on three more runs in the game, but an insurance two-mark in the bottom of the sixth sealed the victory for the Bears.

Garza finished the game with four hits, and six hits for the day.

Jake Fife contributed four-bagger to the Bears' game two offensive outburst-one of his three hits on the day.

Justin Windsor earned the victory, surrendering four runs in five innings of work.

"Our starting pitcher lost control a bit (in game one)," Bears coach Blaine Mercado said. "And once you fall behind batters, they know what you're going to throw and hit you hard. Victor Mata did a great job in relief for three innings."

"In the second game, their pitcher lost control. We added on in the sixth and held on against a really good ball club," Mercado said.

First Game

Kenn. Bandits 027 011 0 - 11 18 2

WW Bears 020 230 0 - 7 8 2

Westermeyer, Bowe (5), B. Jackson (6) and Murfin; Croghan, Mata (4), Lambert (7) and Holbrook.

HR - none.

Hits - Ken: Stemp 3, Henderson, O'Neill 2, B. Jackson 2, Mendenhall 3, Murfin, T. Jackson 3, Bartleson, Loftus 2; WW: Byerley, Garza 2, Windsor 2, Holbrook, Fife, Jimenez.

Second Game

Kenn. Bandits 001 121 0 - 5 7 0

WW Bears 100 602 x - 9 7 1

Leatherwood, Rude (4), Morby (6) and Jones, Murfin (6); Windsor, Toon (6), Garza (7) and Croghan.

HR - WW: Fife.

Hits - Ken: Munoz, O'Neill, T. Jackson, Mendenhall, Marston, Morby 2; WW: Byerley, Garza 4, Fife 2.

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