Black Sox 14U wins Lightning Wood Bat title

Walla Walla rides stellar pitching to victories over Redmond and then East Wenatchee for the tourney title over the weekend.

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YAKIMA - Walla Walla Black Sox 14U opened the Yakima Lightning Wood Bat tournament with a 15-0 victory over East Valley's Red Hawks, followed by a 6-2 win over West Valley Saturday.

Those victories pitted the Black Sox against Redmond for a spot in the championship game Sunday. Walla Walla whipped the Steelheads, 9-0, behind a perfect game by Adam Mathews, to play East Wenatchee for the title.

The Black Sox also rode the arm of Spencer Locati in the championship and secured the title with the 5-0 win over the Titans.

Squeeze bunts by David Pontarolo and Nate Ortiz in the fifth inning of the finale secured the championship.

"The guys played very well this weekend," Black Sox coach Michael Postlewait said. "We collected big hits when we needed and played small ball when it counted. We were very pleased again by the work of our entire pitching staff only allowing two runs all weekend. With that output, it takes a lot of stress off the hitters.

"The kids should be real pleased with this tournament win, they worked hard and executed very well."

Eric Klicker started the first game Saturday for Walla Walla, going three innings and picking up the win, before being relieved by Salomon Arellano.

Ali Buentello pitched into the fifth inning of the second game Saturday, and Spencer Locati picked up the win after relieving him.

The Black Sox continue tournament play this weekend in the Tri-Cities.

Saturday's First Game

Black Sox 14U 403 62 - 15 13 0

East Valley 000 00 - 0 2 3

Klicker, Arellano (4) and Deuhn. Havck, Rossow (4) and Cox.

HR - none.

Hits - Black Sox 14U: Duehn, Locati 2, Mathews 3, Caudill 2, Klicker, Buentello, Galloway 2, Arellano. East Valley: Nester, Iback.

Saturday's Second Game

Black Sox 14U 100 005 0 - 6 8 1

West Valley 000 020 0 - 2 8 2

Buentello, Locati (5) and Ortiz. Ross, Peters (6), Avilia (7) and Johnson.

HR - none.

Hits - Black Sox 14U: Ortiz, Locati 2, Mathews, Klicker, Buentello, Galloway, Eskil. West Valley: Enquist, Larsan, Vandebeake, Ross 2, Johnson, Hood, Croshaw.

Sunday's First Game

Black Sox 14U 530 10 - 9 7 0

Redmond 000 00 - 0 0 0

Mathews and Deuhn. Cederberg, Dees (2) and Steckler.

HR - none.

Hits - Black Sox 14U: Locati 2, Mathews, Caudill 2, Klicker, Buentello. Redmond: none.

Sunday's Second Game

East Wenatchee 000 000 0 - 0 1 0

Black Sox 14U 000 041 0 - 5 5 1

Sugg, Haehl (5) and Daniel. Locati and Ortiz.

HR - none.

Hits - East Wenatchee: Daniel. Black Sox 14U: Klicker 3, Galloway, Pontarolo.

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