BREMERTON, Wash. - Walla Walla's West Coast League road woes continued here Sunday as the Sweets dropped a 7-6 decision in 13 innings to the Kitsap BlueJackets.
The Sweets, in the midst of a nine-game road trip, suffered their seventh consecutive defeat and their ninth in the past 11 games.
After being swept at Bend and here in a pair of three-game series to open their long road swing, the Walla Wallans get their first look at the Bellingham Bells tonight when they open a three-game series at Joe Martin Field. The first pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.
In Sunday's hard-luck loss that dropped the Sweets' season mark to 4-11 and seven games behind Wenatchee the WCL's Eastern Division, Walla Walla banged out 13 hits and held leads of 3-1 midway in the fourth inning and 6-3 going to the bottom of the ninth. But the BlueJackets rallied for three runs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, then outlasted the Sweets until the bottom of the 13th when they pushed across the winning run.
Kitsap catcher Chase Anselment, a University of Washington sophomore, was one of three BlueJackets to finish with three hits, and one of them left the yard.
Shortstop Bobby Tannehill of Green River Community College in Edmonds and center fielder Cody Brooks of Saint Martin's University of Lacey also collected three hits each. Tannehill had a double and scored twice while Brooks tapped three singles, drove in a run and scored once.
Second baseman Chris Escobar and third baseman Brandon Healy each drove in a pair of runs for the home team.
Shortstop Marshall Yanzick, left fielder Andy Matthews, designated hitter Curtis Dupart, catcher Elliot Stewart and center fielder Scott Gottschling had two hits each for the Sweets. Dupart, Gottschling and right fielder Christian Ramirez slugged doubles for the visitors while Stewart and second baseman Kevin Williams each collected a pair of RBIs.
Chris Kerns, who pitched the final 3 1/3 innings for Walla Walla, took the loss, his first of the season, and Koji Hamaguchi, the last of eight Kitsap pitchers used manager Matt Acker, was the winner.
Walla Walla 001 200 030 000 0-6 13 3
Kitsap 100 000 203 000 1-7 16 0
Young, Overbay (8), Kerns (9) and Stewart; Helvey, Walsch (4), Gonzales (7), Kohorst (7), Morris (8), Harvey (9), Saltvick (13), Hamaguchi (13) and Anselment.
HR - Kitsap, Anselment (2).
Hits - WW: Ramirez, Poplawski, Yanzick 2, Matthews 2, Dupart 2, Stewart 2, Gottschling 2, Williams; Kitsap: Escobar, Healy 2, Anselment 3, Mistone, Gagnon, Tannehill 3, Brooks 3, Murren, Bloom.
West Coast League
W L GB
Wenatchee AppleSox 11 4 -
Kelowna Falcons 6 11 6
Moses Lake Pirates 5 10 6
Walla Walla Sweets 4 11 7
W L GB
Bend Elks 13 4 -
Kitsap BlueJackets 10 4 1 1/2
Bellingham Bells 11 9 3 1/2
Corvallis Knights 7 8 5
Cowlitz Black Bears 4 10 7 1/2
Kitsap 7, Walla Walla 6
Corvallis 4, Kelowna 1
Bend 9, Cowlitz 4
Moses Lake 6, Bellingham 5
Bend at Kitsap, 1:05 p.m.
Walla Walla at Bellingham, 6:35 p.m.
Kelowna at Corvallis, 6:35 p.m.