Walla Walla Bruins finish second in annual Junior American Legion baseball tourney

The Bruins score six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of their tournament title game, but Richland hangs on for the 11-9 victory.



Sean Hollenbeck helped the Walla Walla Bruins into the championship game of their annual tournament Sunday, but a late rally fell just short to Richland's Knights. Here, Hollenbeck draws a crowd of Pepsi defenders as he advances to second base and watches teammate Nick Ocanaz score in the sixth inning of the Bruins' 8-0 win over the DiamondJaxx during tournament play Saturday.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla's Bruins came up just short in their quest to capture the championship of their annual Junior American Legion baseball tournament that wrapped up on Sunday.

The Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday's championship game, but fell to the Richland Knights, 11-9, at Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way field.

Earlier on Sunday, Walla Walla earned a berth in the title contest with a 3-2 win over Team Rudi of Baker City, Ore.

The Bruins concluded tournament play 5-1 and now stand at 15-11 overall.

"The kids showed a lot of resilience," Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons said. "It was a fun tournament and our kids played well all tournament long."

Knights 11, Bruins 9

Richland broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the second inning before Walla Walla scored twice in the bottom half of the frame. Will Parnicky delivered the first run with a single.

The Knight added three runs in both the third and sixth innings prior to the Bruins' comeback.

Walla Walla picked up a run in the sixth to bring the score to 11-3.

Tyler Stevenson registered a two-run single to commence the Bruins' scoring in the seventh. Taylor Lemke and Michael Pontarolo, who manufactured four hits in the game, both contributed run-producing hits.

Both teams ended up with 15 hits, but Walla Walla did itself in with five errors.

"Richland scored in three different innings, and in each inning, we made a mistake and that's what cost us," Parsons said.

Bruins 3, Team Rudi 2

Walla Walla tallied all of its runs in the first inning and they were more than enough to back the complete-game, six-hit pitching of Jake Campeau.

The Bruins spotted Team Rudi a run in the first before going to work. Pontarolo tied the game with an RBI infield single, Brett Christina brought in the second run with a double, and Mike Lesmeister came up with the final run batted in on an infield grounder.

Team Rudi scored its final run in the fifth. It got the potential tying run to second base with one out in the seventh before Campeau recorded back-to-back strikeouts.

Knights 11, Bruins 9

Richland 053 003 0 - 11 15 2

Walla Walla 020 001 6 - 9 15 5

Hall, Shaw (7) and Morris; Cordeiro, Handcox (3), D. Christina (7) and Furstenberg, Lemke (7).

HR - none.

Hits - Richland: Roach 3, Klute 3, Hall 2, Hilty 2, Ruane, Moore, Morris, Imhoff, Poznanski; Walla Walla: Pontarolo 4, Parnicky 3, Stevenson 2, B. Christina 2, Cordeiro, Handcox, Campeau, Lemke.

Bruins 3, Team Rudi 2

Team Rudi 100 010 0 - 2 6 0

Walla Walla 300 000 x - 3 8 3

Barr and Richards; Campeau and Lemke.

HR - none.

Hits - Team Rudi: Everson 2, Durflinger, Richards, Freese, Blankenship; Walla Walla: Handcox 2, Pontarolo 2, Stevenson 2, B. Christina, Lemke.

Walla Walla Bruins tournament

Sunday's scores

Richland 11, Walla Walla 9 (1st/2nd)

Triple Play 16, Team Rudi 10 (3rd/4th)

Yakima 9, La Grande 8 (5th/6th)

Pasco 11, Boise 9 (7th/8th)

Coeur d'Alene 9, Pepsi DiamondJaxx 8 (9th/10th)

Seattle Rainiers 10, Northwest Krush 5 (11th/12th)


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