Bruins win Firecracker

The Bruins have a 14-hit offensive onslaught in the 14-1 tourney championship win over the Boise Senators.


BOISE - Walla Walla backed Will Parnicky's steady pitching performance with a 14-hit offensive onslaught and the Bruins pounded out a 14-1 victory over the Boise Senators in the championship game of the Boise Firecracker Junior American Legion baseball tournament here Sunday.

Parnicky fired a five-inning complete game, scattering five hits, striking out five and walking just one.

Six different Bruins picked up a pair of hits in the title game. And catcher Taylor Lemke's lone hit of the game, a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning, drove home three runs and put the finishing touches on the victory.

"This one kind of spiraled out of control for the Senators," said Bruins coach Jason Parsons, who watched his team beat the Boise squad for the second time in as many days. Walla Walla also beat the Senators 5-0 on Saturday, and the two finalists entered Sunday's championship game with identical 4-1 tournament records.

"The Senators are a good team," Parsons added. "They play very good defense."

Walla Walla took control of the game with three runs in the second inning and five in the third. A six-run fourth inning turned the game into a rout.

Spencer Cordeiro singled and raced home on Daniel Lake's double for the Bruins' first run of the game. After a Boise fielding error allowed Parnicky to reach safely, consecutive singles by Sean Hollenbeck, Moe Handcox and Josh Eggers produced two more runs, with Hollenbeck and Eggers collecting RBIs.

The Bruins combined three hits with three walks to plate five runs in the third. Cordeiro's second hit of the game knocked in a pair of runs and Lake came through for the second time with an RBI single.

Four more Walla Walla hits, including Lemke's bases-clearing double to deep center field, highlighted the six-run fourth inning.

Handcox, Parnicky, Eggers and Hollenbeck joined Cordeiro and Lake with two hits each for Walla Walla.

Walla Walla now heads to Lewiston for the annual Clancy Ellis Tournament that begins Thursday and wraps up on Sunday. The Bruins, who are 21-9 overall, open play Thursday night at 8 against the host Lewis-Clark Cubs at Harris Field on the Lewis-Clark State College campus.

Bruins 14, Senators 1

Walla Walla 035 60 - 14 14 1

Boise 000 01 - 1 5 3

Parnicky and Lemke; Dennis, Keefe (3) and Acosta.

Hits - WW: Handcox 2, Eggers 2, Lemke, Lesmeister, Cordeiro 2, Lake 2, Parnicky 2, Hollenbeck 2; Boise: Woolley 2, Wood, Keefe, Acosta.


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