Griz 10-run Shockers in win

Three Griz collect two hits each in the 13-3 tournament win over Hermiston's Shockers.

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BAD HOP---A Hermiston hit takes a bad hop in the infield dirt and Walla Walla's Adam Matthews just misses the barehanded grab during Saturday afternoon's game at WWCC. July 23, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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RUNDOWN SHOCK---Walla Walla's Ali Buentello glances over his shoulder at a fast-approaching Zeke Demos of Hermiston after having been caught in the rundown between 1st and 2nd base. Buentello went out on the play. July 23, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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SLIDING UNDER THE TAG---The ball smacks into the glove of Hermiston's Jay Hindeman in a puff of dust but Walla Walla's Tyson Snarr makes the slide under the tag to be safe at 2nd base. July 23, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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A BALL TO THE BACK---Lead-off batter Jay Zamora grimaces as he takes a ball to the back from a wild pitch by Hermistion pitcher Rylen Crawford during the 1st inning of Saturday afternoon's game with the Shockers. Zamora moved to 1st base to start off a big, 5 run inning for Walla Walla. July 23, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

WALLA WALLA - A trio of Walla Walla Griz collected two hits apiece and pitcher Zach Zehner recorded his seventh win of the summer during a 13-3, loser-out victory over the Hermiston Shockers in single A district baseball action Saturday afternoon at Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way field.

Ali Buentello, Daniel Heath and Tyson Snarr were the Griz registering multiple hits in the game, which was stopped after four-and-a-half innings on the 10-run mercy rule.

Zehner allowed just four hits.

"He's been our best statistical pitcher," Walla Walla coach Ryan Van Dyke said. "He's improving every time out."

Walla Walla travels to Moses Lake today with state tournament hopes very much alive. The Griz, though, must beat the home team twice to advance to next weekend's single A tourney in Olympia.

Today's activity begins at 1 p.m.

The Griz came out hotter than the summer weather on Saturday. Walla Walla plated five runs on three hits in the first inning. Buentello knocked in the first run with a double to right field. Nate Sumerlin and Heath delivered two-RBI hits later in the frame - a double to right and a single to left, respectively.

Adam Mathews brought home the first tally in a three-run second inning for Walla Walla with a single to right. An error and a passed ball accounted for the latter two runs in the inning.

Buentello increased the Griz lead to 9-0 with a single to left in the third.

Hermiston cut its deficit to seven, 9-2, in the fourth after a Jimmy Garcia double that chased in two runs.

Walla Walla responded with four runs in the bottom of inning four. Heath socked an RBI single, Snarr scored a pair with a triple to center, and the last run came to fruition thanks to a wild pitch.

"That's one of the things we've been pressing this year - approach," Van Dyke said. "After two strikes, you have to open up and protect."

The Shockers added a run in the fifth, but it was not enough to prevent the game from being halted.

Griz 13, Shockers 3

Shockers 000 21 - 3 4 3

Griz 531 4x - 13 10 3

Crawford, Muldoon (3) and Almaguer. Zehner and Fulmer.

HR - none.

Hits - Shockers: Muldoon 2, Demos, Garcia. Griz: Buentello 2, Heath 2, Snarr 2, Sumerlin, Mathews, Martinez, Zamora.

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