Bears play for third in Bandit Bash tourney

The Walla Walla Bears pick up their first loss of the Kennewick tournament in a 12-6 downing to the Spokane Northstars.

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KENNEWICK - The Walla Walla Bears will play for third place in the Bandit Bash baseball tournament at 10 a.m. today after posting a 3-1 record during the opening three sessions of the event that began Thursday at Southridge High School.

Walla Walla suffered its first tourney loss on Saturday. The Bears committed eight errors in a 12-6 loss to the Spokane Northstars.

The defeat followed a dramatic 1-0, 13-inning win over the tournament hosts on Friday and a pair of triumphs on Thursday - 8-3 against the Spokane Heat and 7-4 over the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen.

Northstars 12, Bears 6

The Bears enjoyed a 3-1 lead after two innings before Spokane rallied with two runs in the third to tie the game and six more in the fourth to take the lead for good.

Walla Walla took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk and tallied twice in the second on a Conner Holbrook single.

The Northstars were aided by four Bears' errors in the third frame prior to their six-run fourth.

Morgan Maddess drove a two-RBI double into the right-center field alley as part of a three-run fifth inning that brought the Bears within three, 9-6, but the local nine would get no closer.

Bears 1, Bandits 0

The Bears and the Bandits faced off on Friday, with the Bears coming out ahead, 1-0, in 13 innings.

Jake Campeau pitched the complete-game shutout win for the Walla Wallans.

"He was absolutely outstanding," said Bears coach Brian Kitamura. "He was able to go deep in the game and finish off his gem because he was extremely efficient on the mound."

Campeau let 18 Bandit batters go after the first or second pitch and had 19 ground ball outs, scattering seven hits, striking out nine and walking one.

The lone score of the game came in the 13th inning, when Jake Jimenez lead off with a single. Victor Mata bunted to first and Jimenez slid safely to second, then Matt Watson hit a fly to center field, advancing Jimenez to third.

Maddess then hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing Jimenez home for the lead and the win.

Bears 8, Heat 3

Walla Walla ended the competitive nature of this game with two runs in the second inning and four more in the third.

Campeau led the Bears with three hits.

Drew Christina and Watson combined on a six-hitter.

Bears 7, Lumbermen 4

Holbrook, Maddess and Neal Schuck collected two hits apiece as the Bears scored five times in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie in their tournament opener.

Saturday's Game

Northstars 12, Bears 6

Northstars 102 600 3 - 12 9 4

Bears 120 030 0 - 6 6 8

Bardwell, Fitzpatrick (6) and Sjordal; Wujek, Mata (5) and Holbrook.

Hits - Northstars: Lockabill 2, Wolf, Costello, Auberry, Crater, Sjordal, Goehring, Mattingly. Bears: Holbrook 2, Mata 2, Pontarolo, Maddess.

Friday's Game

Bears 1, Bandits 0

Bears 000 000 000 000 1 - 1 12 2

Bandits 000 000 000 000 0 - 0 7 2

Campeau and Holbrook; T. Jackson, Guin (8) and Wilz.

Hits - Bears: Schuck 2, Toon 2, James, Jimenez 3, Mata 3, Pontarolo. Heat: Stemp 3, Jackson 2, Pocasangre, Darby.

Thursday's Games

Bears 8, Heat 3

Bears 024 000 1 - 8 10 1

Heat 000 300 0 - 3 6 3

D. Christina, Watson (7) and Holbrook; Durran, Schmidt (4) and Periera.

Hits - Bears: Pontarolo, Holbrook, Toon, James, Campeau 3, B. Christina 2, Maddess. Heat: Lockhert, Lahonta 2, Durran, Ulrich, Periera.

Bears 7, Couer d'Alene Lumbermen 4

Lumbermen 000 200 2 - 4 8 2

Bears 020 500 x - 7 10 0

Storm, Cade (4) and DeHaas; James and Holbrook.

Hits - Lumbermen: Comack, Pattis, Cabaza, Hoffman, Cade, Curtis 2, Roletto. Bears: Schuck 2, Holbrook 2, Toon, Watson, Mata, Maddess 2, Pontarolo.

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