WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Bruins suffered an AA Junior American Legion baseball sweep to the West Valley Bees Tuesday, 12-6 and 9-5, at Walla Walla Community College Tuesday.
The Bees jumped on the Bruins with a five-run first inning in the opener and never looked back.
In the nightcap, West Valley again had a quick start with seven runs in the first two stanzas.
"We're in a bit of a funk right now," Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. "We just have to work through it.
"We just left way too many guys on base and didn't make key defensive plays when needed."
Parsons did highlight the pitching of Luke Reardon, who went the first five innings of the nightcap.
"Luke pitched real well," he said.
The Bruins get an opportunity to shake their funk when the 11th annual Walla Walla Sweet Junior American Legion Tournament opens Thursday, with 15 teams playing games at Borleske Stadium, Murr Sports Park and WWCC.
The Bruins, 12-6 overall and 9-5 in Central Washington Junior American Legion League play, Kirkland Merchants at 8 p.m. Thursday at WWCC.
The Milton-Freewater Blazers open the tournament against Coeur d'Alene at 3 p.m. Thursday at Borleske.
The tournament continues through Sunday.
West Valley 500 202 2 - 11 14 0
Walla Walla 110 002 1 - 5 13 4
Peters, Pfaff (7) and Hariviere. Parnicke, Lake (6) and Lemke, Furstenberg (5).
HR - WW: Handcox.
Hits - WV: Vondeborke 3, Thomason 2, Bonnett 2, Swartz, Hariviere 2, Ross 3, Pfaff. WW: Handcox 3, Eggers 2, Lesmeister, Lemke, Martinez, Lake, Furstenberg 2, Arellano, Needham.
West Valley 430 000 1 - 8 10 2
Walla Walla 100 000 1 - 2 9 4
Ross and Pfaff. Reardon, Handcox (6) and Furstenberg.
HR - none.
Hits - WV: Vondeborke, Thomason, Conrad, Gavbot 3, Swartz, Collier, Pfaff, Onustck. WW: Eggers 2, Furstenberg 2, Henderson 3, Reardon, Lesmeister.