Bruins split in tourney's third round

The Bruins top Lower Columbia 14-4, then lose to the Diamondbacks 12-8. They play Sockeye Baseball Club at 8:30 this morning.



Walla Walla Bruin's Jarrod Needham wide slides to third base to avoid the tag during top of the fifth inning play against Whitman County Friday night. The Bruins won 12-0 with the mercy rule in five.


Walla Walla's Luke Reardon has his moment in the sun as he rounds the bases following an early 2 run home run against Whitman County Friday night.


Whitman County's Zach Druffel tries for---but just misses---the over the shoulder catch against the Walla Walla Bruins Friday night.


In a tight race to 1st, Whitman County's John Buscher barely beats the ball to the glove of Walla Walla 1st baseman Spencer Cordeiro during the Cougars final throes in the bottom of the 5th inning Friday night. Walla Walla squelched the effort with the 12-0 mercy rule win.

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Bruins split a pair of games at Walla Walla Community College's Warrior Field on Saturday during session three of their annual Junior American Legion baseball tournament.

Walla Walla dropped a 12-8 decision to the Kuna Diamondbacks before upending Lower Columbia, 14-4, to improve to 3-1 in tournament play and earn a berth in today's semifinal round.

The Bruins will face Sockeye Baseball Club at WWCC while the Washington Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the tourney's only undefeated team at 4-0, plays Kirkland in the day's other semifinal at Borleske Stadium. Both games are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

Winners will play in the championship game at Warrior Field. The losers will face off for third and fourth at Borleske Stadium. Game time for the afternoon tilts is 1:30 today.

"If we're going to go any further in this tournament, we have to tighten up our defense," said Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons, whose team committed nine errors on Saturday.

Milton-Freewater's Blazers suffered a 3-2 setback to Meridian on Saturday at Murr Sports Park to fall to 1-3 in the tournament. M-F plays Lower Columbia for places nine and 10 today at 1:30 at the Murr complex.

On Friday, the Bruins blanked Whitman County, 12-0. Milton-Freewater beat Bothell, 16-4, and lost to Washington FCA, 14-3.

Bruins 14, Lower Columbia 4

Spencer Cordeiro blasted a first-inning grand slam home run to get Walla Walla off to a good start against their guests from the Kelso-Longview area.

Sean Hollenbeck capped what ended up being a five-run, first-inning rally with an RBI single to center field.

The Bruins scored four runs in the second. Mike Lesmeister delivered a two-RBI single, Cordeiro socked a run-scoring triple, and starting pitcher Luke Reardon helped his own cause with a one-run hit.

Walla Walla scored twice in the fourth inning and added three more tallies to their run total in the sixth. Taylor Lemke socked a one-out, solo home run and Luke Flippo ended the game due to the 10-run mercy rule with a two-run single to center.

Reardon scattered 10 hits over six innings. Lemke, Cordeiro and Reardon collected three hits apiece. Josh Eggers and Jarrod Needham had two each for the Bruins.

"Luke was good," Parsons said. "They are a good-hitting team.

"We had pretty good approaches at the plate."

Diamondbacks 12, Bruins 8

A six-run sixth inning proved to be the difference for Kuna as it handed Walla Walla its first tournament loss.

The Bruins trailed 3-1 before rallying for three runs in the second inning. Hollenbeck produced a two-run double and Moe Handcox drilled an RBI single.

Infield outs resulted in Bruin runs in innings four and five.

In the seventh, Needham had an RBI double and Cordeiro spanked a single for the final run of the game.

Rangers 3, Blazers 2

Three unearned runs proved to be and third with one in the bottom of the seventh, but could not score.

Brandon James pitched a four-hitter for M-F and Willie McCoy paced the Blazers' offense with two hits.

Bruins 12, Cougars 0

Reardon's grand slam in the first inning set the tone for Walla Walla's rout of Whitman County.

Big hits in a six-run Bruins' second were Hollenbeck's RBI single, a two-run single by Will Parnicky, and a two-RBI two-bagger by Luke Flippo.

Walla Walla scored twice in the fifth. Reardon lifted a sacrifice fly and Anthony Arellano singled in run No. 12.

Cordeiro and Zane Henderson combined on a four-hitter. Henderson pitched innings three, four, and five for the win.

"Spence and Zane were pretty efficient on the mound," Parsons said.

Washington FCA 14, Blazers 3

A quartet of runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and three more in the seventh, powered Washington FCA to its triumph over the Blazers.

"They're a solid-hitting team," Milton-Freewater coach Mike Garcia said of Washington FCA. "They hit all the way through the order. It was a good game until the fourth inning."

Jacob Partney had three hits for M-F.

Blazers 16, Cyclones 4

Milton-Freewater scored in every frame of the six-inning affair but the second and took advantage of 14 walks issued by Bothell pitchers.

Kevin Cuellar tossed all six frames for M-F and did not walk a batter.

"We hit better with runners on base," Garcia said. "We told the guys to be patient.

"Kevin did a great job," Garcia said. "He placed the ball well. Willie (McCoy, the team's catcher) called a good game."

Bruins 14, Lower Columbia 4

LC 020 002 - 4 10 3

Bruins 540 203 - 14 17 5

Sims, Wemmer (2), Myklebust (6) and Dahl; Reardon and Lemke.

HR - Bruins: Cordeiro, Lemke.

Hits - Lower Columbia: McCormick 3, Dahl 2, Johnson 2, Lafave, Smith, Radcliffe; Bruins: Lemke 3, Cordeiro 3, Reardon 3, Needham 2, Eggers 2, Handcox, Hollenbeck, Lesmeister, Flippo.

Diamondbacks 12, Bruins 8

D-backs 210 026 1 - 12 12 2

Bruins 130 110 2 - 8 10 4

Francis, Florenzen (2) and Packham; Lesmeister, Needham (6) and Furstenberg.

HR - Diamondbacks: Packham.

Hits - Diamondbacks: Hernandez 3, Packham 3, Bunn 3, Kerbs 2, Hoch; Bruins: Handcox 2, Parnicky 2, Hollenbeck, Furstenberg, Lake, Lemke, Needham, Cordeiro.

Rangers 3, Blazers 2

Rangers 010 200 0 - 3 4 2

Blazers 010 100 0 - 2 7 2

Valdez and Kidd; James and McCoy.

HR - none.

Hits - Rangers: Hart, Valdez, Lainhart, Crow; Blazers: McCoy 2, Sheets, A. Ortiz, Cuellar, Ley, Shuler.

Bruins 12, Cougars 0

Bruins 460 02 - 12 9 0

Cougars 000 00 - 0 4 4

Cordeiro, Henderson (3) and Furstenberg; Cillay, Buscher (2) and Nestegard.

HR - Bruins: Reardon.

Hits - Bruins: Hollenbeck 2, Furstenberg 2, Reardon, Parnicky, Flippo, Henderson, Arellano; Cougars: Bledsoe 2, Cillay, Buscher.

Washington FCA 14, Blazers 3

Wash FCA 201 440 3 - 14 11 1

Blazers 102 000 0 - 3 9 1

Sheets, Quempts (5), S. Ortiz (7) and McCoy.

HR - none.

Hits - Washington FCA: Payton 3, Gaurd 3, Dosch 2, Fedor, Murphy, Hatakeda; Blazers: Partney 3, McCoy 2, Garcia 2, A. Ortiz, Leinbach.

Blazers 16, Cyclones 4

Blazers 203 614 - 16 10 3

Cyclones 300 001 - 4 8 1

Cuellar and McCoy; O'bannon, Johnson (4), Burns (6), Schormann (6) and Flett, Clawson (5).

HR - none.

Hits - Blazers: Sheets 2, A. Ortiz 2, Thacker 2, Leinbach, Cuellar, Partney, McCoy; Cyclones: O'bannon 2, Shaw 2, Clawson, Flett, Johnson, Schormann.

Walla Walla Bruins tournament

Today's schedule

at Walla Walla Community College

8:30 a.m. - Walla Walla vs. Sockeye (semifinal)

11 a.m. - Meridian vs. Yakima (fifth/sixth)

1:30 p.m. - Championship game

at Borleske Stadium

8:30 a.m. - Washington FCA vs. Kirkland (semifinal)

11 a.m. - Foss vs. La Grande (seventh/eighth)

1:30 p.m. - Consolation (third/fourth)

at Murr Sports Park

8:30 a.m. - Bothell vs. Boise (13th/14th)

11 a.m. - Coeur d'Alene vs. Kuna (11th/12th)

1:30 p.m. - Lower Columbia vs. Milton-Freewater (ninth/10th)

Saturday's scores

Sockeye 13, Coeur d'Alene 3

Washington FCA 9, Foss 8

Kuna 12, Walla Walla 8

Walla Walla 14, Lower Columbia 4

Yakima 11, Boise 1

Kirkland 21, Whitman County 3

La Grande 17, Boise 4

Meridian 16, Bothell 9

Meridian 3, Milton-Freewater 2

Friday's scores

Meridian 20, Foss 0

Coeur d'Alene 20, Boise 3

Milton-Freewater 16, Bothell 4

La Grande 9, Sockeye 4

Walla Walla 12, Whitman County 0

Washington FCA 9, Bothell 7

Kirkland 2, Kuna 1

Lower Columbia 18, Whitman County 8

Kirkland 9, Lower Columbia 4

Washington FCA 14, Milton-Freewater 3

Sockeye 7, Yakima 5

La Grande 6, Coeur d'Alene 2


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