ANACORTES, Wash. — The Walla Walla Bruins put up three first-inning runs in the Washington Junior American Legion state baseball tournament championship game against Burlington here Thursday.
The Sox answered in the third with three runs of their own, took the lead with two runs in the fourth and ran to the 10-4 victory and the state title.
“Burlington was a very good ball club,” Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. “They can hit, pitch and play defense.
“We made a couple of blunders defensively and it hurt our confidence, and we just couldn’t pull out of it,” he said.
Walla Walla got a single from Daniel Lake to lead off the game. Zane Henderson’s single scored Lake from second, and scored himself on Luke Reardon’s double down the left-field line to make it 2-0 Bruins.
Julian Zamora then doubled to right-center to score Reardon and make it 3-0.
After Burlington took the 5-3 lead in the fourth, Jarrod Needham led off the Bruins’ fifth inning with a single. Daniel Camacho walked, and Henderson’s single scored Needham.
The Sox scored three more runs in the sixth inning, and had solo scores in the seventh and eighth innings.
Zach Zehner started on the mound for the Bruins, pitching into the fourth inning when Lake relieved him. Lake finished the game.
Burlington finished with 13 hits, while Walla Walla put up nine.
“We’re extremely proud of our guys,” Parsons said. “Many thought this team wasn’t good enough to even make it to the playoffs, and they had something to prove. We came together as a team and had common goals in mind.
“What a great bunch of kids to work with. They all have a promising future,” he said. “We are definitely going to miss them.”
The state tournament run bodes well for the entire Walla Walla American Legion, Parsons said.
“Fortunately, our Legion program as a whole has it rolling right now,” he said. “The Bears had another successful season and the Griz were runners-up at state in single A.
“It’s a great time to be a baseball player in the Walla Walla Valley.”
Burlington 10, Walla Walla 4
Walla Walla 300 010 000 — 4 9 4
Burlinton 003 203 11x — 10 13 2
Zehner, Lake (4) and Fulmer; Wieringa, D. Schwetz (4) and Wade.
HR — none.
Hits — WW: Lake, Henderson 2, Reardon, Buentello, Zamora 2, Needham, Fulmer; Burl: D. Schwetz 2, Reisnour 2, Wieringa 3, Jacobson, Lomsdalen, Wade 3, Askvig.