HOOD RIVER - The Walla Walla Griz survived a couple of loser-out games to reach the championship of the Hood River Futures baseball tournament here on Sunday.
But the Camas River Dogs scored in six of seven innings in the championship game and defeated the Walla Wallans 7-4. Had the Walla Wallans won, they would have needed to defeat Camas again in a second championship game to claim the title in the double-elimination tournament.
"We were playing our sixth game in three days and our pitchers were a little short on rest," Walla Walla coach Ryan Van Dyke said.
Todd Kimball, who had pitched a complete game on Friday, got the start against Camas and gave his coach four innings while allowing three runs. Wyatt Taylor and Gavin Anderson, who had also pitched earlier in the tournament, split the final three frames and were touched for four runs.
Colby Watilo had three of the Griz's six hits in the game and drove home all four Walla Walla runs. He had a two-run single in the third inning and chased home two more runs with a single in the fourth.
Earlier in the day, the Griz defeated Madison 5-1 and Jesuit 6-1. Those victories coupled with wins on Friday and Saturday boosted Walla Walla's season record to 22-11.
In the victory over Madison, Trevor Coronado pitched into the seventh inning and allowed just one run on five hits. Taylor came in to get the final out.
McEvoy plated Walla Walla's first run with an RBI double in the second inning and Watilo followed with a two-run single. Kal Gray drove home a fifth-inning run with a single and later scored the Griz's fifth run on a passed ball.
Kyle Barker was the star in the Jesuit game as he pitched a complete-game one-hitter, allowing just Jashawn Callen's double in the seventh inning. Barker finished with eight strikeouts and five walks, and he picked Callen off second.
McEvoy drove home one run with a double in the fourth inning and Solomon Arellano and Logan Cordeiro added RBI singles. Watilo singled home a run in the seventh inning and Kimball knocked in two runs with a triple.
The Griz won their tournament opener on Friday, defeating the host team 12-1. And they split a pair of games on Saturday, defeating Benson 11-5 and losing to Madison 7-2.
Arellano slugged a bases-loaded that plated three runs in Friday's victory, Reid Magnaghi contributed a two-run single and Gray had a three-hit game that included a double and two RBI. Coronado drove in two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.
Ryan Kimball pitched the first five innings of the six-inning affair and struck out 11.
In trampling Benson on Saturday, the Griz broke through with six runs without the benefit of a hit in the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie. The uprising included five walks, two hit batters and an error.
In the loss Saturday, the Griz made four errors and many base running mistakes, according to Van Dyke.
"It was a sluggish performance," Van Dyke said. "We didn't make the routine plays and had some misreads on the base paths."
Magnaghi, Kimball and Arellano each smacked a pair of hits.
The Griz have today off, return to practice Tuesday and then head to Spokane for Titans 4th of July tournament. Their first test will come Wednesday at 3 p.m. vs. Prairie.
Walla Walla plays twice on Thursday, vs. Mount Spokane at 10:30 a.m. and vs. University at 1 p.m., and the Griz complete pool play Friday in a 1 p.m. game against Central Valley. The trophy round is scheduled Saturday.
Blake McKinney, who missed the Hood River tourney, will be back and available to pitch Wednesday's game, Van Dyke said, but he also expected Anderson and McEvoy to be available.
"They will be on full rest," Van Dyke said, "but our rotation is still undetermined. We'll see how they all feel at practice on Tuesday."
Camas 7, WW 4
Camas 110 121 1 - 7 8 0
Walla Walla 002 200 0 - 4 6 2
Watson and Zepponi; Kimball, Taylor (5), Anderson (7) and Watilo.
Hits - Camas: Johnson 2, Heredia, Hunt 2, Conlee, Arvidson 2; WW: Magnaghi, Watilo 3, Gray, Elsom.
WW 5, Madison 1
Madison 000 100 0 - 1 5 0
Walla Walla 030 020 x - 5 4 2
Wittren and Tuttle; Coronado, Taylor (7) and Watilo.
Hits - Madison: Heiberg, Wright, Guy 2, Gallegos; WW: Watilo, Kimball, Gray, McEvoy.
WW 6, Jesuit 1
Walla Walla 000 300 3 - 6 8 2
Jesuit 000 000 1 - 1 1 0
Barker and Watilo; Day, Callen (4) and O'Reilly.
Hits - WW: Magnaghi 2, Watilo, Kimball 2, Arellano, McEvoy, Cordeiro; Jesuit: Callen.
Madison 7, WW 2
Madison 021 400 0 - 7 13 1
Walla Walla 000 020 0 - 2 11 4
Powers and Fetters. Anderson, Taylor (6) and Watilo.HR - none.
Hits - Madison: Heiberg 2, Enterine, Fetters, Powers, Witten 3, Guy 2, Lutton 2. Walla Walla: Magnaghi 2, McEvoy, Kimball 2, Arellano 2, Gray, Crun, Coronado, Watilo.
WW 11, Benson 5
Benson 500 000 0 - 5 7 1
Walla Walla 040 160 x - 11 8 5
Buckley and Roos. McEvoy, Taylor (7) and Watilo.
Hits - Benson: Labutton, Menva, Roos, Espinoza, Wilkey, Buckley, Donis. Walla Walla: Magnaghi, Watilo, Kimball, Arellano, Anderson, Coronado, Barker.
WW 12, Hood River 1
Walla Walla 311 034 - 12 11 0
Hood River 000 100 - 1 3 2
Kimball and Watilo; Peres and Maddy.
Hits - Walla Walla: Magnaghi, Watilo, Kimball, Arellano, Gray 3, Anderson, Cordero, McEvoy 2. Hood River: Maddy 2, Ortega.