BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Walla Walla Bruins ran into a wood chipper against the Bozeman Bucks at Bozeman's Heroes Park here Tuesday, suffering a 12-run second inning en route to a 15-4 defeat in an American Legion baseball game.
"Bozeman is a senior team, and we knew that going in," Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. The Bruins are a Legion junior squad.
"They're a notch up from us in every phase of the game," Parsons said. "But we were competitive at the plate and only struck out once one the day."
Walla Walla scored a run in the first inning and three runs in the third, but the Bruins were a pair of runs shy of avoiding the seven-inning, 10-run mercy ruling.
Bruins pitcher Daniel Lake took a walk to start the third inning followed by a single from Junior Ruiz to put two aboard. A fly out and a ground out later, Luke Reardon came up with a clutch double to drive home two runs. And he was followed by an RBI single from Julian Zamora to cap the rally.
Walla Walla is in the middle of a 13-day road trip and next plays at the Pocatello, Idaho, Invitational Thursday evening at 5:30 against Madison.
The Bruins had reached the semifinals of the Polson Firecracker Tournament in Polson, Mont., earlier in the week, but that tournament was canceled due to inclement weather.
Bozeman 15, Walla Walla 4
Walla Walla 103 000 0 - 4 7 5
Bozeman 1(12)2 000 x - 15 13 1
Reardon, Lake (2), Zehner (5) and Daniel, Fulmer (4); Brown, Stephenson (4) and Weber.
Hits - Walla Walla: Ruiz, Arellano, Henderson, Reardon, Zamora, Sumerlin, Neddham; Bozeman: Hockett 3, Linebarger 2, Weber 2, Hape, Cooper, Mackay 2, Brown, Thompson.