Bears ground Pilots at annual tourney

Jake Campeau's three-hitter leads Walla Walla to the 9-0 win over the Seattle team as the Bears Tournament gets underway Thursday.

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WALLA WALLA - Right-hander Jake Campeau tossed a three-hitter and Taylor Lemke collected two hits and batted in a pair of runs as the Walla Walla Bears opened play in their annual summer baseball tournament with a 9-0 grounding of the Seattle Pilots Thursday night at Walla Walla Community College's Tausick Way field.

Campeau struck out six and walked one as the Bears improved their summer record to 25-9-1.

"He did a great job," Walla Walla coach Brian Kitamura said. "He set the tone. His tempo was very good.

"He had good command of his fastball," Kitamura said. "He used it to set up his slider as his out pitch. He showed he could go out and dominate a game.

"He's been really, really good for us all summer helping our team every time out," Kitamura said. "You can't ask for much more than that."

In other tournament action on Thursday, the Boise Bombers outlasted Eastside Legion, 11-9, Tri-County's Outlaws defeated Eastside Baseball Club, 5-3, and defending tournament champion Pride Baseball was an 8-0 winner over the Jerome Cyclones.

Friday's early schedule had the Hanford Flames opposing the Eastside Baseball Club and Tri-County at WWCC, while Boise and Seattle did battle at Borleske Stadium.

Walla Walla's next game is today at 8 p.m. against the Spokane Crew.

Bears 9, Pilots 0

Walla Walla put up its first two runs of the game in the second inning. Mike Pontarolo drilled an RBI single and Moe Handcox lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.

"Mike did a good job taking it to right-center," Kitamura said. "That's what we teach - gap-to-gap line drives."

The Bears blew the game open with a seven-run sixth inning. Connor Lawhead contributed a two-run single to left to begin the scoring and Lemke ended the rally with a two-RBI knock to center.

A bases-loaded walk, a bases-loaded hit by pitch, and a passed ball resulted in a 7-0 Walla Walla lead prior to Lemke's hit.

"We were working counts, staying disciplined, and looking for pitches up in the zone that we could drive," Kitamura said of the sixth inning. "Lemke's hit was a perfect example.

"In terms of small ball, we're doing things very well," Kitamura said. "We still have to get better with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, but I like that our guys are sticking to their approaches at the plate."

Bears 9, Pilots 0

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Holt, Vadino (6) and Mathieu; Campeau and Holbrook.

HR - none.

Hits - Pilots: Luth, Thorne, Shangrow; Bears: Lemke 2, Pontarolo, Eggers, Handcox, Cordeiro, Lawhead.

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