SELAH, Wash. - The Walla Walla Griz split the first two games of the third annual Chuck Brown Memorial Tournament here Friday and Saturday.
The Griz opened the tourney with a 17-0 shutout of West Valley A on Friday.
On Saturday, some tough luck led to a 7-5 loss to Riverside AA.
The Griz had their chances on Saturday, plating three runs in the final two innings. But a called out at home plate in the top of the seventh stalled a two-run rally.
"That was a tough game," Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said. "The second inning for them (when Riverside scored four runs), they put the ball in spots we couldn't make plays on. They had seven hits in that one inning, they kept falling into holes. We had one error, and they capitalized on it. That's the way the ball bounces sometimes.
"We battled back in the last three innings," he said. "We had two on, and a double scored two runs."
But a play at the plate didn't go the Griz's way for the second out of the inning.
"He said (the Griz runner) didn't slide into the plate and called him out," Van Dyke said. "That's a tough call to make at that point of the game. If we had scored that run, we'd have been down by one with one out and it changes the complexity of the game. The ump had to make a judgment call, and it didn't go our way."
It was a different story on Friday.
Gavin McEvoy threw a no-hitter in the opening-game victory.
"Friday was great," Van Dyke said. "Gavin threw a really good game. It was his second no-hitter this year (he also had one for Wa-Hi's junior varsity team). He had a real good outing, there were only four or five balls hit in the game we had to make plays on."
McEvoy had nine strikeouts, hit one West Valley batter and gave up just two walks in the complete-game shutout.
West Valley helped out the Griz on the bases, as well.
"They gave us quite a few free passes," Van Dyke said. "Their pitchers gave us nine walks and three hit batters, so 12 free bases. We had some key hits that scored runs. Multiple innings we had the bases loaded. A lot of guys worked out of slumps or had multiple hits in that game, so that was nice."
The Griz (24-13) now play for fifth place in the tournament at 12:140 p.m. today.
They head to Moses Lake to play Pendleton at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The winner of that game plays Moses Lake at 8 p.m., with the winner of that game earning a berth in the state Junior American Legion tournament.
West Valley 000 00 - 0 0 5
Walla Walla 463 4x - 17 10 0
Chan, Calder (3) and Sage. McEvoy and Lybbert.
HR - none.
Hits - WV: none. WW: Magnaghi, McKinney, Gray 2, Kimball, Barker, Lybbert 3, Taylor.
Walla Walla 110 001 2 - 5 12 2
Riverside 040 210 x - 7 10 1
Barker, Taylor (4) and Watilo. Fairbank and Foley.
HR - none.
Hits - WW: Magnaghi 2, McKinney, Gray 2, Watilo, Arellano 2, McEvoy, Coronado 2, Crum. River: Calder, Schuler 2, Caveness, McKnackin, Foley 2, Fairbank, Webb.