Bruins put bow on regular season with four victories

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KENNEWICK - The Walla Walla Bruins put a bow on the 2012 regular season Monday with a pair of wins over the Kennewick Dusters in American Legion AA Central League baseball at Kennewick's La Pierre Field.

Combined with a doubleheader sweep of the Eastmont Strikers Saturday, the Bruins have won nine of their previous 10 games and locked up a trip to the District 4 tournament, although seeding depends on league contests still to be played.

"For a while we weren't sure if we were going to get into the district tournament..." Bruins manager Jason Parsons said. "We're getting hot at the right time and our kids are playing with a ton of confidence."

The Bruins took advantage of Kennewick pitchers who struggled to find the strikezone in 14-3 and 17-6 mercy-rule shortened victories Monday.

Walla Walla rapped out 14 hits in the opener and nine in the nightcap against the Dusters.

"Their pitchers, at times, had trouble throwing strikes, and when they did we pounded it," Parsons said of the Dusters.

Both Bruins pitchers pitched complete five-inning games, with Daniel Lake getting the W in the opener and Zachary Zehner notching a win in the nightcap.

Lake gave up three runs on five hits but was one of three Bruins to pick up three hits in the game. Daniel Camacho and catcher Kelton Fulmer also had three runs each.

The Bruins scored four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth of the opener and kept the scoring streak going with eight more runs in the opening frame of the nightcap before going on to post the 17-6 victory.

Walla Walla scored runs in every inning but the second inning of the first game.

The Bruins (16-10) enter district play Friday. The time and location of that contest has yet to be determined.

Walla Walla 14, Kennewick 3

Walla Walla 501 46 - 14 14 1

Kennewick 300 00 - 3 5 3

Lake and Fulmer; Vella, Salazar (5) and Hardy.

HR - none.

Hits - Walla Walla: Lake 3, Camacho 3, Henderson, Reardon, Zamora, Arellano, Needham, Fulmer 3; Kennewick: Price, Larsen, Burns, Keech, Pedroza.

Walla Walla 17, Kennewick 6

Walla Walla 812 15 - 17 9 1

Kennewick 033 00 - 6 6 3

Zehner and Daniel; Pedroza, Hardy (1), Salazar (4) and Hardy, Owens (1).

HR - none.

Hits - Walla Walla: Camacho, Zamora, Buentello, Reardon, Sumerlin 2, Arellano 3; Kennewick: Marshall, Burris 2, Owens, Marble, Hardy 2.

Walla Walla 5, Eastmont 2

Eastmont 100 100 0 - 2 4 2

Walla Walla 030 101 x - 5 11 2

Dietrich and Burch; Reardon and Daniel.

HR - none.

Hits - Eastmont: Reynolds 2, Kinzenbach, Hobbs; Walla Walla: Lake 2, Camacho 3, Henderson, Zamora, Arellano 3, Ruiz.

Walla Walla 10, Eastmont 4

Eastmont 000 100 3 - 4 12 3

Walla Walla 710 011 x - 10 8 2

Crone, Herzel (2) and Clodfield; Needham, Zamora (6) and Fulmer.

HR - none.

Hits - Eastmont: Reynolds 2, Kinzenbach, Haehl, Wirth 2, Herzel, Hobbs 3, Dietrich, Cordell; walla Walla: Lake, Henderson, Reardon, Sumerlin, Flippo, Zehner 2, Fulmer.

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