SPOKANE - The Walla Walla Griz remained undefeated at the American Legion Single A state baseball tournament here Sunday at University High School with a 4-3 win over Woodinville.
The victory, preceded by a 4-1 win over Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Saturday, bumped the team's season record to 29-13 and moved it into a showdown with Bellingham here today at 6 p.m. Bellingham is the only other undefeated team in an original field of eight state qualifiers.
In other games here today, both of them loser-out affairs, Woodinville faced Gonzaga Prep at noon and Mason plays Mount Spokane at 3 p.m. The double-elimination tournament continues through Wednesday.
Gavin McEvoy pitched the first six innings for Walla Walla and Wyatt Taylor came on in the seventh to earn the save. McEvoy, who was victimized for three unearned runs via four Griz errors, allowed seven hits, struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Taylor pitched a 1-2-3 final frame.
The Griz came from behind twice in the game. They trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the fourth and scored twice to tie the game, then rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth after Woodinville had regained a 3-2 advantage.
In the fourth, Reid Magnaghi singled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second by Blake McKinney. Kal Gray's single put runners at the corner, and Gray promptly stole second base.
Eric Kimball's sacrifice fly scored Magnaghi and moved Gray to third. And Gray scored the equalizer when Colby Watilo was safe on an infield error.
Gray's second hit of the game, a triple, launched the winning rally. Kimball singled home Gray for the first run and Watilo followed with a base hit. But Kimball was thrown out at third base on the play.
Solomon Arellano was safe on an error, with Watilo moving into scoring position. An errant pickoff attempt at first allowed Watilo to move to third base, and he scored what proved to be the winning run on a passed ball.
"You have to win five games at this tournament to win it," Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said. "But even if we lose today, we can still come back and win it."
Walla Walla 4, Woodinville 3
Woodinville 002 010 0 - 3 4 2
Walla Walla 000 202 x - 4 7 4
Wilham, Coba (6) and Lemke; McEvoy, Taylor (7) and Watilo.
Hits - Woodinville: Wilham 2, Schloredt, Hamilton; WW: Magnaghi, Gray 2, Kimball, Watilo, Coronado, Cordeiro.