ANACORTES, Wash. - Powered by a four-hit performance from pitcher Zach Zehner, the Walla Walla Bruins defeated Ferndale, 2-0, in the American Legion Washington state tournament Monday.
Walla Walla now faces Montesano, 3-1 winner over Gonzaga Prep Monday, in a quarterfinal game tonight at 7 p.m.
The Bruins, now one of two teams still undefeated at state, scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to the victory, while Zehner pitched a gem, Bruins coach Jason Parsons said.
"You have to start with Zach Zehner," Parsons said. "We needed a big performance out of him, and he was outstanding.
"Ferndale has a potent lineup, and for him to throw a shutout against them - I'm just so proud of him I'm almost speechless. I'm just glad we didn't have to face him."
Zehner didn't pick up any strikeouts and gave up three walks, "but he was able to throw three different pitches for a strike and they simply could not figure him out," Parsons said.
Zane Henderson led the fourth off with the inning's only hit, but came around to score the first run of the game regardless. Luke Reardon moved him to second with a sacrifice fly and Henderson stole third before advancing home on a passed ball.
Matt Daniel led the fifth off with a sharply hit single to the four-hole. Keltan Fulmer came on to pinch run for Daniel.
Daniel Lake had a sac-fly to advance Fulmer.
Henderson brought Fulmer home with a double to left field.
Ferndale now falls into the consolation bracket after winning six-straight games going back to the District 1 tournament.
The other undefeated team left in the state tournament is the Hanford Flames.
Walla Walla 2, Ferndale 0
Walla Walla 000 110 0 - 2 4 0
Ferndale 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Zehner and Daniel, Fulmer (5); Littrel, Weston (6) and Shearer.
HR - none.
Hits - Walla Walla: Henderson 2, Zamora, Daniel; Ferndale: Bauthues, Gittsforth, Nightengale, Weston.