WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets bounced back after a Monday evening rain-out and split a doubleheader with the Kitsap BlueJackets here Tuesday; winning 2-1 in the opener and losing 3-2 in nine innings in the nightcap.
Arturo Reyes pitched a complete game in the opener, and Walla Walla Community College product Jared Jordan sailed two RBI sac flies with the bases loaded to provide the run support.
"Arty (Arturo Reyes) in the first game started us off good," Sweets manager J.C. Biagi said. "Once he gave up a run in the second inning, he was lights out the rest of the night."
Reyes gave up five hits while striking out seven in the complete-game effort.
"Offensively, we had a couple of opportunities with the bases loaded and nobody out in game one and the two sac flies got us the runs," Biagi said. "One base hit or two base hits in that situation would really have broken the game open."
In the third inning of the opener, the Sweets' Jarrod Turner led off with an infield single and Kalani Brackenridge reached on an error. The bases were loaded with a bunt single by Alex Bonczyk.
Jordan followed with a lineout to the warning track and Turner tagged up to score.
Next up was Spencer O'Neil and the lefty swinger hit a deep drive to the right-field track but it was caught. Ben Ruff struck out to end the threat.
In the fifth, Turner led off with another single and Brackenridge walked. Bonczyk bunted his way on again and Jordan hit a sac fly to score Turner again.
O'Neil struck out, Ruff grounded out and the Sweets left two men on base in the inning.
In game two, the Sweets managed just two runs once again.
But it wasn't enough this time, as an infield single knocked home a lone run for Kitsap in the top of the ninth inning to complete a 3-2 victory.
"In the second game, it was a matter of getting guys on base and that was a little sporadic," Biagi said. "Once again, our pitchers did everything you could ask. They put us in a position to win. Our defense was also pretty clean."
The Sweets took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a Marc Garza laser over the left field fence for a two-run home run.
The BlueJackets were able to tie the game at two in the sixth with back-to-back doubles by Dallas Hessler and Francisco Tellez.
In extra innings, the Sweets had an opportunity in the seventh with bases loaded and two outs.
The first out was recorded on a Kevin Hawk strikeout. The scoring threat started with a walk to Turner, a J.J. Robinson strikeout and a walk to Brackenridge. Bonczyk was intentionally walked to load the bases with two down.
The game one hero, Jordan, couldn't come through this time and he grounded out to end the inning.
In inning number nine, Kitsap's Daniel Jewett singled to lead off the threat. Mitch Bluman sacrifice bunted him to second base and Jewett advanced to third on a ground out.
With two outs, Curtis Wildung hit a bloop single RBI for the would be winning run.
The Sweets went rather quietly in the bottom of the inning with two strikeouts, an infield hit and a ground out to lose the one-run ball game.
The Sweets (2-3) play again tonight at 7:05 p.m. in the rubber match of the series against the BlueJackets.
Kitsap 010 000 0 - 1 5 2
Walla Walla 001 010 x - 2 6 2
Gaynor, Prihar (6) and Wildung. Reyes and Turner.
HR - none.
Hits - Kitsap: Alvarez, Jewett 2, Tellez, Albert. WW: Bonczyk 2, Garza 2, Turner 2.
Kitsap 010 001 001 - 3 10 1
Walla Walla 000 200 000 - 2 5 0
Baumgartner, Flyer (6), Feldtman (7) and Benish, Wildung (6). Brandon, Arlt (5), Tygerson (5) and Hawk.
HR - WW: Garza.
Hits - Kitsap: Hessler 2, Jewett, Bluman, Torres, Wildung, Reyes, Tellez 3. WW: Ruff, Garza, Turner, Robinson, Brackenridge.