Bruins pepper Peppers in nightcap

Walla Walla avenges a 3-1 loss in its opener with Yakima Valley with a 10-hit, 8-2 victory in the nightcap.

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WALLA WALLA - Yakima Valley's Kyle Dexter tossed a four hitter here at Ray Lane Field in the opener of a Central Washington Junior American Legion double header against the Walla Walla Bruins Friday night, and the Peppers claimed a 3-1 win.

Walla Walla got a three-hitter from Zach Zehner and pounded out 10 hits to defeat the Peppers 8-2 in the night cap and split the twin bill.

Julian Zamora's one-out single in the fourth was the first hit Dexter gave up in the opener. Zamora stole second and scored on Daniel Lake's single to knot the game at 1-1 after three.

The Peppers used Josh Yarbrough's leadoff single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a squeeze bunt to plate two runs in the Yakima Valley fourth.

That was all Dexter needed. Zamora singled in the Bruin fifth and Jacob Needham singled in the seventh, but that was all Dexter allowed as he finished with a four hitter and eight strikeouts.

"Thus far, he (Dexter) is the best pitcher we've faced," Bruin coach Jason Parsons said. "The kid hit his spots and made us uncomfortable as hitters."

Lake singled on the first pitch the Bruins saw in game two. Lake came around to score on an errant Pepper throw and the Bruins never trailed.

The Bruins took advantage of two Pepper errors and got RBI singles from Lake and Zamora, plus a Luke Reardon two-run single to score four second-inning runs and take a 5-0 lead to the third.

Mason Hall's single and two Pepper double steals, out of first-and third situations, got two runs home in the Pepper fourth and cut the lead to 5-2.

David Pontarolo's sac fly to center plated Lake. Lake led off the Bruin fourth with his third hit, a hustle double, and then stole third.

Daniel Camacho's two-run sixth-inning single plated the last Bruin runs and gave Zehner an 8-2 lead heading to the seventh.

Zehner walked the first two he faced in the seventh but got a double play as Zamora speared a line drive and doubled Dexter off second.

Zehner finished with a complete game three hitter.

"We didn't play very enthusiastically in game one," Parsons said. "Kids got it going a little bit in game two. (On the mound) it (Zehner's pitching) was the best outing he's had so far."

The Bruins, 3-3 in league, traveled to Othello Saturday for a CWL double header.

First Game

Yakima Valley 001 200 0 - 3 5 1

Walla Walla 001 000 0 - 1 4 2

Dexter and Petrea; Reardon and Fulmer.

HR - none.

Hits - Yak: Hussey, Hall, Logan, Yarbrough, Petrea; WW: Zamora 2, Lake, Needham.

Second Game

Yakima Valley 000 200 0 - 2 3 6

Walla Walla 140 102 X - 8 10 2

Logan, Hussey (6) and Spencer; Zehner and Daniel, Fulmer (6).

HR - none.

Hits - Yak: Petrea, Hall, Logan; WW: Zamora, Lake 3, Reardon 2, Sumerlin 2, Zehner, Camacho.

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