Walla Walla Bears sweep Legion bill with Sun Devils

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PASCO - Drew Christina and Jake Campeau pitched complete-game victories here Friday as the Walla Walla Bears swept an American Legion baseball doubleheader from the Pasco Sun Devils, 6-4 and 10-1.

Christina scattered eight hits and strung together three consecutive zeroes from the second through fourth innings, which gave his offense the opportunity to rally from an early 3-1 deficit by plating five runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Christina chalked up 15 strikeouts in the game and fanned seven of the last eight batters he faced.

"Drew was outstanding on the mound," Bears coach Brian Kitamura said. "He settled in and was absolutely dominant. He threw his breaking ball for strikes as an out pitch consistently and picked us up when we needed it most at the end."

Campeau yielded just five hits over his five-inning outing - the game was called because of darkness at the end of five - and never had to worry about run support as the Walla Wallans plated three runs in the second inning and erupted for seven in the third. He finished with five strikeouts.

"He had a great outing," Kitamura said of Campeau. "He established the tempo of the game from the first pitch and had great command."

Eight different Bears contributed a hit each in the first game. Campeau singled home the game's first run in the first inning, and Brett Christina capped the five-run fourth inning with a bases-loaded double that put the Bears on top 6-3.

Will Parnicky collected two of the Bears' seven hits in the second game, including an RBI single in the second inning that put the Walla Wallans on top to stay. Parnicky finished the twin bill with three hits while Campeau, Moe Handcox, Connor Lawhead, Kevin Toon and Connor Holbrook hit safely in each game.

Lawhead clubbed a two-run double in the third inning and the Bears sent 11 batters to the plate in their seven-run third inning.

"We have been working a lot on our approach at the plate in different counts and different situations," Kitamura said. "We had a lot of quality at-bats, which shows we are improving each time out. It's good to see and what we need heading into tournament play."

The Bears, who are now 6-1 on the season, travel to Hermiston today to face the Tri-County Outlaws in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Then they are off to Missoula, Mont., for the Scott Klaudt Memorial Tournament that begins Wednesday and continues through the weekend.

First Game

Walla Walla 100 500 0 - 6 8 1

Pasco 300 010 0 - 4 8 0

D. Christina and Bakker; Avery, Stephens (6) and Landfeld.

Hits - WW: Handcox, Lawhead, Toon, Campeau, B. Christina, Bakker, Parnicky, Holbrook; Pasco: Briones, Gill 2, Landfeld 2, Stephens, Gonzalez 2.

Second Game

Walla Walla 037 00 - 10 7 2

Pasco 010 00 - 1 3 1

Campeau and Holbrook; Slack, Gonzalez (3) and Weiss.

Hits - WW: Lawhead, Holbrook, Handcox, Toon, Campeau, Parnicky 2; Pasco: Gill, Hinkson, Gonzalez.

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