YAKIMA - Walla Walla made the most of its six hits in the first game, then came alive offensively in the nightcap as the Bruins swept the Yakima Peppers in a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader here Tuesday night.
The Bruins were outhit 12-6 in the opener but erupted for five runs in the second inning and pushed across what proved to be the winning run in the fifth for a 6-5 victory. In the second game, the Walla Wallans pounded out 12 hits and rode Zack Zehner's one-hit pitching performance to an 11-0 victory.
The second game was called after five innings.
The sweep bumped Walla Walla's league record to 6-4 and its season mark to 8-4. The Bruins play two more league twin bills this week, hosting the Richland tonight at 5:30 and the Kennewick Phantoms Sunday, also at 5:30.
Both sets will be played at the Walla Walla Community College diamond.
"Zack really did a wonderful job," Bruins coach Jason Parsons said of his second-game pitcher. "And we played some good defense behind him as well."
Zehner registered five strikeouts and walked three. Yakima's lone hit came in the third inning when Austin Krueger's ground ball skipped into center field for a single.
Luke Reardon and Anthony Arellano had two hits each in the game. Reardon doubled in the first inning and stroked a two-run single in the fifth while Arellano had an RBI single in the third and a leadoff double in the fifth and later scored.
"The kids put together some quality at-bats in the second game," Parsons said. "We had 10 different kids get hits in the game. When you put together a better approach, hitting becomes easier."
Yakima pitcher Alex Stephens limited the Bruins to six hits over seven innings in the first game. He struck out six and issued three walks.
But Stephens sputtered in the second inning when the Bruins bunched five of their six hits, including four doubles, and scored five times.
"That was fun," Parsons said of the big uprising.
Nate Sumerlin doubled to deep left-center field to open the rally. After Julian Zamora walked, Daniel Camacho delivered an RBI single. Matt Daniel's double brought home the second run, Daniel Lake doubled home a pair and Reardon doubled to produce the fifth run.
But the Bruins needed one more run, and they got it in the fifth. Luke Flippo walked, advanced on Sumerlin's sacrifice bunt and scored on Zamora's single.
"We did a pretty good job of putting the bat on the ball in the first game," Parsons said. "We just kept hitting the ball right at people."
Jamier Trudian paced Yakima's 12-hit assault against Reardon with three hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning.
Yakima scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to narrow Walla Walla's lead to 6-5, and the Peppers had runners at first and second before Reardon induced a game-ending fly ball to left field.
"Luke beared down and got us through it," Parsons said of Reardon, who scattered 12 hits but didn't walk a batter while striking out five.
Walla Walla 050 010 0 - 6 6 2
Yakima 012 000 2 - 5 12 3
Reardon and Daniel; Stephens and Trudian.
HR - Yakima, Trudian.
Hits - WW: Lake, Readon, Sumerlin, Zamora, Camacho, Daniel; Yakima: Krueger, Rodriguez 2, Trudian 3, Loyd 2, Mitchum 2, Kykes 2.
Walla Walla 023 15 - 11 12 1
Yakima 000 00 - 0 1 4
Zehner and Flippo; Mitchum, Alcazai (5) and Trudian.
Hits - WW: Lake, Pontarolo, Readon 2, Zamora, Buentello, Flippo, Arellano 2, Zehner, Ruiz, Camacho; Yakima: Krueger.