WENATCHEE - Nothing came easy for the Walla Walla Bruins here Tuesday in a Central Washington Junior American Legion League baseball doubleheader against the Wenatchee Blues.
The Bruins managed just four hits and had to overcome a couple of defensive miscues to pull out a 3-2 victory in the first game. And in the nightcap, they had to scrounge for a pair of runs in the seventh inning to knot the score at 6-6 before scoring twice in the eighth to complete the sweep with an 8-6 victory.
"There's not much to talk about in the first game," Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. "We played with a lot more energy in the second game and it was pretty exciting in the eighth inning."
Luke Reardon and Daniel Lake pitched complete games for the Bruins. Reardon allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three in the opener, and Lake scattered eight hits, fanned three and issued three walks in the second game.
The Bruins plated a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the first game. Two walks and a hit batter coupled with two Wenatchee errors accounted for the scores.
Walla Walla pushed across what proved to be the winning run in the sixth when Junior Ruiz walked, moved to second when Jarrod Needham was safe on an error, took third on a fielder's choice and scored on Lake's sacrifice fly.
Isiah Grubb had three of Wenatchee's five hits in the game, including an RBI single in the third inning. Grubb added two more hits in the second game, including a two-run double in the Blues' four-run third inning.
"We couldn't get that guy out," Parsons said of Grubb.
Zane Henderson had four hits in the nightcap to pace the Bruins' 10-hit attack. His RBI single capped a three-run first inning and he singled home two runs with two out in the seventh to tie the game at 6-6 and force extra innings.
"Zane Henderson continues to swing a hot bat for us," Parsons said of his first baseman.
Daniel Camacho opened the Bruins' eighth with a line-drive single up the middle. With one out Camacho stole second base, then took third on Lake's second hit of the game and third of the doubleheader.
Lake stole second base. And after the second out was registered, Reardon stroked a single to left to drive home both runners.
"Reardon came up clutch for us again," Parsons said. "Our older players demonstrated some leadership."
The sweep evens Walla Walla's league record at 9-9. The Bruins are 11-13 overall heading into a weekend tournament in Polson, Mont.
"We're heading out this morning from Wenatchee," Parsons said. "We play our first game Thursday morning at 11 against the Mission Rockies."
The Polson Firecracker Tournament is a 10-team affair, and Walla Walla is the only non-Montana team in the field. The Bruins play the Dillon Cubs Friday at 8:30 a.m., the Glacier Twins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and conclude pool play Sunday at 1:30 vs. the Mission Valley Mariners.
The tournament finishes later Sunday with cross-pool matchups to determine final placement.
Walla Walla 002 001 0 - 3 4 2
Wenatchee 001 001 0 - 2 5 4
Reardon and Daniel; Grubb and Gonzalez.
Hits - WW: Lake, Henderson, Arellano, Needham; Wenatchee: Doerr, Grubb 3, K. Woodring.
Walla Walla 300 010 22 - 8 10 3
Wenatchee 104 001 00 - 6 8 4
Lake and Fulmer; Daniels, Hargraves (7) and Gonzalez.
Hits - WW: Lake 2, Reardon, Henderson 4, Arellano, Camacho, Ruiz; Wenatchee: Waterman, Doerr 3, Grubb 2, Gonzalez, K. Woodring.