WALLA WALLA — Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde each made appearances Friday at Murr Sports Complex.
Walla Walla High School played the part of the suave, elegant Jekyll in game one of the twin bill with Kamiakin, as Adam Mathews pitched the Blue Devils to a 4-0 shutout over the defending Class 3A state champions. But Kamiakin unleashed its inner Hyde in the nightcap, pounding out 16 hits in an 11-3 thrashing for a Mid-Columbia Conference split.
Mathews cruised through the first game, striking out six, walking none, and giving up just four hits in seven innings. And the Blue Devil defense backed him up well, giving up just one error to 16 putouts.
“That’s a well-pitched ball game,” Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradwohl said. “I’m really happy with that. He (Mathews) struggled a little bit up against Chiawana (an 8-7 Wa-Hi loss) and he battled back and pitched smarter ahead of the count.”
Kamiakin pitcher David Marshall pitched a similarly solid outing, striking out six and giving up five hits in five innings. But the Blue Devils were able to work deep at bats and Marshall’s pitch count ballooned into the 70s by the fourth inning.
He was relieved after Wa-Hi scored a run in the fourth on a Daniel Lake double and two errors and three runs in the fifth on two walks, a single and a double.
“Their first kid, Dave Marshall, he won a state championship on the hill last year for them,” Gradwohl said. “So for us to battle and get four runs off of him, I was really happy with that.”
After a strikeout to start the Wa-Hi fifth David Pontarolo walked, Adam Mathews singled up the middle and Daniel Camacho reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Spencer Locati, who pinch ran for Pontarolo.
With two outs gone, Zane Henderson hit a deceptive ball to left field that ended up hooking past the glove of a diving Brandon Larson for a two-RBI double to seal a 4-0 victory for the Blue Devils.
The second game was different from the outset.
Kamiakin’s Logan Jackson singled up the middle on Wa-Hi starter Daniel Lake’s first pitch of the game to key a four-run first that saw the Braves bat though the lineup before Lake got a groundout to end the inning.
The Blue Devils answered with a run in the bottom of the inning as Adam Mathews doubled in the leadoff spot and scored on a Lake flyout.
Wa-Hi was able to turn a double play to escape the top of the second inning without giving up a run.
Wa-Hi drew to two back in the bottom of the inning as Julian Zamora led off with a walk, Potarolo bunted him to second and game-two catcher Keltan Fulmer doubled into the left-center gap to score Zamora.
Kamiakin resumed the battering in the third, however, as the Braves scored three runs on three singles and a triple to chase Lake from the mound. Zach Zehner came on in relief with an out remaining, but the Blue Devils caught Brandon Marshall stealing second to end the frame.
Lake had decent control in his outing, but the lefty wasn’t able to get his curve ball across for a strike consistently and Kamiakin was on time for his fast balls. He gave up 10 hits and a walk in 2 2/3rds innings.
Fulmer reached on an error in the fourth inning and ended up scoring Wa-Hi’s last run of the game on a passed ball.
The Braves weren’t able to string together another big rally off Zehner, but dribbled across runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings on eight hits, two walks and an error.
“Game two, it was one of those things where their balls were just finding holes,” Gradwohl said.
“Getting a split with Kamiakin, we’re happy with that,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep with the plan, keep playing hard. And I thought we played hard today. There wasn’t anything where we didn’t play hard.”
Kamiakin is now 2-4 in MCC play and 5-7 overall after the split.
Wa-Hi, 2-6 and 4-9, hosts Southridge for another league doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Wa-Hi’s Locati, a junior who is rehabbing from shoulder surgery in the fall, saw his first action of the season in game one while pinch running. Gradwohl said Locati could be cleared to begin hitting as early as this week.
Kamiakin 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
Wa-Hi 000 130 X — 4 5 1
Marshall, Rowell (6) and Earley. Mathews and Watilo.
Hits — Kamiakin: Jackson, Price 2, Burris; Wa-Hi: Mathews, Lake, Henderson 2, Pontarolo.
Kamiakin 403 101 2 — 11 16 2
Wa-Hi 110 100 0 — 3 5 2
Hebdon, Padroza (5) and Earley. Lake, Zehner (3) and Fulmer.
Hits — Kamiakin: Jackson 2, Price, Earley 2, Hebdon 3, Janson 2. Burris 3, D. Marshall 4, B. Marshall 1; Wa-Hi: Mathews, Henderson, Coronado, Fulmer, Zehner.