Walla Walla Griz catcher Mitch Lesmeister gets turned around on the wide throw to home plate as Tri-County’s Cory Landan scores during their twin bill. The Griz won the opener, 11-8, before shutting out the Renegades, 17-0, in the nightcap.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
WALLA WALLA — After outlasting the visiting Tri-County Renegades 11-8 in the first game of a non-league summer baseball doubleheader here Tuesday, the Walla Walla Griz took no chances in the nightcap as they overwhelmed the Hermiston-area team 17-0.
The second game was called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
“In the first game we didn’t make a couple of plays with two out and it cost us some runs and kept them in the game,” Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said. “We always had the lead, but it got closer than I liked and than it should have been.”
The Griz led 8-3 after two innings, but Tri-County crawled to within 8-6 after its half of the fourth inning. Walla Walla scored once in the bottom of the fourth, but two more Renegades runs in the fifth made it 9-8.
Walla Walla got those runs back in the bottom of the fifth and shut down Tri-County the rest of the way.
Nelson Carpenter, Anders Davidson, Joe Yenney and Dexter Aichele had two hits each for the Griz in the opener. Davidson drove in two runs and scored three times while Yenney had three RBIs on a single and a double. Aichele and Carpenter each tripled in the game.
Walla Walla pounded out 13 hits in the second game, with Carpenter, Davidson, Mitch Lesmeister, Wyatt Taylor and Joey Camacho each collecting a pair of hits.
Carpenter stroked a two-run single in the second inning and a two-run double in the third while scoring three times himself. Davidson had two triples, one RBI and scored four times. Lesmeister had three runs scored and one knocked in as he singled twice. And Camacho added two singles, two RBIs and one run scored.
Lesmeister also pitched all five innings for the Griz, striking out five and walking one while limiting Tri-County to one hit. Cougar Killian, who had two of the Renegades seven hits in the first game, singled to left field in the for his team’s only hit of the second, but he was immediately erased on a double play grounder.
Tri-County advanced just one runner to second base in the game, that coming on a dropped fly ball in the outfield.
The Griz, who have already completed their Central Washington Single A American Legion League season, are in Selah beginning Thursday for the Chuck Brown Memorial summer tournament.
They open up against Spokane Athletic at 4 p.m., followed by a Friday morning test against the Yakima Rookie Beetles and a Saturday afternoon game against Pasco. Sunday’s schedule will be determined by the results of the first three days of play.
The Griz have two more non-league doubleheaders next week before the district tournament begins July 21 at the site of the regular-season champion. The top three teams from league play advance to district, and Van Dyke expects his team to be in the field.
“Right now Hanford is first (6-2), Richland is second (5-3) and we are in third (5-7),” Van Dyke said. Moses Lake, the fourth team in the league, is 0-4 with four games remaining against Hanford and four against Richland.
“We should get in,” Van Dyke said.
The district tournament is a single-elimination affair, with the winner advancing to the state tournament July 27-31 at Thurston High School in Olympia.
Tri-County 301 220 0 — 8 7 2
Walla Walla 530 120 x — 11 9 4
Landon and Allan; Camacho, Aichele (5) and Lesmeister.
Hits — Tri-County: Landon, Timpy, Denver, Killian 2, Kroske, Caller; WW: Carpenter 2, Davidson 2, Yenney 2, Taylor, Aichele 2.
Tri-County 000 00 — 0 1 2
Walla Walla 376 1x — 17 13 2
Gutheret, Denver (2), Gossever (3) and Collier; Lesmeister and Leahy.
Hits — Tri-County: Killian; WW: Lesmeister 2, Carpenter 2, Davidson 2, Yenney, Leahy, Taylor 2, Camacho 2, Cinnamon.