Rush Hammer Bears, 15-1 at Bears Invite

Down 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning against visiting Washington FCA during the Walla Walla Bears Senior American Legion Invitational Baseball Tournament, Bears catcher Tyler Hamilton keeps both eyes on the high bunt for the first out of the inning Friday evening.

Down 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning against visiting Washington FCA during the Walla Walla Bears Senior American Legion Invitational Baseball Tournament, Bears catcher Tyler Hamilton keeps both eyes on the high bunt for the first out of the inning Friday evening. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — The Washington Rush and Hanford Flames earned berths in today’s championship game of the Walla Walla Bears’ annual summer baseball tournament with semifinal victories on Saturday night.

The Flames defeated the Washington Federation of Christian Athletes, 7-4, at Borleske Stadium while the Rush posted a 15-1 win over the host Bears at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field.

Walla Walla and Washington FCA will play for places three and four in the tourney today at 10:15 a.m. The Rush and Hanford will follow at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Borleske Stadium.

Earlier on Saturday, the Bears downed the Spokane Northstars, 6-2, in a quarterfinal contest.

Walla Walla opened tournament play on Friday by splitting a pair of games. It triumphed over the Pullman Patriots, 10-3, and lost to Washington FCA, 3-1.

Rush 15, Bears 1

Washington scored at least one run in every inning of the contest that was called after five frames because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Multiple-run innings for the Rush included a seven-run second, a four-run third, and a two-run fourth.

“That’s what happens when you work from behind in the count,” Walla Walla coach Brian Kitamura said. “We didn’t compete. We need to start to control what we can control to get better.”

Bears 6, Northstars 2

Walla Walla’s Tyler Hamilton hurled an eight-hit complete game and the Bears scored three runs in both the first and second innings during their win over Spokane.

Hamilton shook off a rocky start and pitched no-run, four-hit baseball in innings two through seven.

Spencer Cordeiro aided the Walla Walla cause offensively with a sacrifice fly to left field in the first inning and an RBI double in the second.

Daniel Lake capped the Bears’ three-run rally in the first with a run-scoring single to center.

“Tyler threw the ball well,” Kitamura said. “We didn’t play the most consistent baseball, but we did what we needed to do to win the game. It was a good, scrappy effort from our guys.”

Washington FCA 3, Bears 1

Walla Walla starting pitcher A.J. Carkner threw hitless ball over the final six innings and teammate Moe Handcox drilled a solo home run in defeat.

Washington FCA collected two runs and three hits off Carkner in the first inning, and it proved to be more than enough for starter Talor Okada.

“A.J. threw the ball really well,” Kitamura said. “He needed to settle in a little bit. Once he did, he was able to shut them down.”

The Bears managed just two hits off Okada in the first six innings and were retired in order in the seventh by reliever Evan Purdy.

“I thought we had a good approach at the plate,” Kitamura said. “Their pitcher made big pitches when he needed to. We had opportunities, but weren’t able to execute.”

Bears 10, Patriots 3

Eight Walla Walla hitters registered at least one hit in the Bears’ tournament opener.

Walla Walla blew open a 4-2 contest with a six-run fourth inning. Josh Eggers commenced the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left field while Hamilton, Cordeiro, and Dylan Shuler clubbed RBI singles in the inning.

Two more fourth-inning tallies were recorded on a Patriots’ error.

“We hit the ball well,” Kitamura said. “It was nice to see us drive the ball. Our hitters did a good job of hitting their pitch when they got it.”

Walla Walla notched the win despite being outhit 12-9.

Lake pitched the first four innings for the Bears before giving way to J.J. Zamora.

“Daniel set a good tone,” Kitamura said. “He threw his off-speed pitch effectively to keep them at bay. We did a good job of minimizing.”

Rush 15, Bears 1

Washington 174 21 — 15 11 1

Walla Walla 000 10 — 1 5 1

Clouse, Savard (4), Kahn (5) and Edwards; Shuler, Zamora (2), Kramer (4) and Hamilton, Bakker (5).

HR — none.

Hits — Washington: Clouse 3, Hughes 2, Marty, Buchanan, Holmes, Edwards, Tracey, Beierman; Walla Walla: Zamora, Bakker, Caudill, Eggers, Haen.

Bears 6, Northstars 2

Spokane 200 000 0 — 2 8 3

Walla Walla 330 000 X — 6 6 2

Olson and Soth; Hamilton and Bakker.

HR — none.

Hits — Spokane: Barlow 3, Day, House, Yoppini, Soth, Marker; Walla Walla: Johnson 2, Handcox, Lake, Camacho, Cordeiro.

Washington FCA 3, Bears 1

Washington FCA 200 000 1 — 3 3 0

Walla Walla 000 100 0 — 1 2 3

Okada, Purdy (7) and Anthony; Carkner and Hamilton.

HR — Walla Walla: Handcox.

Hits — Washington FCA: Fedor, Segle, Murphy; Walla Walla: Bakker, Handcox.

Bears 10, Patriots 3

Walla Walla 202 600 0 — 10 9 2

Pullman 002 010 0 — 3 12 3

Lake, Zamora (5) and Hamilton; Druffel, Ellis (3), Redinger (4) and Abdul.

HR — Walla Walla: Hamilton, Bakker.

Hits — Walla Walla: Hamilton 2, Haen, Bakker, Camacho, Handcox, Cordeiro, Shuler, Kramer; Pullman: Peterson 2, Maley 2, Dedic 2, Ellis 2, Redinger, Johnson, Abdul, Morgan.

2013 Walla Walla Sweet Onion Invitational

Sunday’s schedule

at Borleske Stadium

10:15 a.m. — Walla Walla vs. Washington FCA (Third/Fourth)

1 p.m. — Hanford vs. Washington Rush (Championship)

at Walla Walla Community College

10:15 a.m. — Spokane Northstars vs. Tri-County (Seventh/Eighth)

1 p.m. — Lewis-Clark vs. Spokane Crew (Fifth/Sixth)

at Murr Sports Park

10:15 a.m. — Caldwell vs. Spokane Blue Devils

1 p.m. — Pullman vs. Eastside Baseball Club

Saturday’s results

Washington Rush 15, Walla Walla 1

Hanford 7, Washington FCA 4

Walla Walla 6, Spokane Northstars 2

Washington FCA 5, Tri-County 4

Washington Rush 9, Lewis-Clark 0

Hanford 5, Spokane Crew 0

Pullman 14, Caldwell 7

Eastside 13, Spokane Blue Devils 9

Lewis-Clark 8, Spokane Northstars 7

Caldwell 13, Eastside 2

Spokane Blue Devils 11, Pullman 4

Spokane Crew 4, Tri-County 1

Friday’s results

Hanford 14, Spokane Blue Devils 3

Hanford 14, Washington Rush 4

Walla Walla 10, Pullman 3

Washington FCA 3, Walla Walla 1

Tri-County 4, Spokane Northstars 3

Tri-County 6, Caldwell 4

Lewis-Clark 11, Eastside 4

Lewis-Clark 8, Spokane Crew 5

Thursday’s results

Spokane Northstars 5, Caldwell 3

Spokane Crew 16, Eastside 6

Washington Rush 5, Spokane Blue Devils 0

Pullman 8, Washington FCA 4

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