Griz rally to take third at Chuck Brown Memorial

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SELAH, Wash. — The Walla Walla Griz blasted Warehouse Performance of Spokane 11-1 here Sunday to complete a resounding comeback and place third at the Chuck Brown Memorial 16-and-under summer baseball tournament.

It was the Griz’s third straight tournament victory after Thursday’s first-round defeat at the hands of West Valley of Spokane, 11-10. The Walla Wallans regrouped Friday with an 11-0 victory over the Yakima Rookie Beetles and followed up Saturday with a hard fought 6-5 win over the Pasco Rebels to force their way into Sunday’s third-place game.

Mitch Lesmeister pitched a five-inning complete game for the Griz, and he had plenty of offensive support as Walla Walla collected 10 hits on the day.

Lesmeister limited Warehouse Performance to three hits and walked just one. Although he didn’t register a single strikeout, the lone run that he allowed came in the third inning and was unearned.

Meanwhile, Joe Yenney and Anders Davidson led the offensive assault. Yenney collected two singles and a double, drove in three runs and scored twice while Davidson stroked a single and a double, scored twice and garnered four RBIs.

Nelson Carpenter also tacked on a pair of singles and scored twice, and Dexter Aichele delivered a key two-run single in the Griz’s six-run third inning that broke open a scoreless game.

“We had a pretty good weekend,” Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said. “We were only a couple of mistakes away from playing in the championship game.

“But I liked the way we battled back on Friday and then won a close game on Saturday. We’ve been putting some complete games together, and that’s a good sign going into district.”

Although Moses Lake, the fourth place team in the Central Washington Single A American Legion League, still has several games to play, Van Dyke expects his team to enter Sunday’s district tournament as the No. 3 seed.

Walla Walla has already completed league play while Richland and Hanford, the top two teams in the league standings, still have games remaining against Moses Lake.

The district tournament will be played in Richland or at Hanford, with the No. 2 seed facing the third seed in a loser-out game in the opener.

The winner of that game then takes on the No. 1 seed, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

However, the Griz, who are now 26-15 on the season, will play a pair of non-league doubleheaders this week before district play begins.

They’ll travel to Yakima Wednesday for a pair of games against the Yakima Rookie Beetles at Davis High, with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Walla Walla entertains the Pendleton Pepsijax at Murr Field in a 3 p.m. twin bill.

Griz 11, Warehouse Performance 1

Walla Walla 006 14 — 11 10 2

Warehouse Perf 001 00 — 1 3 1

Lesmeister and Leahy; Thomas, Chan (3) and Gomez.

Hits — WW: Carpenter 2, Davidson 2, Yenney 3, Aichele, Camacho, Cinnamon; Warehouse Performance: Thomas, Acock, Brown.

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