WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears ended play in their annual summer baseball tournament in disappointing fashion Sunday morning with an 11-1 loss to the Washington Federation of Christian Athletes in the third- and fourth-places game at Borleske Stadium.
In Sunday’s championship game, also at Borleske Stadium, Hanford upended the Washington Rush, 12-2.
Sunday’s Walla Walla-FCA battle was a rematch of a pool-play contest that unfolded at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field on Friday night. FCA prevailed in that one by a 3-1 score.
On Sunday it was a case of new day, same result.
FCA took the early lead by bunching four runs and five hits into a productive first-inning rally.
The Bears picked up their lone run in the bottom of the first and threatened to draw closer when they loaded the bases with two outs.
But FCA second baseman Jonathon Yang ended the frame with a two-handed catch of a line drive off the bat of Walla Walla’s Tim Caudill.
FCA played add-on in innings two and three. It scored twice in the second inning and three more times in the third.
The Seattle-area team scored its final two runs of the game in the fifth inning to bring the 10-run mercy rule into play.
Eric Anthony led FCA’s 13-hit attack with four knocks. Teammates Conner Fedor and Wyatt Seagle added two hits apiece.
FCA starting pitcher Jake Dees allowed just three hits over five innings.
“It was inconsistent baseball on our end,” Walla Walla coach Brian Kitamura said. “It’s hard to win consistently when you don’t compete day in and day out. We have a good squad, but we need to regroup.”
Washington FCA 11, Bears 1
Washington FCA 423 02 — 11 13 1
Walla Walla 100 00 — 1 3 2
Dees and Moore; Cordeiro, Carkner (4), Lake (5) and Bakker.
HR — none.
Hits — Washington FCA: Anthony 4, Fedor 2, Seagle 2, Adams, Ackerman, Moore, Yang, Purdy; Walla Walla: Camacho, Handcox, Hamilton.