Bears knock out 25 hits, sweep twin bill with Northeast 49ers

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bears handed Chewelah’s Northeast 49ers a pair of wallopings Wednesday at Walla Walla Community College’s playfield.

The Bears, an independent select baseball team, handed the American Legion AAA 49ers a 14-4 setback in the opener and continued the assault, 13-3, in the nightcap.

Bears center fielder Moe Handcox continued his hot streak with a three-run blast in the nightcap, part of a 6-for-7 day at the plate with seven RBI. Handcox, who reached base nine times in 10 chances, saw his hitting streak extend to 13 games.

“Moe’s been hot for us,” Bears coach Brian Kitamura said. “Especially as of late.”

Handcox was just a part of the offensive juggernaut, however, as the Bears rattled off 25 hits and 27 runs on the day.

“Offensively we had a very good approach at the plate and we took advantage of a lot of free passes,” Kitamura said. “We hit the ball very well, especially in game one, banging out 17 hits.”

Tim Caudill also contributed at the plate, knocking out four base hits, including two doubles and a triple, while batting in four runs.

The Bears (24-9-1) have just six games remaining this season. Walla Walla takes on the Lewis-Clark Twins in Lewiston this Saturday and Sunday in an annual four-game series and concludes their season with a home doubleheader Tuesday against the Columbia Gorge Hustlers.

BEARS 14, 49ERS 4

NE 49ers 010 030 — 4 7 1

WW Bears 218 201 — 14 17 3

Cain, Cavenis (3), Hart (4) and Henry. Carkner and Hamilton.

HR — none.

Hits — Northeast: Hanson 2, Shuler, Wethwell, Maxwell, Widdowson, Hartinger; Walla Walla: Eggers 3, Haen 2, Handcox 4, Hamilton, Bakker 3, Caudill 2, Shuler, Camacho.

BEARS 13, 49ERS 3

NE 49ers 201 000 — 3 6 2

WW Bears 501 331 — 13 8 0

Sweat, Cavenis (4), and Widdowson. Lake, Zamora (6) and Hamilton.

HR — Walla Walla: Handcox.

Hits — Northeast: Hanson, Shuler, Maxwell 2, Widdowson, Hart; Walla Walla: Haen, Handcox 2, Bakker, Caudill 2, Cordeiro, Shuler.

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