Bruins wallop Walleyes

Walla Walla's Ryan Kimball shields his eyes and goes sliding for the out in shallow right field to end the top of the second inning Friday evening against the visiting Apple Valley Blues.

Walla Walla's Ryan Kimball shields his eyes and goes sliding for the out in shallow right field to end the top of the second inning Friday evening against the visiting Apple Valley Blues. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins commenced play in the Central Washington AA League championship baseball tournament this weekend with two victories at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field.

Walla Walla defeated Apple Valley, 8-4, on Friday before rolling past Moses Lake, 16-1, on Saturday.

The Bruins play Moses Lake today at 5 p.m. in a game that will help decide seeding into the Class AA state tournament that Walla Walla will host beginning next Saturday.

Bruins 16, Walleyes 1

Walla Walla scored in every inning of the contest that was halted after four-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Zehner and Trevor Coronado hit two-out, RBI singles as part of a three-run, first-inning rally against Moses Lake starter Kevin Cosper.

Kal Gray, who slashed four of the Bruins’ 15 hits in the contest, gave Walla Walla a 4-0 lead with an RBI single in the second inning.

The Bruins scored twice more in the third inning and put up 10 runs in the fourth. Ali Buentello drove in Walla Walla’s second run of the third with a two-bagger.

Gray and Magnaghi highlighted the fourth-inning explosion with two-run singles, and Coronado belted a single for a run.

Walla Walla pitcher Ryan Kimball allowed one run and six hits over five innings.

“We played the game, as a whole, better than we did on (Friday),” Parsons said. “Offensively, we took (Cosper’s) fastball away. Ryan was pretty dominant.”

Bruins 8, Blues 4

Walla Walla used a seven-run second inning in its triumph over Apple Valley.

Matt Daniel and Adam Eskil had two-run hits in the frame — a single and double, respectively.

Reid Magnaghi contributed an RBI double in the inning while David Pontarolo stroked a run-scoring single for the Bruins.

Walla Walla also tallied on a wild pitch.

The Bruins’ final run of the game scored in the fifth inning on a chopper to shortstop pounded by Colby Watilo.

Eskil, who pitched three shutout innings in relief of starting pitcher Zach Zehner, led Walla Walla with three hits and Magnaghi added a pair.

“We didn’t play any phase of the game real well,” Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons said. “We were fortunate to come out of the game with a victory.”

Bruins 16, Walleyes 1

Moses Lake 000 10 — 1 6 5

Walla Walla 312 (10)X — 16 15 2

Cosper, Haddican (4), Fisk (4) and Ball, Crum (4); Kimball and Watilo, Daniel (5).

HR — none.

Hits — Moses Lake: Karstetter 3, J. Vela, S. Vela, Cosper; Walla Walla: Gray 4, Buentello 3, Zehner 2, Coronado 2, McKinney, Watilo, Eskil, Magnaghi.

Bruins 8, Blues 4

Apple Valley 001 300 0 — 4 5 0

Walla Walla 070 010 X — 8 10 2

Daniel, Zanol (2) and Simmons; Zehner, Eskil (5) and Daniel, Watilo (4).

HR — none.

Hits — Apple Valley: Harum 3, Romig, Aamold; Walla Walla: Eskil 3, Magnaghi 2, Daniel, Pontarolo, Buentello, Gray, Kimball.

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