WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins rode a roller coaster of emotions Sunday night during the second session of the Washington American Legion Class AA State Baseball Tournament at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field.
2013 Washington American Legion
Class AA State Baseball Tournament
Lakeside 15, Moses Lake 12 (loser out)
Colville 6, Burlington 2 (loser out)
University 7, North Thurston 3 (loser out)
Yakima Valley 9, Olympia 2 (loser out)
Mt. Spokane 18, Buckley-Enumclaw 11
Mason 9, Walla Walla 7
Eastlake 16, Yakima Beetles 1
Bellingham 5, Gonzaga Prep 0
at Walla Walla
1 p.m. — Colville vs. Buckley-Enumclaw (loser out)
4 p.m. — Walla Walla vs. Lakeside (loser out)
7 p.m. — Mt. Spokane vs. Mason
at Borleske Stadium
12 p.m. — Yakima Beetles vs. Yakima Valley (loser out)
3 p.m. — Gonzaga Prep vs. University (loser out)
6 p.m. — Eastlake vs. Bellingham
Walla Walla rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to take late leads of 6-5 and 7-5, only to squander the latter cushion in the top of the seventh inning of a 9-7 loss to Mason.
“What a game,” Mason coach Dave Edwards said. “I’ve been in some close games, but I was ready for a 9-1-1 call... on myself.”
The Bruins, now 34-7 this summer, face Lakeside in an elimination game at 4 p.m. today at WWCC.
Mason opposes Mt. Spokane tonight at 7, also at Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla allowed two runs in the first inning and three in the second.
The Bruins’ first run of the contest was produced by Kal Gray in the home half of inning one. He spanked a two-out triple, and crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Walla Walla loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning against Mason starter Sammy Lowder. With two out, Robi Novak drew a base on balls to force in a run.
Trevor Coronado followed with a line drive to left field that cleared the bullpen wall for a grand slam home run that gave the Bruins a 6-5 edge and brought a supportive group of Walla Walla partisans to their feet in ecstatic celebration.
“Trevor got a clutch hit in a clutch moment,” Parsons said.
Logan Cordeiro split the right-center field gap with an RBI double in the sixth inning to give the Bruins a two-run margin, 7-5.
In the seventh, Mason tallied four times to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat. First baseman Jordan Logan delivered the key hit — a three-run double to left-center.
Walla Walla put a pair of runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lowder retired Colby Watilo on a fly ball to center to end the stomach-churning affair after two hours and one minute of play.
Mason took advantage of inconsistent Bruins’ pitching. Six of nine Mason batters who scored in the game reached base on walks.
Walla Walla will look to bounce back today when it sends Adam Eskil to the mound against Lakeside.
“Pitching has always been a strength, but we didn’t pitch well,” Parsons said. “We still like our chances. We’ll be all right.”
Edwards expressed praise for both his squad and the Bruins afterward.
“The boys showed a lot of heart, but so did Walla Walla,” Edwards said. “Those boys never once lost their enthusiasm during that game. I know their coaches and fans are proud of that team. They battled and battled and battled. That’s a darn good baseball team.”
Mason 9, Walla Walla 7
Mason 230 000 4 — 9 7 1
Walla Walla 100 051 0 — 7 10 1
Lowder and Follett; Kimball, Barker (2) and Watilo.
HR — Walla Walla: Coronado.
Hits — Mason: Schlesser 2, Kelly, A. Edwards, Bishop, Shelton, Logan; Walla Walla: Buentello 3, Cordeiro 3, Coronado 2, Gray, Novak.