WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out a 5-4 victory over the Mt. Spokane Wild in the first game of a junior American Legion baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Walla Walla Community College’s Warrior Field.
Mt. Spokane took the nightcap, 8-4, to hand the Bruins their first taste of defeat.
Walla Walla now sits at 4-1 on the season.
In the opener, Blake McKinney led off the Bruins’ seventh with a walk and was forced out at second base when Reid Magnaghi hit into a fielder’s choice.
Robbie Novak was hit by a pitch and Ali Buentello singled to load the bases.
Kal Gray tied the score with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Magnaghi. Novak advanced to third on the play and scored the winning run when Jordan Fitzpatrick’s throw to the infield eluded the Wild third baseman.
Gray, Novak, and Adam Eskil had two hits apiece in game two for the Bruins.
“I was proud of our pitching today,” Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons said. “In game two, we had kids pitch that didn’t have much experience.
“Offensively, we hit the ball sharlply and they just made the plays,” Parsons said. “We need to clean things up defensively, but it’s still early. We’ll be all right.”
Walla Walla made seven errors on the day.
Walla Walla hosts the Kennewick Bandits for a league doubleheader today at 1 p.m. at Murr Sports Park.
Mt. Spokane 000 220 0 — 4 4 2
Walla Walla 201 000 2 — 5 4 3
Robinette, Donald (7) and MacDonald, Bailey (7); Coronado and Watilo, Novak (6).
HR — none.
Hits — Mt. Spokane: Fitzpatrick, Leavey, MacDonald, Cain; Walla Walla: Buentello, Zehner, Eskil, Watilo.
Mt. Spokane 200 300 3 — 8 8 1
Walla Walla 000 040 0 — 4 9 4
Streltoff, Scheibel (5), MacDonald (6) and Parada; McKinney, Magnaghi (3), Novak (5) and Watilo.
HR — Mt. Spokane: Fitzpatrick.
Hits — Mt. Spokane: Fitzpatrick 3, Leavey 2, Bailey, Powell, Robinette; Walla Walla: Gray 2, Eskil 2, Novak 2, Buentello, Kimball, Watilo.