KENNEWICK — The Walla Walla Bruins got an efficient performance from starting pitcher Kyle Barker and notched their sixth league win Monday, downing the Kennewick Dusters 8-2 in a single nine-inning game.
Barker scattered four hits for two runs over seven innings of work and struck out three and walked two, but “he was very efficient,” Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. “That was exactly what we needed at this point. After five games in three days, our pitching staff was pretty depleted.”
The Bruins are coming off a split with Mt. Spokane Saturday and completed a three-game sweep of the Dusters after winning both ends of a doubleheader against Kennewick Sunday.
Walla Walla is now 7-1 overall and 6-0 in Central Washington Junior American Legion play, with the Bruins’ only loss coming to Mt. Spokane Saturday.
The Bruins blasted Kennewick with six runs in the opening frame Monday, but Kennewick starter Kaden Enriquez settled in after giving up six hits in the first inning to limit Walla Walla to two runs on two hits for the remaining six innings.
“We lost a little bit of our pationce (at the plate) after that first inning,” Parsons said. “We didn’t make him have to work like we did in that first inning.”
The Bruins next take the field Saturday against the Kennewick Phantoms for a single game at 1 p.m.
Bruins 8, Dusters 2
Bruins 600 010 100 — 8 8 3
Dusters 100 010 000 — 2 4 2
Barker, Cordeiro (8) and Watilo. Enriquez, Jones (8) and Hardy.
Hits — Bruins: Buentello, Cordeiro, Eskil, Coronado 2, Magnaghi, McKinney, Watilo. Dusters: Darby 2, Price, Schouviller.