WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins thumped the Milton-Freewater Blazers, 13-1, with 15 Bruin hits and six Blazer errors here at Murr Field Wednesday afternoon in non-league summer baseball action.
Bruins’ starter Blake McKinney pitched 6 2/3 innings to get the win. He gave up five hits, three walks, and struck out five.
“I thought for the most part Blake (McKinney) did a good job throwing strikes,” Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons said. “We had some key hits throughout the game. They’re (Blazers) a young team. We still have some things that we need to clean up too. We still have time to do it.”
Walla Walla reliever Logan Cordeiro got the final out of the game with the bases loaded and one run across for Milton-Freewater in the top of the seventh.
The Bruins had already built a 13-0 lead going into the seventh.
The Bruins (12-1, 9-0 league) had two players with three hits — Trevor Coronado and Logan Cordeiro. Kal Gray and Kyle Barker added two hits apiece.
Gray, who led the team with three RBIs, launched a two-RBI double that started scoring in the bottom of the first. Ali Buentello and Cordeiro set the table with back-to-back singles to open the inning and Gray wound up scoring from second base on two passed balls.
Milton-Freewater escaped the inning with a 6-4-2 double play, limiting the damage to three runs.
The Blazers were unable to answer and the Bruins put up two more runs in the second inning on RBI singles from Gray and Cordeiro.
Three Milton-Freewater errors in the bottom of the third inning led to three more Walla Walla runs, and the Bruins held a commanding 8-0 lead.
“We didn’t make some of the plays,” Milton-Freewater coach Mike Garcia said. “Sometimes you’re going to make the plays and sometimes you’re not. We should have made those plays but we didn’t.”
The Bruins piled on the fifth inning, scoring five more runs on four hits, a Blazer error and two hit-by-pitches.
The Blazers had their one run-scoring rally in top of the seventh, as they finally got to Bruin starter McKinney.
Jordan Leinbach singled to lead off, Grayson Shuler struck out and Vince Roff singled for the second time in the game to put runners on first and third.
Jose Aguilar popped out and Jesus Vela walked to load the bases with two outs. Garrett Shell followed with an bases-loaded walk to push across Milton-Freewater’s lone run.
But the rally was squelched when Cordeiro took the mound and got the Blazers’ Calvin Thacker to fly out to center field.
The Blazers (2-6) play five games over the weekend in the Hermiston Tournament.
The Bruins play a single nine-inning game at Southridge High School against the Kennewick Bandits Monday at 5 p.m.
Bruins 13, Blazers 1
Milton-Freewater 000 000 1 — 1 5 6
Walla Walla 323 050 X — 13 15 0
Ortiz, Leinbach (5) and Roff. McKinney, Cordeiro (7) and Daniel, Watilo (7).
Hits — M-F: C. Thacker, Leinbach, Roff 2, Shell. WW: Buentello , Cordeiro 3, Gray 2, Kimball, Eskil, Magnaghi , Daniel, Barker 2, Coronado 3.