Griz split Day 2 of Sweet Invitational

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WALLA WALLA — After dominating their opponents Friday, the Walla Walla Griz ran into tougher foes here Saturday.

The Griz lost to Titan Diamond Club 10-8 and beat the Kirkland Merchants 10-8 Saturday.

Walla Walla was down 10-5 going into the bottom of the seventh against Titan Diamond Club when the Griz rallied for three runs.

Joe Yenney flew out to leadoff and Dexter Aichele walked before next batter was hit-by-pitch.

With runners on first and second, Gus Calzeretta walked to load the bases. Josh Needham and James Cinnamon both walked to force in two runs.

Justin Elsom followed with a sac-fly RBI to narrow the TItans’ adantage to two, 10-8. That was the final score, as the next Griz batter struck out for the third out.

In the game against the Merchants, Walla Walla rallied for six runs in the third to take a 6-5 lead. Wyatt Taylor capped the rally with a two-run double.

Kirkland fought back with two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead back, 7-6.

But the Griz responded again with two runs to take the lead for the final time at 8-7 in the bottom of the frame.

Joey Camacho grounded out to lead off the decisive fourth. Lybbert singled and advanced to second on a pass ball.

Elsom walked and Anders Davidson bunted back to the pitcher, who threw the ball away at first.

Lybbert scored on the pitcher’s throwing error and runners advanced to second and third.

Yenney followed with an RBI groundout before the final out of the inning.

“I was proud of the way our team clawed back in both games to either tie and take the lead or get close,” Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said.

The Griz will play again today, possibly in the tournament title game depending on this morning’s results.

On Friday afternoon the Griz beat Round Table 19-0 and Moscow/Pullman 15-5.

Titan 10, Walla Walla 8

TDC 116 200 0 — 10 13 3

Walla Walla 000 041 3 — 8 7 2

Quierente and Malcolm. Carpenter, Needham (4) and Leahy.

Hits — Titan: Garrison 4, Quierente 2, Marker, Cline 2, Sichle 2, Malcolm 2; WW: Carpenter 2, Davidson, Yenney, Leahy, Calzeretta, Needham,

Walla Walla 10, Kirkland 9

Merchants 014 200 2 — 9 6 5

Walla Walla 006 220 X — 10 7 3

Cuiba Rohacek (5) Lewis (6) and Hurst, Scheffler (5). Taylor, Davidson (7) Aichele (7) and Lybbert.

Hits — Kirk: Steele Falco Winkle 2, Cogair 2. WW: Lybbert 2, Davidson, Taylor, Aichele, Feistner, Camacho.

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