EPHRATA, Wash. — The Walla Walla Bears limped home Sunday night with a 1-3 record in the weekend long High Desert Classic summer baseball tournament.
The Bears opened pool play Friday with a 12-3 victory over the Brooklyn Baseball Club of Yakima, but it was all downhill after that.
In a second game Friday the Walla Wallans lost a 5-4 decision to the Boys of Summer of Bellevue. And in their final pool play game Saturday, they fell to the Columbia Basin Riverdogs of Moses Lake 14-6.
In what had to be the most disappointing game of all for Walla Walla coach Brian Kitamura, the Bears were guilty of 11 defensive errors in Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Boys of Summer in the third-place game that took nine innings to decide.
“We’re looking to clean up our defense and get back on the right track,” Kitamura said as he looked ahead to the team’s next outing, which is this afternoon when the Bears host the Pasco Sun Devils in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Murr Field.
In Sunday’s game, the Bears rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to force a 4-4 tie that forced extra innings. They then scored twice in the top of the ninth for a 6-4 lead, but Bellevue rode a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to the victory.
Moe Handcox, Daniel Camacho and Tyler Hamilton had two hits each for the Bears in the final game. Handcox also had a pair of hits in the loss to the Riverdogs, a game that was called after five innings.
AJ Carkner gave the Bears six complete innings of four-hit ball in the tournament opener on Friday and the Bears backed him up with 10 hits to just one error.
Walla Walla built a 5-0 lead before Brooklyn scored a run in the second.
Spencer Cordeiro hit his third homer of the season to extend the lead to 11-3
The Bears faced stiffer competition in Friday’s nightcap, as the Boys of Summer held Walla Walla without a run until the fifth inning. The Bears rallied for four runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, but Bellevue rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth and pushed across the winning run in the seventh.
Josh Eggers led the Bears with four base hits Friday, two in each game. Hamilton, Camacho and Julian Zamora had two hits each in the the Bears’ lone victory.
The Bears are now 10-5 overall with one tie.
Bears 12, Brooklyn Baseball Club 3
Walla Walla 230 223 — 12 10 1
Yakima 010 200 — 3 4 2
Carkner and Hamilton. Miller, Cookson (2), Gardner (6) and Campbell.
HR — Bears, Cordeiro; Yakima, Stone.
Hits — Bears: Johnson, Eggers 2, Handcox, Hamilton 2, Zamora 2, Cordeiro, Camacho 2; Yakima: Valencia, Stone, White, Nester.
Boys of Summer 5, Bears 4
Walla Walla 000 040 0 — 4 4 4
Bellevue 010 120 1 — 5 10 0
Shuler, Handcox (7) and Hamilton. Sass, Carpenter (6) and Druce.
Hits — Walla Walla: Eggers 2, Cordeiro, Camacho; Boys of Summer: Wagner, Elder, Druce, Woollet, Solomon, Ross 2, Laine, Ganlet.
Riverdogs 14, Bears 6
Walla Walla 003 30 — 6 4 2
CB 209 03 — 14 14 4
Kramer, Lake (5) and Bakker; Ledgard, Van Vleck (5) and Gribble.
Hits — WW: Eggers, Handcox 2, Zamora; Columbia Basin: Weiler 3, Darlington, Ledgard 2, Lorea, Gribble, Walker 2, Sutherland 3, Derr.
Boys of Summer 7, Bears 6
Walla Walla 000 101 202 — 6 8 11
Bellevue 101 100 003 — 7 15 1
Zamora, Carkner (6), Hamilton (9) and Hamilton, Bakker (9); Solomon, Troung (8) and Laine.
HR — Bellevue, Lachel.
Hits — WW: Eggers, Handcox 2, Hamilton 2, Shuler, Kramer, Camacho 2; Bellevue: Wagner 2, Brock, Lachel 2, Ross, Brown, Zonta 3, Carpenter 2, Ganlet, Chatterti 2.