Exchange fielder Grason Gillin (center) makes a muddy stab at second base in an attempt to force out a D.A. Davidson base runner at second base during thier game Wednesday evening at Walla Walla Community College. The baserunner arrived slightly ahead of the touch from Gillin and was called safe on the play.
Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.
WALLA WALLA — A quartet of Exchange pitchers teamed up for a three-hitter and John Crowley knocked in a pair of runs Wednesday night during a 3-1 semifinal victory over D.A. Davidson in Walla Walla All-City Babe Ruth baseball tournament action at Walla Walla Community College’s soggy Tausick Way field.
Aron Fazzari, Jack Dwyer, Levi Haen, and Isaiah Standard each saw at least one inning of mound duty and combined to strike out 12 hitters in the triumph that improved Exchange’s record to a perfect 17-0.
D.A. Davidson ended its late-spring and early-summer run with a mark of 7-11-2.
Exchange will oppose Eastgate Lions for the tourney title today at 8 p.m. at Ray Lane Field on the DeSales High School campus. The game will be a rematch of the 2012 championship contest.
D.A. Davidson tallied its run in the bottom of the first inning on an Exchange error.
Exchange evened the score in inning two on a two-out, RBI double by Crowley that split the left-center field alley.
“At that point in the game, that was the clutch at-bat in the game,” Exchange manager Rod Fazzari said.
A wild pitch and a Crowley sacrifice fly in the fourth produced the final two runs of the game. Grayson Gillin had led off the inning with a walk and Kenneth Rooks towered a two-bagger to center to place runners at second and third.
“He (Crowley) got down 0-2 and worked the count to 1-2,” manager Fazzari said. “Getting a bat on the ball was all we needed.”
D.A. Davidson had multiple chances to add to its run total, but was unable to do so. It stranded runners at first and second in the second inning, on the corners in the fifth, and could not deliver a runner from third in the sixth inning.
“I would like to have seen a little more aggressive at-bats,” D.A. Davidson manager Jacob Smith said. “We had opportunities, but you’ve got to take advantage of them. Their pitchers are all tough. They don’t give you many opportunities.”
Dillon Courson and Evan Smith pitched respectable ball for D.A. Davidson. Courson fanned eight over five innings and Smith struck out two in as many frames.
“Our pitchers were great,” manager Smith said. “They used their off-speed pitches effectively.
“Our kids did great,” manager Smith said. “We struggled the last half of the season, but I couldn’t ask for anything more (in this game) — for them to bring their best effort.”
Exchange 3, D.A. Davidson 1
Exchange 010 200 0 — 3 7 1
D.A. Davidson 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
Fazzari, Dwyer (3), L. Haen (4), Standard (7) and Crowley, E. Haen (5); Courson, Smith (6) and Sisaiyaket.
Hits — Exchange: E. Haen 2, Crowley, Rooks, L. Haen, Bergevin, Lemus; D.A. Davidson: Gorze, Liening, Russel.