Wa-Hi shakes off cobwebs with jamboree


WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School saw what it needed to see Saturday in its season-opening jamboree.

In a pair of non-counting, three-inning games, Wa-Hi defeated Southridge 2-0 and tied with Moses Lake, 1-1.

“And it was just a beautiful day,” Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradwohl said. “Both Southridge and Moses Lake have good coaches and good kids, so it was just a wonderful day.

“We competed and saw some good things and some things we needed to work on, so we’re going to be fine — it was fun.”

Senior Luke Reardan, sophomore Blake McKinney and junior Zach Zehner combined to throw a shutout in the first game. Junior Adam Mathews gave up an unearned run in the first inning against Moses Lake and sophomore Trever Coronado and senior Daniel Lake each pitched shutout innings to close the game.

“The thing that was the most impressive was that the two sophomores (McKinney and Coronado) got in there and looked like they fit in, that was good.” Gradwohl said. “Daniel Lake was impressive. He had good command with his changeup and that’s his money pitch, so that was good to see.

“I feel comfortable that we could have any one of them as starters, any of the six (pitchers).”

Wa-Hi opens the regular season with a single game against Pendleton Friday at 3 p.m.


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