PASCO — The Walla Walla Bruins launched their 2013 Junior American Legion baseball season on a positive note here Sunday at Chiawana High School with a pair of Central Washington League victories over the Pasco Sun Devils.
Zack Zehner pitched a complete game and was backed by a 14-hit offensive assault as the Bruins took down the Sun Devils 7-4 in the first game. Ryan Kimball dominated the second game as he twirled a one-hitter and struck out 13 Pasco batters in a 5-1 Walla Walla victory.
“It was good to see the kids applying what they have been taught,” Bruins coach Jason Parsons said. “We are a pretty athletic group.”
Zehner allowed four hits and three earned runs in his seven-inning effort. He finished his day’s work on the mound with eight strikeouts and six walks.
Logan Cordeiro, Blake McKinney, Colby Watilo and Kimball each picked up two hits in the game. Cordeiro contributed a two-run single in the fourth inning, Kimball had a two-run single in the sixth, McKinney scored a pair of runs and Watilo scored once.
Kal Gray made his one hit count as he doubled home the Bruins’ final run in the seventh inning.
Kimball yielded a first-inning run in the nightcap when Pasco’s Devin Black delivered a line drive single into center field to drive in what proved to be the Sun Devils’ only run of the game. It was all Kimball after that as he hurled six hitless innings, allowing five walks to go with his 13 punchouts.
“He seemed to get stronger as the game progressed,” Parsons said of Kimball.
Kyle Barker got the Bruins on the board and in control of the game with a two-run single in the second inning, and he later added an RBI single in the seventh. Ali Buentello also had a pair of hits in the game, including an RBI single in the fourth inning.
The same two teams will get together this afternoon for a single nine-inning game at Warriors Field on the Walla Walla Community College campus on Tausick Way. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Walla Walla 000 303 1 — 7 14 3
Pasco 002 101 0 — 4 4 0
Zehner and Watilo; Black, Coonrod (6) and Washburn.
Hits — WW: Buentello, Pontarolo, Cordeiro 2, Kimball 2, Novak, Daniel, Magnaghi, McKinney 2, Gray, Watilo 2; Pasco: Coonrod, Hawk, Vega 2.
Walla Walla 021 100 1 — 5 7 0
Pasco 100 000 0 — 1 1 2
Kimball and Novak, Watilo (6); Saporito, Hirai (5) and Simpkins.
Hits — WW: Buentello 2, Eskil, Zehner, Novak, Barker 2; Pasco: Black.