Wa-Hi splits baseball twin bill in Lewiston


LEWISTON — The Walla Walla High School baseball team split a doubleheader with Lewiston here on Monday.

The Blue Devils (5-1) opened with a 9-0 win before losing 9-3 in the nightcap.

In game one, Wa-Hi opened a 4-0 lead after the third inning. Ali Buentello and Blake McKinney opened the third with back-to-back singles, before Spencer Locati picked them up with a two-run triple.

Zach Zehner then scored Locati with a sacrifice fly.

Zehner also hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to give the Blue Devils a 5-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Ryan Kimball also kept the Lewiston bats at bay, as he went six innings without allowing a run and striking out three.

“Ryan Kimball had his second strong outing in a row on the mound,” Wa-Hi coach Keith Gradwohl said. “Lewiston has a strong baseball tradition, so going on the road and getting a split was positive.”

In the second game, Lewiston plated six runs in the second inning and didn’t look back.

Wa-Hi’s Reid Magnaghi finished with three hits in the game.

Wa-Hi opens Mid-Columbia Conference play on Friday against Chiawana.

“We start league play on Friday and we feel like we are ready to go as a team,” Gradwohl said.

First Game

Wa-Hi 013 001 4 — 9 7 1

Lewiston 000 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

Kimball, McKinney (7) and Watilo. Woods, Ricard (7) and Ralstin.

HR — Wa-Hi: Zehner.

Hits — Wa-Hi: Buentello, McKinney (2), Zehner, Magnaghi (2), Cordeiro. Lewiston: Munoz, Urguhert, Schaeffer.

Second Game

Wa-Hi 010 000 2 — 3 7 3

Lewiston 261 000 x — 9 6 4

Zehner, Barker (3), Cordeiro (6) and Novak. Schaeffer, Jensen (7) and Scott.

HR — Lewiston: Munoz.

Hits — Wa-Hi: Buentello, Magnaghi (3), Sumerlin, Coronado, Davidson. Lewiston: Munoz (2), Cameron, Gary, Martin (2).


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