WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Griz will enter the final session of their annual summer baseball tournament today with an opportunity to finish as high as fifth place in the 12-team field.
Walla Walla will face Lakeside Recovery today at 8 a.m. on Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way diamond. A win would put the Griz in the fifth- and sixth-place game at 1 p.m. at WWCC. A loss would send them to Borleske Stadium for the seventh- and eighth-place contest at 1 p.m.
The Griz split their first two tourney games. Walla Walla lost to Lux Baseball, 11-4, on Saturday after posting a 13-3 triumph over the Kimmel Titans on Friday night.
Lux Baseball 11, Griz 4
Walla Walla fell behind 11-0 after two innings of play before rallying to within striking distance.
The Griz scored four times in the third inning, once in the fifth, and two more in the seventh. Walla Walla had two runners on with two out in the final frame after tallying twice and had the potential tying run in the on-deck circle.
But Lux reliever Ethan Liggett struck out pinch-hitter Kahili Helm to end the game.
Devon Oliver gave the Griz a chance by pitching shutout ball during innings three through six. Oliver took the hill in the second inning in relief of starting pitcher Joey Camacho.
“Devon performed well,” Griz coach Ryan Van Dyke said. “This was his best pitching performance of the year.”
Camacho, Justin Olivares, Mike Chavez, Carter Davis, and Dexter Aichele had a hit apiece for Walla Walla.
“We had some timely hits and there were some mistakes on their part,” Van Dyke said of the comeback. “We put together a couple of good innings.”
Griz 13, Kimmel Titans 3
Walla Walla banged out 17 hits and scored nine runs on as many hits in the sixth inning in their mercy-rule win.
Zach Leahy and Connor Lemma both had two-run singles in the nine-run sixth. Jordan Olivares added an RBI triple while Davis and Jake Liening contributed a run-scoring single each.
“We got (comfortable) with their pitcher (Johnny Sherrill),” Van Dyke said. “Our hitters had seen him twice already. He didn’t have as good a stuff as he had in the first couple of innings, so that was beneficial for our hitters.”
Lux Baseball 11, Griz 7
Griz 004 010 2 — 7 5 4
Lux 740 000 X — 11 9 5
Joe. Camacho, Oliver (2) and Lemma; Ferguson, Belleman (4), Liggett (7) and Scheffler, Bayes (4).
HR — none.
Hits — Griz: Joe. Camacho, Ju. Olivares, Chavez, Davis, Aichele; Lux: Ferguson 2, Scheffler 2, Lux, Nunez, Liggett, Bivins, Voutour.
Griz 13, Kimmel Titans 3
Kimmel 030 000 — 3 4 6
Griz 200 029 — 13 17 1
Sherrill and Cornwell; Davis and Leahy.
HR — none.
Hits — Kimmel Truman, Harris, Fluery, Jennings; Griz: Jo. Olivares 3, Joe. Camacho 3, Calzaretta 2, Leahy 2, Davis 2, Lemons, Jos. Camacho, Helms, Leining, Lemma.
2014 Walla Walla Griz tournament
Columbia Basin 13, Richland 1
Kirkland 15, Coeur d’Alene 4
Lux Baseball 11, Walla Walla 4
Kennewick 4, Lakeside 2
Lux Baseball 17, Kimmel Titans 0
Columbia Basin 17, Round Table Saxons 0
Lakeside Recovery 11, Stanfield 4
Kirkland Merchants 6, Hanford 2
Kennewick 11, Stanfield 0
Walla Walla 13, Kimmel Titans 3
Richland 16 Round Table Saxons 5
Coeur d’Alene 5, Hanford 4
at Walla Walla Community College
8 a.m. — Walla Walla vs. Lakeside Recovery
10:30 a.m. — Lux Baseball vs. Kennewick
1 p.m. — Walla Walla-Lakeside Recovery winner vs. Richland-Coeur d’Alene winner (Fifth/Sixth)
3:30 p.m. — Lux Baseball-Kennewick winner vs. Columbia Basin-Kirkland winner (Championship game)
at Borleske Stadium
8 a.m. — Richland vs. Coeur d’Alene
10:30 a.m. — Columbia Basin vs. Kirkland
1 p.m. — Walla Walla-Lakeside Recovery loser vs. Richland-Coeur d’Alene loser (Seventh/Eighth)
3:30 p.m. — Lux Baseball-Kennewick loser vs. Columbia Basin-Kirkland loser (Third/Fourth)
at Murr Sports Park
10:30 a.m. — Kimmel Titans vs. Stanfield
1 p.m. — Kimmel Titans-Stanfield winner vs. Round Table Saxons-Hanford winner (Ninth/10th)
at Ray Lane Field
10:30 a.m. — Round Table Saxons vs. Hanford
1 p.m. — Kimmel Titans-Stanfield loser vs. Round Table Saxons-Hanford loser (11th/12th)