Monday, July 11, 2011
BREMERTON, Wash. - Powered by the middle of their lineup, the Walla Walla Sweets overcame three errors and nine walks to earn their fourth consecutive victory and sweep the Kitsap BlueJackets, 10-5, on Sunday at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Special Event Center.
Elliot Stewart, Scott Gottschling, Kevin Williams and Brenton Allen, the 4-5-6-7 hitters in the lineup, combined to go 8-for-18 with nine RBI and four runs scored to lead the 12-hit attack.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Allen ripped a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right for his first home run of the summer, tying the game at 1-1.
The Sweets gave the lead right back on an infield error in the bottom of the second, but responded with two in the third.
Alex Stanford reached on an error to start the inning and Kitsap starter Terik Goldfinch walked two batters to load the bases with one out.
Gottschling followed by chopping a pitch down the third-base line that Goldfinch tried to bare-hand but bobbled, scoring Stanford to tie the game.
Williams followed with a sac fly to left to give the Sweets their first lead of the night - a lead they would not relinquish.
Williams turned in the defensive play of the year in the third inning. BlueJacket Andrew Biancardi doubled to open the inning and Austin O'Such walked to put the first two runners on against Sweets starter Daniel Jewett.
With a 1-1 count on Claude Johnson, Kitsap sent both runners in motion, and that's when Williams made his play. Johnson lined the pitch up the middle and Williams snagged the line drive, touched second to double off Biancardi and threw to first to retire O'Such and complete the 6-3, inning-ending triple play.
The play kept the Sweets in the lead, a lead they extended with a fifth-inning run, four in the sixth and two in the eighth.
Walla Walla is now 5-3 on the road trip and finish the trip in Wenatchee at 7:05 p.m. tonight.
Sweets 10, BlueJackets 5
Walla Walla 012 014 020 - 10 12 3
Bremerton 110 012 000 - 5 8 1
Jewett, Peterson (6), Litchfield (6) and Hawk. Gofinch, Lee (5), Lanza (6), Cartwright (8) and Lonsdale, Brann (9).
HR - WW: Allen.
Hits - WW: Stanford 2, Brackenridge, Wentz, Stewart 2, Gottschling 2, Williams 2, Allen 2. Brem: Norton 4, Biancardi 2, O'Such, Barton.