Tuesday, July 30, 2013
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Bruins kept their 2013 summer baseball season
alive Monday afternoon with a 10-6, loser-out victory over Lakeside during session
three of the Washington American Legion Class AA State Baseball Tournament at Walla Walla Community College’s Tausick Way field.
Nine different Bruins collected at least one hit — led by the two apiece of Kal Gray, Trevor Coronado and Adam Eskil — as Walla Walla improved its record to 35-7 and earned the right to oppose Mt. Spokane in an elimination game today at 4 p.m. on the WWCC diamond.
“We have 15 kids that can play,” said Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons, who is winding down his 13th season as the head Bruin. “This is the best depth we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
The Bruins tallied the game’s first run when Reid Magnaghi earned a bases-loaded walk in the top half of inning one.
Walla Walla added two more runs in the second on sacrifice flies to center field by Logan Cordeiro and Gray.
Eskil, the Bruins’ starting pitcher, allowed just one run through the first three innings despite flirting with potential disaster in the second and third frames.
Lakeside had runners at first and second with no outs in the second, but failed to score. It tallied its first run in the third inning, but left the bases loaded.
Walla Walla established breathing room with a four-run fourth inning that increased its lead to 7-1. A double steal resulted in the first run, Gray blooped an RBI double to left, Magnaghi brought another runner home with a fielder’s choice, and the final run of the inning was put on the board on a Lakeside error.
Lakeside scored three times without the benefit of a hit against Eskil in the home fourth to cut a six-run deficit to three, 7-4. It took advantage of five walks, two wild pitches, and a hit by pitch.
“We’ve got to get our starting pitching back on track,” Parsons said. “This is very uncharacteristic of our pitching staff.”
Blake McKinney relieved Eskil and wiggled out of a bases-loaded, two-out mess by getting Hugh Smith to hit a one bouncer back to the mound which led to the final out of inning four.
After an uneventful fifth inning in which neither team scored, the Bruins reclaimed a six-run spread with a three-run sixth. The first run touched the plate when Robi Novak was hit by a pitch with the sacks full.
Eskil brought in the final pair of Walla Walla runs with a single.
“We hit the ball very well,” Parsons said. “Situationally, we hit very well.”
Lakeside scored one run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but they were not enough for it to continue its summer campaign.
McKinney earned the victory with three-and-a third innings of effective relief. He allowed four hits, one earned run and walked one.
Walla Walla 10, Lakeside 6
Walla Walla 120 403 0 — 10 13 2
Lakeside 001 301 1 — 6 7 2
Eskil, McKinney (4) and Daniel; Zeutenhorse, Gruber (5) and Miller.
HR — none.
Hits — Walla Walla: Gray 2, Coronado 2, Eskil 2, Cordeiro, Sumerlin, McKinney, Zehner, Buentello, Watilo, Kimball; Lakeside: Swinscoe 2, Partlow, Sarkozy, Chriest, Guinasso, Miller.