WALLA WALLA - The Blue Mountain baseball team started the second day of action in the Columbia Basin Tournament off with a big 2-1 win over Lower Columbia, which was ranked No. 1 in the NWAACC preseason polls.
But like the did the day before, the T-Wolves stumbled in their second game and fell 12-4 to Grays Harbor.
"It was just like (Friday) only worse," coach Brett Bryan said. "We just didn't pitch. We didn't pitch in the bottom half of the strike zone and they hit."
Grays Harbor (4-14) racked up their 12 runs on a dozen hits and ended the game in the fifth due to the mercy rule. Logan Capp, Kelly Hall, Rico Adams and Tommy Quinby all were 2 for 3 and Dillon Wartman was 2 for 2 for the Chokers.
Kyle Cruzen got the win against Lower Columbia (7-5) and pitched seven complete innings with seven strikeouts and two walks before giving way to Deren Jones, who picked up his fourth save.
Hitting out of the three spot, Derek Bettinson continued to swing a hot bat and went 2 for 3 in Game 1, as did Spencer Lynn, who also added a RBI.
The T-Wolves (11-8) scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth when a passed ball allowed Lynn to score.
Bettinson started the inning off reaching first on catcher interference and was moved to third with a Lynn double. He was thrown out at the plate with one out when he attempted to score after a swinging bunt.
Blue Mountain will play their final tournament game today against Green River at 11 a.m.