WALLA WALLA - Dean's Athletic played a little old-time baseball Sunday as Dean's and the DeSales Blue Mountain Merchants made it an all-wood bats game in the last game of the Walla Walla American Legion Tournament.
Dean's won the game 7-5 and finished the tournament with a 3-2 record.
"It was really fun and both teams really enjoyed it," Dean's coach Troy Jerome said. "It was nice to see the wood bats get broken out and see baseball played like in the good old days."
Both teams scored one run in the first inning but Dean's pulled away with four runs in the third and two runs in the fourth. DeSales scored two runs in the third and one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings but it wasn't enough.
Jode Coil earned the win for Dean's. Tyler Livesay pitched the sixth inning and Chuy Elguezabal was on the mound for Dean's in the seventh.
"It was a great tournament," Jerome said.
La Grande 11, Dave's Food Mart 1
WALLA WALLA - Dave's Food Mart struggled from the mound Sunday, ending up with an 11-1 loss in five innings to the La Grande American Legion team at the Walla Walla Tournament.
"It all comes down to our pitching," Dave's coach Greg Whitten said. "We're a very young team and La Grande has some older kids. Our kids haven't faced the older, more experienced hitters. You have to mix up your pitches and our kids haven't learned that yet."
Randy Wilson earned the loss for Dave's and Kitt Murry came on in the fourth inning.
"Basically we've played a ton of games in June and we're out of pitching," Whitten said. "I get to the ballpark and look around to see who can pitch and everybody's got a sore arm. We're pitching kids who haven't pitched in two years."
La Grande opened scoring with one run in the first inning and never looked back. La Grande scored two runs in the third inning and four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Dave's finished the Walla Walla Tournament with a 1-4 record.
"We were right in a couple of games," Whitten said. "But we just couldn't hold on. We gave up runs in the later innings. But overall, the kids played pretty well."
Spokane 10, Hermiston AAA 0
Tri-city Titans 15, Hermiston AAA 5
PASCO - The Hermiston AAA Heat had a tough day on the diamond Sunday, dropping a 10-0 game to Spokane and suffering a 15-5 loss to the Tri-City Titans in the Twin Cities American Legion Tournament.
"We played good hard baseball today but it just was not meant to be," Hermiston coach Dean Kegler said. "We'd hit the ball right at a guy, they'd hit a dink that would drop right in. Our defense was pretty tight but the ball seemed to have eyes. Wherever the ball went, we weren't."
Spokane scored one run in the second inning and added four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth inning to end the first game of the day in five innings due to the mercy rule.
Tyler Murray earned the loss for Hermiston.
In the second game, the Tri-City Titans opened the first inning with three runs and added seven in the third to put the game out of reach of the Heat.
"We are really lean on our pitching and we have a couple injured players," Kegler said. "But our players kept battling back. They could have given up but they didn't. Tri-Cities coaches were impressed with our hitting. The ball just didn't drop in. Our team's ability to swing the bat is strong."
Hermiston scored one run in the second inning and two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The game was called in six innings due to the mercy rule.
Brad Adams and Jarod Rasmussen doubled for the Heat. Chris Cordova took the loss for Hermiston.