HERMISTON - The Moses Lake Walleyes took the lessons learned in Thursday's loss to the Class AAA Hermiston Heat and applied them on the first day of the Hermiston Wood Bat Tournament for a pair of big wins.
Then they turned around bright and early Saturday morning and proved they can win the close ones, beating the Heat 2-1 at Shockman Field in an 8 a.m. game.
"When we played (Hermiston) the first time we just kind of sat back and saw what they've got," Walleyes starting pitcher Blaine Myers said. "This time we came out and really went after them."
"I told the kids that was a fluke," he said of their 12-2 win Thursday. "I said, 'Expect a different team today.' "
After the game Johnson wondered why they had even scheduled such an early game.
"It's summertime, the kids want to sleep in," he said. "The bats were asleep today."
The Heat had scored 42 runs in their previous three games, but couldn't get anything going Saturday, coming up with just five hits.
Myers pitched the complete game for the Walleyes, ringing up seven Hermiston batters. He said his pitches finally started doing what he wanted Saturday.
"That was the first time all season, so it was nice" he said.
"He just threw strikes," Johnson said of Myers. "He spun a couple different pitches over for strikes and he competed out there."
The Heat got a solid day out of Bryce Baldock, who also threw a complete game and gave up one earned run on six hits.
"Bryce pitched his tail off," Johnson said. "This is the third outing in a row that he's come out and pitched a good game for us. He just has been the hard luck loser. He's really developing as a pitcher and that's good because next year he's going to be the guy for Hermiston."
The Heat tied the score at one apiece in the top of the fifth inning on a Derek Lete bunt, but not without consequences.
Lete was attempting to move catcher Jose Rosales over from second to third base, and put down a perfect sacrifice bunt.
Myers fielded the ball and threw to first, but his trajectory was a little off and he caught Lete in the back of the helmet.
Lete then collided with Walleye's first baseman Kurt Hickman and lay almost motionless on the ground near first base. During the commotion, Rosales was able to score the tying run.
Lete got up after about a minute and remained in the game. He said he had a headache after the game, but no major injuries.
"It rang my bell," he said of the play.
The Walleyes scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom half of the inning when Hickman scored on a single to left field by second baseman Brock Lybbert.
R H E
HERMISTON 000 010 0 - 1 5 2
M. LAKE 001 010 X - 2 6 1
Bryce Baldock and Jose Rosales; Blaine Myers and Jacob Lacelle. W - Myers; L - Baldock.
2B - Lacelle (Moses Lake)