WALLA WALLA, Wash., — Hodgen Distributing finished up pool play at the Walla Walla American Legion tournament on Friday by falling 8-4 to Lakeside (WA) in the morning game before rebounding in the afternoon to defeat Pasco (WA) 6-4 in eight innings.
In Hodgen’s victory, Pasco had tied the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, which often can demoralize a team. However, Hodgen came right back in the top of the eighth ready to take the lead back.
After a leadoff strikeout, Justin Duso smacked a double to center followed by a single from Kaden Clark to get the team in business. Then after both runners moved up a base on a Pasco fielding error, Duso came across to score on a fielder’s choice groundout from Hayden Villers followed by an RBI groundout from Wyatt Morris to push across Villers for the 6-4 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Villers needed just seven pitches to induce three easy groundouts to close the game for Hodgen and earn a save. Jared Beveridge pitched seven strong innings allowing four runs with two strikeouts to earn the win, while also going 3-4 with two RBIs on offense.
In game one, Lakeside’s offense got to Hodgen starting pitcher Wyatt Morris early and often, tallying five hits in the team’s first six at-bats which turned into four runs in the inning. Then in the third inning, Morris got two quick outs before giving up two walks and two singles with the help of a fielding error that allowed Lakeside to add three more runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Hodgen finally scored in the bottom of the third after Morris led off with a single and eventually was brought home on a sacrifice fly from Johnny Malcom to cut the lead to 7-1. Ryan Russell tripled later in the inning, but was left stranded on a popout in foul territory by Clark.
Offensive leaders on the day for Hodgen were Morris (3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Clark (3-5, run, 2 RBI), and Daniel Naughton (2-6, 2 runs).
Game 1 R H E
LAK 403 010 0 — 8 11 1
HDG 001 021 0 — 4 9 2
W — Z. Dunkenbierker. L — W. Morris.
2B — J. Suh 2, L. Motta, Z. Van Dyke (LAK). K. Clark, M. Bliss (HDG).
3B — R. Russell (HDG)
Game 2 R H E
HDG 020 020 0 2 — 6 9 1
PSC 000 201 1 0 — 4 8 3
W — J. Beveridge. L — B. Childs.
2B — J. Duso (HDG). M. Barragen, R. Zeff, N. Bonningham (PSC).
PENDLETON 16, RENTON 0 — At Lacey, Wash., the Pendleton Bucks 13u baseball squad opened up the USSSA state tournament with a big blowout win in three innings over the Renton Rebels on Friday.
Kyle Field pitched two innings and gave up just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts for the Bucks, and Blake Swanson pitched one perfect inning in relief.
The No. 3 through No. 6 hitters in the lineup did most of the offensive damage, combining for seven hits, six runs, and 10 RBIs.
R H E
BCK 2410 — 16 11 1
RNT 000 — 0 1 5
W — K. Field. L — Lawrence
2B — J. Jones, P. Persinger, K. Field (BCK).
BUCKS 12, DeMARINE 9 — At Lacey, Wash., the Bucks had a tougher test in Game 2 of the day, needing eight innings to take down the DeMarine Renegades in the quarterfinals at the USSSA state tournament.
Blake Swanson picked up the win on the mound as he pitched two innings in relief and gave up two hits and four runs.
Kyle Field had a big game on offense, going 4-5 with two doubles, one triple, two runs and two RBIs. Tucker Zander also had a big game at the plate with three hits and three RBIs.
R H E
BCK 102 123 03 — 12 13 4
DMR 103 001 40 — 9 11 5
W — B. Swanson. L — Polk.
2B — T. Zander, K. Field 2 (BCK). Ahlstrom (DMR).
3B — J. Jones, K. Field (BCK).