YAKIMA — On Friday, Pendleton’s 17U American Legion Hodgen Distributing ended day one of Yakima’s West Valley Tourney with a 9-9 tie against the Yakima Junior Beetles.
Pendleton held a healthy 7-1 advantage for the first three innings before Yakima posted two back-to-back four-run innings to even things out. The game remained a tie due to the tournament’s time limit restrictions.
Yakima pitcher Angel Morales threw a full game and struck out nine. Cooper Roberts and Tucker Zander scored two runs each for Pendleton, and Ty Beers drove in three RBIs.
Pendleton got their first victory of the tourney the following day, when they scored eight runs in the fifth inning of a game against Baker City to defeat them 13-8.
Baker tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the third after Beers threw a wild pitch, allowing a run.
Roberts doubled on a fly ball to center field that scored two runs, aiding Pendleton in their fifth-inning comeback.
A 5-2 win over the Northwest Futures capped off Saturday for Pendleton, but their weekend would ultimately end in defeat, when they fell 7-3 to West Valley on Sunday.
Pendleton got on the board to even the score at 1-1 after Curtis Simons scored on Nic Sheley’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth, but West Valley put up six more runs in the following three innings to put the game away.
WALLA WALLA — Pendleton’s 16U American Legion Pepsi Diamondjaxx took home a five-inning, 14-2 blow out over Moses Lake on Friday.
It would be their first win of the weekend-long Walla Walla Tourney.
Pendleton pitcher Aiden Gunter tallied nine strikeouts and didn’t give up a single hit over his four innings of work.
The Diamondjaxx scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning, and six more in the fourth to keep the game well in their control. Hayden Hodson got things going in the third when he singled on a fly ball to left field, allowing Jim Smith to score. Andrew Demianew slammed a double into center field for two more RBIs. Karson Lani posted a two-RBI double of his own the following inning.
Demianew went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and four RBIs. Collin Primus’ 3-for-4 performance included a pair of RBIs.
Moses Lake would only strike out one Diamondjaxx batter over the entire game, sending two pitchers to the mound in an attempt to hold off Pendleton.
And on Saturday, the Diamondjaxx withstood a Pasco Riverdogs rally for another Walla Walla Tourney victory, turning them down 9-7.
Although he did not score a run of his own, Jack Monkman drove in four RBIs to keep Pendleton ahead. The Diamondjaxx scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, which gave them enough distance to survive a three-run Pasco comeback two innings later.
But a 12-run fourth inning forced the Diamondjaxx to end the weekend in defeat when Walla Walla turned them down 16-3 on Sunday.
Jacob Devereaux went 3 1/3 innings on the mound and gave up 10 runs and five hits to Walla Walla.