Following Friday’s thrilling come-from-behind victory, Hodgen Distributing couldn’t keep the momentum going through the rest of the weekend of the June Jam Wood Bat Tournament in Yakima, Washington as Hodgen lost twice on Saturday and won on Sunday.
Hodgen (8-3) started off Saturday with a 9-3 loss to the Hanford (WA) Flames, the same team that Hogen split a doubleheader with just three days prior in Pendleton. Hodgen managed only five hits in the game, and all five hits came from the bottom third of the order of Cooper Roberts (2-for-3, two runs), Logan Weinke (1-for-2, run), and Matthew Demianew (2-for-3, two RBI). The rest of the lineup went 0-for-18 with nine strikeouts.
Later in the day came a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Kennewick Phantoms. Chris Large started on the mound for Hodgen and struggled out of the gates, allowing six hits and five runs. But after that he settled in, throwing five innings with six strikeouts and only one run allowed. Tanner Sweek went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Hodgen, while Rudy Esparza, Quinn Doherty, Curtis Simons, Ty Beers, Roberts and Large each had a hit.
Hodgen and Hanford then faced each other again on Sunday, with Hodgen getting the 7-1 victory. The highlight was pitchers Sweek (three innings, 3K), Roberts (three innings, 2K) and Tucker Zander (one inning) combining to no-hit the Flames. The Flames’ only run scored in the second inning when Sweek walked a batter, which advanced on an error and a fielder’s choice and later stole home.
Beers hit his third home run of the summer in the game, while Doherty hit his seventh double. Ryan Stahl had a team-best two hits.
Hodgen Distributing will play its last home games on Tuesday when it hosts Lewiston for a doubleheader at the BMCC Field at 3 p.m.
Much like the senior team, the Pepsi Diamondjaxx fell to a 1-2 record over the weekend, playing at the Walla Walla Grizz Tourney on Saturday and Sunday.
Pepsi started its Saturday with a close 3-1 loss to Lakeside Recovery and ended the day with a 11-5 loss to the host Walla Walla Grizz. Against Lakeside, the Diamondjaxx tallied nine hits and drew two walks, but stranded seven runners overall, leaving them with only one run on the board. Blake Swanson and Blaine Peal each went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Greyson Clark was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Eric Rencken struck out five over six innings on the mound.
Then against Walla Walla, Jordan DeGeer tallied two hits with a double, a run scored and a RBI and Swanson doubled and scored twice. Walla Walla tagged pitchers Parker Persinger, Karson Lani and Clark for 11 runs and 11 hits and drew nine walks.
Finally on Sunday, the Diamondjaxx scored three times in the first inning and three times in the fourth inning to pull out the win. Rencken was a perfect 3-for-3 hitting with a double, a run scored and a RBI, while Tyler Browning was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Peal threw a complete game on the mound allowing six hits and three runs.
The Diamondjaxx now have a week off before their next game, a doubleheader with Hanford on June 26 at Bob White Field in Pendleton.