PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Walla Walla caught a pair of Port Angeles runners at second base in the eighth inning of a tie game, but a wild throw into the outfield enabled the Lefties to come away with the go-ahead run and a 3-2 defeat of the Sweets in their West Coast League baseball matchup here on Saturday.
The Sweets (23-21 overall) suffered their fourth loss in the last five games, and fell four games behind Corvallis in South Division playoff standings as the Knights picked up a 6-1 win at Kelowna in Saturday.
This three-game weekend series now even, the Sweets look to take the finale this afternoon starting at 4:35 p.m.
Tyson Quolas, Patrick Collins, Brayde Hirai and Ben Farris together kept the Sweets in the Saturday game with solid pitching performances.
Combined, the quartet limited Port Angeles to three runs on six hits while recording 12 strikeouts against only three walks.
Leadoff hitter Patrick Caulfield meanwhile paced the Sweets lineup with a pair of singles, but the Sweets ended up leaving 10 runners on base.
Walla Walla jumped ahead with a run in the top of the second inning off a Port Angeles fielding error.
But Port Angeles would escape further damage, forcing Walla Walla to strand the bases loaded.
Justin VanDebrake then hit a two-run homer, giving Port Angeles a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
The Sweets tied things up in the sixth inning as Paul Caulfield singled home Tate Soderstrom, and Port Angeles promptly yanked starting pitcher Avery Santos.
So the score remained until a Sweets error in the bottom of the eighth inning handed Port Angeles the deciding run.
Quolas, Collins (6), Hirai (8), Farris (8) and Prizina. Santos, Beneditti (6) and Pace.
HR — Port Angeles: VanDebrake.
Hits — Walla Walla: Caulfield 2, Sinatro, Lopez, Filby, Pritchard. Port Angeles: VanDebrake 2, Rosenberg, Brown, Allie, Heid.