Seattle Studs pitchers recorded 18 strikeouts Saturday night during a 4-0 exhibition victory over the West Coast League’s Walla Walla Sweets at Borleske Stadium.
Mitch Viydo, Karsen Lindell, Merle Rowan-Kennedy, and Anthony Brady combined on a three-hitter for Seattle.
“Their first two pitchers were ex-pro players,” Walla Walla manager Frank Mutz said. “The second guy was throwing 92-95 miles per hour. That’s no excuse, but they were very high-level guys and we weren’t ready for it.”
The visitors tallied three times in the top half of the first inning against Sweets righthander Michael Peterson. Gavin Grant led off with a single and Kyle Strash walked.
Landon Riker followed with a double off the left-field wall to plate Grant and advance Strash, who later scored on a wild pitch, to third.
Ryan Budnick scored Riker with a sacrifice fly to center to end the rally.
Walla Walla threatened in its half of the first. But with runners at first and second and two out, Grant went into the air to snare a line drive off the bat of Carson Green.
Peterson settled down and retired the Studs in succession in the top of the second inning.
Sweets relievers Brayde Hirai, Dimick Wood, Landon Boeneke, Nate Irwin, Nathan Dahle, and Brennan Patterson followed with seven innings of one-run, five hit ball over the final seven frames.
“Our pitchers were around the zone,” Mutz said. “Our guys went after batters. We shut ‘em down six innings in a row (innings two through seven).”
Walla Walla got runners to second and third with two out in the fifth, but a called third strike ended any potential uprising.
The Sweets got just one more runner into scoring position the rest of the game.
Walla Walla opens its 10th West Coast League season Tuesday night when it opens a three-game series against the three-time defending champion Corvallis Knights. First pitch is set for 7:05.
Studs 4, Sweets 0
Viydo, Lindell (4), Rowan-Kennedy (7), Brady (9) and Gagliardi. Peterson, Hirai (3), Wood (5), Boeneke (6), Irwin (7), Dahle (8), Patterson (9) and Johnson.
HR — none
Hits — Seattle: Green 2, Grant, Strash, Riker, Gagliardi, Budnick. Sweets: Caulfield, Price, Johnson.