LONGVIEW, Wash. — Cesar Lopez singled in the second inning and Ryan Johnston doubled in the ninth for the only Walla Walla Sweets hits as they finished the season with a 3-0 loss to Cowlitz in West Coast League baseball action here on Wednesday.
Cowlitz took the series, shutting out Walla Walla (28-26 record) for the second time. The Sweets lost the opener, 13-0, on Monday.
Walla Walla Community College right-hander Michael Peterson started on the mound for the Sweets in their finale and left midway through the fourth inning with Cowlitz already up, 2-0, and a pair of runners on base.
The Sweets called in fellow WWCC pitcher Brayde Hirai, a lefty, but a Walla Walla error enabled Cowlitz to increase its lead to 3-0.
Peterson ended up charged with all three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with a couple of strikeouts.
The Sweets blanked Cowlitz the rest of the way, Hirai working through the seventh inning with three hits but no walks and three strikeouts.
Johnston took over for the eighth inning to give up a double and throw a pair of wild pitches — one hit a batter — before striking out his last Black Bear.
The Sweets finished their season above .500 overall but two days short of the league playoffs, which start on Friday.
Walla Walla placed third in the first half of the season, two-and-a-half back of the South Division lead with Portland capturing an automatic playoff spot as Bellingham topped the North.
The second half of the season wiped the slate clean but the Sweets again placed third, seven back with Corvallis nabbing the other South Divison bid.
Meanwhile, Kelowna won a tight race for the other North Division playoff spot.
Sweets, Black Bears
Peterson, Hirai (4), Johnston (8) and Prizina, Elser (5). Kaser, Morris (4), Bush (6), Turner (7), Mullins (8), Maves (9) and Elske.
HR — none.
Hits — Walla Walla: Johnston, Lopez. Cowlitz: Walling 2, Boetto 2, Hodo 2, Elske, Sandstrom.