The Walla Walla Sweets continued their hot start as they improve to 8-0 after picking up their second win over the Highline Bears on Wednesday night, 9-2, at Borleske Stadium.
“We took advantage of a lot of walks on their half, and that kind of slowed the game down and we kind of played flat with that, but we did have some timely hits too with runners in scoring position,” said coach Larry Price.
“I thought our pitching did a phenomenal job, we gave up one run there in the ninth on an error that extended the inning,” he said, “but other than that they had one run, the whole game is not too shabby. But they worked ahead and got 10 or 11 strikeouts.”
The Sweets’ Mason Kokodynski got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning after smacking an RBI single to right field, scoring Tristan King, who got on base after being hit by a pitch.
The next inning, King hit an RBI single of his own to left that brought in Brandon Wagstaff.
Then, in the fourth, the Sweets brought in another run after an RBI single from Cesar Lopez that scored Patrick Caulfield to push the score to 3-0 heading into the fifth inning.
The Sweets forced seven bases on balls and had seven batters hit by the pitch in this one.
The walks were a big factor that helped the Sweets have their big inning as they put up five runs in the sixth frame.
Two of those runs came from a two RBI single from David James Le Bioda as he brought in Parker Price and Wagstaff.
The Sweets had another solid defensive game as they held the Bears to no runs for the first five innings.
The Bears finally got on the board after Cole Trotignon brought in Zach Spradlin on an RBI single.
Carson Green scored the ninth and final run for the Sweets in the eighth after getting on base on a walk. Green stole second, and then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly.
Green scored on a throwing error by the Bears shortstop.
The Bears scored one more run in the ninth inning, but couldn’t come up with a big rally.
“Overall, it was a good team effort,” Price said. “We played really good defense. Like I said, it was just a low, flat atmosphere because of us dealing with a lot of walks.
“(Our) defense has been great; we have been playing well behind our pitcher, and our hitting has been taking care of business and our pitching, we’ve done a lot of strong things there, so you add all those things together and it makes a good ball club,” he said. “We’re still not at full strength , we’ve got some guys coming in, but this team is really meshing well and they have that mentality where when they show up they ‘get to,’ not ‘have to,’ be here, and when you can have that mentality in July and August where we ‘get to’ come to the park everyday, that’s special and that’s what gets you through that grind.”
The Sweets have an off day today, and open a three-game series at Wenatchee on Friday.
Simmons, Borg (5), Benedetti (6), Sivonen (6), Mallot (6), Shafer (8) and Dulatre. Dahle, Hueckman (3), Harrison (5), Boone (7), Boeneke (8), Irwin (9) and King.
HR — none.
Hits — High: Chambers, McNicoll, Dulatre, Ellingson. WW: Lopez 2, Folz 2, King, Le Bioda, Kokodynski.