PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Walla Walla Sweets finished up a forgettable six-game baseball road trip here Sunday at Civic Field and, after an off day today, will launch a six-game homestand Tuesday at Borleske Stadium.
Tyler Oldenberg, a young southpaw out of Boise, checked the Sweets on five hits and one run over seven innings and chalked up his second victory of the West Coast League season as the Lefties prevailed 7-4.
Oldenberg struck out eight and issued just one walk before handing the ball off to Tyler Tan in the eighth inning with Port Angeles holding a 5-1 lead.
The Lefties tacked on two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth before the Sweets touched Tan for three runs on three hits and three walks in the ninth inning.
The victory gave Port Angeles the three-game series two-games-to-one, that coming after the Walla Wallans were swept in a three-game series in Victoria, B.C., earlier in the week before crossing the boarder to take on the Lefties.
The Sweets saw their WCL overall record slide to 23-22. And they are 8-10 in the season’s second-half standings, six games in back of first-place Portland in the South Division and five behind second-place Corvallis.
The Lefties now stand 8-13 in the second half, 6 1/2 games behind Yakima and last in the North Division standings. Port Angeles is 20-28 overall.
Jackson Dicochea launched his seventh home run, a two-run shot, and Ron Brown slugged his fifth round tripper, singled and knocked in three runs to power the Port Angeles offense.
Lefties leadoff hitter Justin VanDebrake doubled and singled twice, scored once and drove in a run. Austin Earl singled and doubled and scored a run, and Drew Minter collected a pair of singles, scored twice and picked up one RBI. Trevor Rosenberg chipped in with a pair of base hits and a run scored.
Port Angeles outhit Walla Walla 12-8.
Cesar Lopez smacked a solo home run, his second of the campaign, and Tate Soderstrom contributed a run-scoring pinch-hit single to highlight the Sweets’ offense. Danny Sinatro, another pinch hitter, tripled and scored while Paul Caulfield added a pair of singles but neither scored nor drove home a run.
Right-hander Sean Sullivan, a product of Woodland Hills, Calif., and a member of the University of California baseball program, was pounded for five hits and four runs before giving way to Sean Reed with one out in the second inning. Sullivan saw his WCL record dip to 0-2.
The Sweets traveled back home from the west side today and will entertain Kelowna, B.C., Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. in the first game of a three-game set. The North-leading Yakima Peppers invade Borleske Stadium Friday for a three-game series before the Sweets hit the road again one week from today when they take on the Cowlitz Black Bears in Longview, Wash.
Lefties 7, Sweets 4
Sullivan, Reed (2), Sellers (4), Hirai (6) and Elser; Oldenberg, Tan (8) and Rust.
HR — WW, Lopez (2); Port Angeles, Dicochea (7), Brown (5).
Hits — WW: Caulfield 2, Lopez, Elser, Sinatro, Gutierrez, Soderstrom, Filby; Port Angeles: VanDebrake 3, Dicochea, Brown 2, Earl 2, Minter 2, Rosenberg 2.