After the longest game in Sweets history – a 12-10 loss in the series opener against the Bellingham Bells on Monday night at Borleske Stadium – the Sweets faced a quick turnaround of roughly 9.5 hours from one game to the next.
And after another marathon ballgame, the Sweets came away with a wild 16-14 win over the Bells in a contest that began at 10:05 a.m. on the holiday morning.
The ballgame lasted almost exactly four hours.
Walla Walla fell behind 2-0 before scoring three in the third and plating a season-high six runs in the fourth. Entering the fifth, the Sweets led the game 9-2.
But Bellingham roared back. Last night it was the Sweets that erased a 9-3 deficit and rallied to tie. Tonight, Bellingham did them one better, coming all the way back from 9-2 down.
Three in the fifth and four in the sixth for the Bells evened the score as the game moved into its latter stages.
But the improbably, the Sweets then ripped off seven unanswered runs of their own. They scored three in the sixth and four more in the fourth, taking a surely-durable 16-9 lead.
But five Bellingham runs in the ninth inning made the Sweets sweat. Ultimately though, the Sweets bullpen was able to work out of trouble and strand the tying runs.
Not only did Walla Walla set a season high for runs in an inning with six in the fourth. They also set a season high for runs in a game with 16.
In the past two games, the Sweets have established new season-highs in hits (24 on Monday), runs (16 on Tuesday), walks (10 on Tuesday), and extra-base hits (8 on Monday).
After doubling twice on Monday, 1B Tommy Henderson (California) poked two more today. LF Ryan Johnston (UC-Irvine), 2B Vinny Capra (Richmond) and CF Danny Sinatro (Washington State) also had two hits. RF J.J. Hancock (Washington State) had three.
For Bellingham, DH Austin Shenton (Florida International) had four hits, including a triple. CF Max Flower (California) had three hits including a home run. 3B Reagan Teegarden (Central Arizona) also had three hits.
The Bells outhit the Sweets 19-14. But the Sweets put more total runners on base.
RHP Justin Dolezal (Western Oregon) threw 3.1 innings en route to the win (2-0). RHP Merle Rowan-Kennedy (Puget Sound) took the loss (0-1). RHP Milo Mincin (Whitman) recorded the save (1).
Flower’s home run was his fourth.
The Sweets will attempt to put all this craziness behind them as they prepare for the rubber match with the Bells. RHP Chris Lincoln will start on Wednesday night as action begins at 7:05 p.m. from Borleske Stadium.
Bellingham’s starter is TBD.
The teams are tied in the standings with identical 15-11 marks.
by Ben Farber
Audio Highlights -- Henderson two-run double
Sweets Scoop Postgame -- Tommy Henderson