Five Run Inning Gives Sweets Win, Series Victory
The Walla Walla Sweets matched their season high for most runs in an inning Sunday with five in the sixth inning in route to a 6-3 win over the Port Angeles Lefties.
After Lefties starter Corey Sanchez allowed just one run through the first five innings courtesy of a Chris Conniff triple, the Sweets got going in the sixth frame. Walla Walla chased Sanchez after two singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out.
From there, Jack Sheward drew a bases loaded walk against relief pitcher Justin Dunham. Chris Conniff drove in another run on a ground out to tie the game at 3-3 before Will Grimm smacked a two-run double to right to make it 6-3, where the game would end.
The Sweets forced the Lefties into three pitching changes in the sixth inning. Dunham was charged with the loss, falling to 0-2.
For Walla Walla, it was a collective, bullpen effort on the mound. The Sweets used a season high seven different pitchers, with no Sweets hurler facing more than eight batters.
Logan Hurd threw two scoreless innings to start the game before turning to Mason Kokodynski, who also posted two zeros and earned his first win of the year. Between the two LMU pitchers and Nick Irwin, Caden Kaelber, Jacob Dahlstrom, Dylan Schwartz and Eric Romo, the Sweets staff combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just four hits.
Romo earned his third save of the year and has struck out nine hitters in 4.2 innings of work.
The Sweets move to 5-4 and are tied for second in their division with the AppleSox. The Sweets have the day off tomorrow before hosting the Corvallis Knights on Tuesday.
By: Brandon Monty
Date: June 14, 2021