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Gloves betray GreyWolves

Walla Walla scores two unearned runs on three Gresham errors in Sunday's series opener


THE OUTLOOK: PARKER LEE - GreyWolves pitcher Gabe Benavides fires a throw to the plate during Sunday nights 5-3 loss to Walla Walla in a series opener.



WEST COAST LEAGUE BASEBALL
Sunday, July 3

Team Score
Walla Walla Sweets
5
Gresham GreyWolves
3


GreyWolves left-hander Gabe Benavides limited the Walla Walla Sweets to four hits in Sunday’s Game 1 of a three-game set. His defense failed to match his efficiency.

In front of a crowd of 663 at Oslund Field – the largest crowd in the GreyWolves’ young history – Walla Walla scored two unearned runs on three Gresham errors to take down the home team, 5-3. The GreyWolves out-hit the Sweets, 6-4.

The Sweets got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, then took advantage of a pair of Gresham miscues in the top of the fourth. Walla Walla’s Willie Melver led off the fourth with a single and Cole Rutherford followed by lifting a fly ball to the corner in right field. Gresham right fielder Josh Adams appeared to be under it, but he lost the ball in the setting sun and it dropped for a double.

After a come-backer to Benavides for the first out, the Sweets decided to roll the dice. They called for a suicide squeeze and Ben Baird got the bunt down. Melver scored easily as Benavides scooped up the bunt and threw to first for the out. Rutherford was also running on the pitch and never slowed down as he rounded third and followed Melver. Gresham first baseman Nick Snyder gunned the ball home in plenty of time to nab Rutherford, but it popped out of catcher Matt Karo’s glove as he attempted the tag.

The two clubs traded runs in the sixth inning and Walla Walla added another in the top of the eighth to extend its lead to 5-1. Gresham cut into the deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. The GreyWolves then produced a couple baserunners in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t scratch out the two needed runs.


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