KENNEWICK — The Palouse Patriots suffered a nonleague sweep in shutout style, losing both games to Kennewick by scores of 7-0 and 12-0.
Despite the lopsided outcomes, the Patriots played to a 0-0 tie through three frames with Kennewick in the first game thanks to Palouse starter Nate Akesson, who left after that point. Without giving up any runs — earned or otherwise — Akesson fanned two without walking any on 39 pitches.
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Nate Akesson, Kelan Becker (4), Carson Coulter (5) and Tristan Wilson. Mason Machart, Easton Stevens (7) and Jackson Lind.
Palouse Patriots hits — Carson Coulter, Mitch LaVielle, Payton Kallaher, Nate Akesson.
Kennewick hits — Simon Howard, Jackson Lind, Tim Gee (2B), Cooper Shelby 2 (3B), Talon LaFontaine (2B).
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Kennewick 381 0x—12 6 1
Peter Smith, Brady Lees (2), Cameron Vis (3) and Carson Coulter. Paige Aldrich, Kaleb Stevenson (5) and Jackson Lind.
Palouse Patriots hits — Mitch LaVielle, Payton Kallaher, Nate Akesson.
Kennewick hits — Talon LaFontaine (2B), Kaleb Stevenson 2 (2B), Jackson Lind (2B), Cody LaFontaine 2 (2B), Jacob Schultheisz (2B).
Blue Devils win one, lose one
WALLA WALLA — The Moscow Blue Devils fell to the Washington Rush 12-0 before bouncing back and beating the Nampa Braves 9-2 during action at the Walla Walla Invitational. The Blues are 2-2 now at the tournament.
“We wanted to see how they were going to respond and left it up to them,” Blue Devils coach Stan Mattoon said of his team. “And they came out and said, ‘We want to do this,’ and they did.”
In the first game, the Blue Devils notched just two hits.
But in the second game, they notched twice as many and got up early on Nampa, taking a 4-0 lead before the Braves got on the board.
The Blue Devils got two RBI apiece in the second game from Barrett Abendroth, Kyle Lynas and Hayden Thompson.
Pitching for the Blue Devils in the second game, Isaac Staszkow went the distance, giving up just one earned run. He needed just 79 pitches to wrap up the game through seven innings.
“Isaac pitched a whale of a game,” Mattoon said.
When asked what keyed his team’s turnaround in the second game, Mattoon said he could’t pick just one thing. “But the turnaround was very emphatic. It was good and good to see. And we’ve got one more game tomorrow and we’ll see how we do there.”
Today, the Blue Devils will face the Olympic Crosscutters at 1 p.m. to wrap up the tournament.
“The kids have learned a lot — we’ve played some good teams, and it’s been a bonding experience for the guys,” Mattoon said. “We know when we get back to Moscow, we’ll be a better team because of it.”
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Parker Cumberland and Kevin Faulkner. Hayden Thompson, Dalton Conway (4), Isaac Staszkow (5) and CJ Anderson.
Rush hits — Cole Duncan, Ryan Aceto 2 (2B), Nick Hoagland, Luke Rookstool 2.
Blue Devil hits — Billy Adams, Kyle Lynas.
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Moscow Blue Devils 310 140 x—9 4 1
Carson Rich, Ben Jorgenson (4), Nick Burton (5) and Dylan Bloom Isaac Staszkow and Chad Redinger.
Braves hits — Zak Lerdall (2B), Isaak Plew, Mike Green 3 (2B).
Blue Devils hits — Barrett Abendroth, Billy Adams, Kyle Lynas (2B), Mack Hagenbaugh.