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Legends take fifth in Walla Walla tournament

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Legacy Ford Legends American Legion baseball team finished in fifth place at the Walla Walla Bruins Tournament despite posting a 4-1 record over the weekend.

Kaleb White closed out the tournament with a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over J.H. Kelly in Sunday’s fifth-place game.

Jake Chamberlain finished 2-for-4 with the lone RBI, while Logan Lankford was 2-for-3 with a double.

“We had some great pitching performances,” Legends assistant coach Mike Wisdom said. “We have great pitching depth. Unfortunately, we had a couple pitchers who couldn’t make it for this tournament, so we were a little thin on pitching.”

The Legends started the tournament out with a 10-0 victory over J.H. Kelly of Vancouver, Wash., on Friday.

Tyson Wicklander picked up the win, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. Jared Rogers was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Brandon Cedarholm was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in. 

Garret Avila added a two-run double in the victory.

In the second game Friday, Legacy Ford defeated the University Titans (Vancouver, Wash.) 9-8 on a Andrew Hively hit that turned into an error in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Avila got the win on the mound, while White and Hively both had RBI doubles. Eli Childs, Lankford and Rogers each knocked in a run.

The Legends lost their only game of the weekend in Saturday’s opening game. Legacy Ford fell to Seattle’s Washington Rush, 12-6.

Wicklander, Lankford and White all finished 2-for-4, while Hively drove in two runs.

“Washington Rush is a good-hitting team,” Wisdom said. “We made a couple of errors that helped them. “But outside of that, we played our game,” Wisdom said.

The Legends bounced back with a 5-1 win over Bellevue, Wash., Honda Saturday afternoon.

Avila pitched a complete game, while Cedarholm launched a solo home run.

Chamberlain finished 3-for-3 and Lankford added a double.

The Legends are now 15-2 this summer and play in the Corvallis Tournament Thursday.

“We had some good hitting performance and played some good defense,” Wisdom said. “Which is a good omen as we head into the Corvallis Tournament Thursday. The kids are confident and are in a good place. 

“We’ll find out what we’re made of down there.”


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