Legends have mixed results at tournament in Walla Walla

By Chris Baxter, The Observer June 25, 2012 10:35 am

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Legacy Legends went 2-3 this weekend at the Walla Walla
Tournament.

After opening the tournament with a 6-1 loss to Yakima Thursday, the Legends got back at it against the Sumner Bandits on Friday.

The game went back and forth throughout, with the Bandits striking for four runs in the first and three in the second to take a 7-1 lead.

Legacy got back in it with a five-run burst in the third inning, then tied it up at 7-7 with a run in the fifth.

The Legends eventually took the lead and led 9-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Sumner got three runs — two of which came on a long ball — to lift the Bandits to a 11-9 victory.

“We just couldn’t hold them down,” coach Brian Chamberlain said.

“We struck out a lot. We were being too picky at the plate and watching a lot of third strikes.”

The Legends finished the game with 11 hits.

Jordan Rogers took the loss,
going all seven innings and striking out two.

“They hit him pretty well, and he had a lot of walks,” the coach said.

Toyota 9, Legacy 8

The Legends then faced off with Toyota Baseball later in the day Friday, but the result was the same.

After digging itself in a 7-2 hole, Legacy rallied with a six-run seventh to take an 8-7 lead.

But just like what had happened earlier, Toyota picked up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk away with a 9-8 victory.

Jeremy Evans and Derrick Peasley both had RBI doubles in the seventh, while J.C. Rogers had an RBI single.

Evans pitched 6 1/3, struck out five and walked seven.

Josh Gambill took the loss after relieving Evans in the seventh.

Legacy 6, Salem 1

The Legends picked up their first win of the tournament against the Salem Senators on Sunday.

After trailing 1-0 after the second inning, Legacy got two in the third and four in the fourth to cruise to a comfortable win.

Jordan Rogers was two for three, while Eli Wisdom was one for two.

Kaleb White got the win, going seven innings, striking out four, walking four and allowing four hits.

“He pitched really well. He threw harder as the game went on,” Chamberlain said.

As a team the Legends out-hit the Senators 5-4.

Legacy 11, Walla Walla 2

The Legends turned right around after beating the Senators to pick up another easy win over Walla Walla.

Legacy jumped on the hosts with a three-run first inning before Walla Walla got two of its own in the first.

But the Legends ran away after that, picking up five in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to get the win.

“The bats were working good that game,” Chamberlain said.

Logan Lankford was two for four with an RBI, and White was two for four with two RBIs.

Josh Gambill got the win, striking out one and allowing six hits.

“After the first inning he kind of shut them down, which was nice to see. 

“He got a lot of groundball outs, flyball outs. Defensively we really helped him out,” Chamberlain said.

“Overall I think the boys played well this weekend.”

The Legends will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to play Hermiston.

Legacy will host Milton-Freewater Thursday at 3 p.m. at Optimist Field.