WALLA WALLA, Wash.- Walla Walla controlled every aspect of game one Saturday en route to shutting out Cowlitz 9-0.
The Sweets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. After a lead off triple an RBI double and an RBI sacrifice fly to center field gave Walla Walla the only runs they would need.
One more came across in the second. After a lead off double an RBI ground out to short stop made it 3-0.
The Sweets kept pouring it on and got two more runs in the third. After two walks a two out two run double increased the lead to five.
Three time West Coast League All-Star Nick Nyquist hit a two run homer to left field in the fourth.
Finally a pair of RBI singles in the sixth sealed the game.
Starter Matt Gannon (JR Northwestern) had another rough outing. He lasted just three innings and gave up five runs on five hits with one strikeout and four walks. Gannon's record is now 0-5. Joe Solomon (SO University of the Pacific) pitched the next 2.2 innings. Solomon gave up four runs on six hits and added one strikeout. Jay Edwards (JR Santa Ana College) finished the final 2.1 innings. Edwards only gave up one hit and struck out three Sweets in a row at one point.
The Black Bears (4-6, 14-23) did have a chance to open the scoring in the first. Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) drew a one out walk and the next batter Blake Burton (JR Washington) got a single. After a double steal put both runners into scoring position however a lineout to first base ended the inning.
Cowlitz struggled to get runners on base all night as Walla Walla (6-4, 21-16) racked up 15 strikeouts.
This is the second time the Black Bears have been shutout this season. The Sweets now have a 19 inning shutout streak going into game two after quieting Bellingham's bats in game three of their previous series.
Seth Rayburn (RHP R-SR Tennessee-Martin) tries to even up the series Sunday at 4:35 PM.