Allianic, Gottschling power Sweets to third straight winPosted: Updated:
Bremerton-- It took half the season but the Walla Walla Sweets finally have their first winning streak of the summer. Trent Allianic gave up a run on six hits over eight innings and Scott Gottschling broke a 1-1 tie with two-run home run in the fifth to lead the Sweets to a 4-1 win over the Kitsap BlueJackets on Saturday at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Special Events Center.
Stuck with the task of trying to match his predecessors, Allianic got off to a bumpy start. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the game and the BlueJackets grabbed a 1-0 lead on a fielder's choice ground out. The righty settled down after that and allowed just four hits over the next seven innings.
Walla Walla got the run right back for Allianic in the second. James Campbell singled to left with one out and Kevin Williams stroked the first pitch he saw to the wall in left-center, scoring Campbell from first and tying the game at 1-1. They put two more on in the third but could not score and were set down in order in the fourth before breaking the tie in the fifth.
Kevin Hawk started the fifth with a single through the right side, moved to second on a sac bunt from Denver Chavez but was still standing there as Gottschling came to the plate; he didn't stay there for much longer. Kitsap starter Rich Mascheri hung a 1-0 changeup and Gottschling crushed it over the left field wall for his second home run of the summer. It made it 3-1 and that was more than enough for Allianic.
Helped by a diving catch in left-center by Gottschling in the second, Allianic settled down after that as his changeup started to work. He struck out two in the third, got a 1-2-3 fourth, struck out two more in the fifth and Andrew Mendenhall turned a lineout to center into a double play to end the sixth. The right-hander used his sharp breaking ball and the deceptive changeup to lure the BlueJacket batters to swing at pitches low in the zone and in the dirt. He capped his night with a 1-2-3 eighth, giving each infielder a ground ball.
Hitless in his first three at-bats, Mendenhall started the eighth with a sharp single to center, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He stole second and scored as Gottschling dropped a single just inside the right field line. It was the second time in as many nights that the Sweets were able to obtain an insurance run in the eighth.
Simon Anderson got the call in the ninth and the big right-hander came out throwing smoke. He struck out the first two batters of the inning with a good, hard fastball and got the final out on a line drive to center. Over his last four apperances, Anderson has thrown six shutout innings while allowing three hits, striking out six and walking just one. The win is the third straight for the Sweets and gives them their first series victory since taking two-of-three from Klamath Falls in mid-June. Gottschling led the way with three hits and five other Sweets collected single hits. Allianic earned his second win and Anderson his first save.
Mascheri, making his eighth start, pitched well; the home run to Gottschling the one bad pitch he made on the night. He lasted seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits and struck out five. Jonathon Glidwell struck out three over 1.2 innings of relief for the BlueJackets who have lost seven straight.
Walla Walla will look to sweep the series on Sunday night with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. A Poulsbo, WA native, Daniel Jewett will get the start for the Sweets on Sunday night against the BlueJackets.