WALLA WALLA — It was déjà vu all over again for Mason Baseball at the Washington State Senior Legion AA tournament on Wednesday.
Last year in the Junior Legion state tournament, Walla Walla eliminated Mason one win from the state championship game. On Wednesday, Walla Walla pounded a seven-run fifth inning on Mason to do it again for a 11-7 decision in a winner-to-state, loser-out game in Walla Walla.
Mason Baseball will take home third place in the state tournament.
“This was the second year in a row for these boys,” Mason head coach Dave Edwards said. “We played really, really well to get as far as we did. They battled hard, showed a lot of heart and fight in them. I am sorry they didn’t get a chance to play for the state championship. They deserved it.”
Mason rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting to 11-5 with no outs and 11-7 with one out and one out. However, the rally was stopped there. Josh Bishop (three hits), Dion Schlesser (two hits) and Kolby Shelton (two hits) led off the inning with hits to get the rally going. Jordan Logan added a two-run double in the frame as well and finished with three RBI on the day.
Walla Walla pounded 15 hits in the contest against Mason starting pitcher Shelton, 10 of them in the first four innings. In the fifth, Walla Walla parlayed a few Mason walks with some heavy hitting to take over the game.
“It turned into a long inning for us,” Edwards said. “We had our ace on the mound on three days rest. I liked our chances. We beat Walla Walla a few days ago and they had to play earlier in the day to get into this game. They came out swinging and never relented. It was brutal.”
On Tuesday, Mason lost, 6-3, to Buckley-Enumclaw to set up the winner-to-state, loser-out game.