Monday, July 18, 2011

Two-out Triples Triumphant

Walla Walla vs. Kitsap

- Kevin Williams' two-run triple in the first and Scott Gottschling's three-run triple in the third were the big blows as the Sweets defeated Kitsap 6-2 on Sunday.
- Walla Walla has won all five of the meetings so far between teams and will look to sweep the season-series tonight.
- Williams and Gottschling have crushed the ball against Kitsap, going a combined 15-38 with 15 RBI.  Williams is 8-21 with three doubles, two triples and seven RBI and Gottschling is 7-17 with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI.  The seven and eight RBI totals comprise the majority of Williams' and Gottschling's RBI total of 11.
- As a team, the Sweets are hitting .292 against Kitsap over five games with 13 extra-base hits.
- Over the last eight games, Williams has seen his average rise from .162 to .235.  Over that span he has gone 10-31 with three doubles, two triples, a home run and eight RBI. 
- Gottschling has had the same kind of revival, going 10-27 over the same period with two doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI.  His average has gone from .174 to .250.
- Tonight's starter, Trent Allianic, has already faced Kitsap once.  The right-hander from Hawaii threw eight scoreless innings in a start last week in Bremerton.  He gave up six hits and struck out six.
- Allianic has thrown at least eight innings in his last two starts, going eight innings against Cowlitz on June 30.  He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six in a 3-1 Sweets loss.  It was only the second start he has given up multiple runs.
- Kitsap starter Blake Golding also pitched in that series, taking a loss as he allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings.
- Brett Watson, last night's winning pitcher, was the top vote-getter in the All-Star voting and will be the fans representative for the Sweets at next week's All-Star game in Corvallis.  He is 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA.

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