Walla Walla beats Dimond 9-4 for BP Invitational title

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 9, 2017

Kyren Morris continued his hit parade at the 23rd annual BP Invitational to help the Walla Walla [WA] Post 32 Bruins run away with the championship.

The left-handed slugger went 3-for-3 to lead an 11-hit attack and was one of four players to drive in two RBIs as Walla Walla won 9-4 over Dimond Post 21 at Mulcahy Stadium.

Mason Knowles, Scott Golden and Taylor Hamada also collected two RBIs as the Bruins banged out 11 base hits and accounted for all of their runs in the first three innings.

Even still the game packed plenty of punch, thanks to Dimond’s Dylan Montagna and Jake Andresen.

Both players crushed no-doubt-about-it home runs well over the 325-foot sign in left field, landing on the football field behind the park.

Montagna hit a majestic shot in the third inning to bring Dimond within 2-1.

Andresen launched a three-run laser in the fourth inning to make it 9-4.

Walla Walla [30-6] finished 11-2 in the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour, winning tournaments in Wasilla and Anchorage and losing the championship game in Kenai.

Morris was a big reason. The marvelous middle infielder finished 11-for-13 at the plate for an .846 batting average. He drove in eight runs, score five times and doubled three times.

He was voted Most Valuable Player of this year’s BP Invitational.

Teammate Nick Zehner was also in consideration for the award after batting over .600 and pitching his team into the championship game with a 3-hitter in a 3-2 win over Napoleon [OH] Post 300 in the semifinals earlier in the day.

Montagna earned the Big Stick Award after leading the tournament with an amazing on-base percentage that is something out of a video game: 15-for-19.

He went 8-for-12 at the plate and walked eight times, twice intentionally. He also had five RBIs and half of his hits went for extra bases.

Andresen was the next choice after going 8-for-12 with a bomb and team-best eight RBIs.

Dimond’s Kyle Henrickson earned the tournament’s Gold Glove Award and showed off some glove love in the first inning when he reached over the dugout fence to catch a pop up, a beautiful grab worthy of a web gem.

Dimond [15-15] beat East Post 34 by a 7-2 score in the other semifinal earlier in the day in a battle between two Anchorage teams that played spirited, confident baseball that will serve them well over the final two weeks of the regular season.

In that game, Dimond’s McKenzie Montgomery scattered five hits over a complete-game performance.