Numerous story lines were written this past weekend during the Walla Walla Bruins’ annual Junior American Legion baseball tournament.
Walla Walla coach Jason Parsons had his hands full both on and off the field. Not only did he have a long weekend due to the tourney, his thoughts also had to be with his wife – who is due to have a baby.
The Bruins made Parsons smile more often than ont by winning five of six games and finished second in the 12-team tournament.
Walla Walla shortstop Michael Pontarolo had four hits in Sunday’s championship game, won by Richland, 11-9.
But perhaps the most endearing thing that occurred over the weekend happened on Saturday. Patricia Dial received a marvelous birthday gift from her son – a pitcher for the Boise Senators.
The youngster threw a five-inning, two-hit shutout in Boise’s 10-0 triumph over the La Grande Athletics.
I had the opportunity to run the scoreboard and do public address announcing for tournament games played at Walla Walla Community College, and got to witness the Mr. Dial’s performance.
It was moving to see mother and son having their picture taken in front of the scoreboard afterward. No doubt both the pitching performance and the photo will serve as lasting memories for the Gem State duo.