The Tri-County Outlaws split the opening games of their schedule at the Columbia Basin River Dogs baseball tournament Thursday, then took their lone Friday game at Johnson-O’Brien Stadium in Ephrata, Wash.

The Outlaws dropped the opener to the Walla Walla Bears, 7-1, but came back to beat the host River Dogs, 5-2, with some outstanding pitching from Syd Hall and Tommy Bevington. On Friday, the Outlaws got the best of the Hanford Flames, 5-4.

Tri-County’s Austin Thornhill pitched six strong innings to pick up the victory and Tyler Schwrise came in to shut it down in the seventh.

Hanford tried to put together a last-inning rally off Schwirse, but he was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam after allowing a pair of runs to secure the win. Brian Bowe finished the ballgame with a double and three RBIs for the Outlaws while Larry Price and Jeremy Holden also doubled.

In Thursday’s games, Holden and Booter Lewis each hit homeruns for the Outlaws in the win against the River Dogs. Holden blasted a solo shot in the fourth inning while Lewis provided some fireworks via a 2-run dinger in the fifth inning.

Those were two of Tri-County’s three hits in the game.

Bevington picked up the win against the River Dogs after coming in during the fourth to relieve starter Syd Hall.

Outlaws manager Derrek Lete said removing Hall was more of a precautionary measure because he complained of soreness in his elbow.

“We were a little more upbeat during the game against the River Dogs,” Lete said. “We came out a little flat against Walla Walla, but their pitcher was lights out so it made it a bit tough on us.”

Walla Walla’s Drew Christina baffled the Tri-County lineup and allowed just one run on four hits.

Outlaws starting pitcher Tim Rude lasted just a third of an inning against the Bears after being hit by a line drive. Lete said Rude was diagnosed with a concussion. “That kind of blew the air out of us a little bit,” Lete said. “We only had 11 available guys after he went down.”

The Outlaws continue play at 5:30 today against Cannons Baseball from outside Boise.

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