WWCC baseball rallies to split with Blue Mountain

The Warriors fall short in the baseball opener, 5-4, but win the nightcap 6-3.

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon, but dropped a 5-4 decision to Blue Mountain in the front end of an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field.

WWCC bounced back to take the nightcap, 6-3, to snap a six-game home losing streak.

The split left Walla Walla level on the season - 4-4 in league and 12-12 overall.

Richie Carmichael scored the Warriors' first run in the ninth with a double against BMCC reliever Curtis Enger. Zane Hobart, in a pinch-hitting role, made it a one-run game with a two-out, two-run home run to left field.

Colby Melburn came within inches of tying the contest. He drove an Enger delivery to left that was caught at the fence by left fielder Tanner Hollingsworth for the final out of the game.

Timberwolves' starting pitcher Logan Whitten earned the win with eight innings of four-hit ball.

"You have to tip your cap to him," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "We didn't have an answer for him."

Walla Walla scored first in the nightcap. Kyle Sani was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Marc Garza lofted a sacrifice fly to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Carmichael increased the WWCC lead to 3-0 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Blue Mountain got back in the game with two runs in the fifth inning.

But the Warriors got a pair of RBI hits - an Alex Bonczyk double and a Tyler Roberts single - in the sixth to reclaim a three-run cushion, 5-2.

Each team scored in the seventh. Melburn chased Walla Walla's run home with a double.

Bonczyk threw the first six innings for the win. Lefty Travis Ruffin went the final three frames to get the save.

"That's the first time Alex has pitched in two or three weeks," Meliah said of Bonczyk, who has played most of the season in the Warriors' outfield. "He was really good. Ruffin got into a couple of a jams, but continued to throw strikes.

"We were resilient," Meliah said. "We didn't let the first game bother us."

The Warriors continue league play Wednesday with a twin bill at Spokane.

First Game

BMCC 010 001 012 - 5 9 3

WWCC 000 001 003 - 4 6 0

Whitten, Enger (9) and Ti. Kerr; Watson, Pentecost (1), Jordan (7), Yundt (8) and Sani.

HR - BMCC, Jones; WWCC: Hobart.

Hits - BMCC: Jones 2, To. Kerr 2, Ti. Kerr 2, Frederiksen, Doherty, Fisher; WWCC: Melburn, Bonczyk, Carmichael, Sani, Garza, Hobart.

Second Game

BMCC 000 020 100 - 3 5 1

WWCC 002 102 10x - 6 10 0

West, Tibbets (6) and Ti. Kerr; Bonczyk, Ruffin (7) and Sani.

HR - none.

Hits - BMCC: Doherty, To. Kerr, Fisher, Ti. Kerr, Robinson; WWCC: Melburn 2, Roberts 2, Carmichael 2, Reser, Bonczyk, Garza, Anderson.

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