WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College capped its opening weekend of baseball with two victories over Prairie Baseball Academy Sunday, 9-3 and 8-3.
"It was a good first weekend," Warriors coach Dave Meliah said. "I think we learned quite a bit about things we still need to improve on, but I was pretty pleased with everything, for the most part."
Prairie opened the day with a run in the first inning, but Meliah said WWCC did a good job limiting Prairie to the lone run.
"We were lucky to get out of the first giving up one run," he said. "They had runners on second and third with one out, but we got out of it."
The Warriors responded with five runs in the bottom of the first to spark the victory. Zane Hobart had a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the game.
In the nightcap, WWCC scored solo runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings, with a four-spot in the fifth, to roll to the 8-3 victory.
"We had guys on base almost every inning, and did a good job moving guys over and scoring them from third," Meliah said. "We were a lot more focused in the second day than the day before. The fourth game of a weekend can be mentally challenging, and we did well focusing."
Austin Pentecost drew Meliah's praise for his six innings of work on the mound in the nightcap.
"He really stepped up and gave us six innings," Meliah said. "I was really pleased with how he threw."
Taylor Forge had four hits on the day, and also filled in at shortstop.
"Taylor did a good job all day," Meliah said. "I was real happy with how he handled it."
The Warriors, now 3-1, host twins bills this weekend, Tacoma at 11 a.m. Saturday and Olympic at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Prairie 100 001 010 - 3 9 1
WWCC 500 110 02x - 9 9 1
Chies, Wierenga (6) and Mitchell. Bonczyk, Byers (6) and McNaghten.
HR - WWCC (Hobart).
Hits - Prairie: Reghr, Granberg, McNeil 3, Ford 2, MacLean, Fulkerth. WWCC: Hobart 2, Forge, Garza, Bonczyk, Carmichael 2, McNaghten, Molitor.
Prairie 000 021 000 - 3 5 3
WWCC 101 141 00x - 8 9 0
Oosterhof, Chamberland (6), Muzechka (7) and Mitchell. Pentecost, Yundt (7) and McDonald.
HR - Prairie (McClain).
Hits - Prairie: Friesen 2, Mitchell 2, MacLean. WWCC: Hobart, Forge 3, Garza, Bonczyk, McNaghten, Anderson, McDonald.