Olsons double-dose too much for WWCC

Tacoma's David Olson has three hits in the opening win, and then Andrew Olson pitches the Titans to victory.


WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College suffered from a double dose of Olsons Saturday afternoon during an NWAACC baseball doubleheader with Tacoma at Warrior Field.

David Olson collected three hits in the opener, won by the Titans 3-2.

Andrew Olson pitched seven innings in the nightcap as Tacoma completed a sweep in its season-opening twin bill with a 12-5 triumph.

The double whammy dropped the Warriors to 3-3 on the season and had coach Dave Meliah scratching his head afterward.

"Baseball's a funny game," said Meliah, whose team began its season last weekend with three wins in four games. "As soon as you think you have it figured out, you get slapped in the face."

Tacoma used a two-out Walla Walla error to plate a pair of unearned runs in the initial inning of game one. Brandon Johnson brought teammates Andy Scott and David Olson home with a triple to right field.

The Warriors got a run back in the bottom half of the fourth. Tyler Roberts led off with a triple to center and crossed the dish on a one-out sacrifice fly off the bat of Marc Garza.

Each team scored a run in the seventh. WWCC's tally came on a Glen Reser sacrifice fly.

Starter Colton Brown tossed seven innings to notch the win for the Titans. He allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

David Olson and Sean Santschi both pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Tacoma. Santschi hurled a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to register the save.

Walla Walla starter Brett Watson took the hard-luck loss despite six respectable frames in which he fanned four and walked just one. Reliever Jake Nelson threw the final three innings and yielded just one unearned run.

"They threw well," Meliah said. "Tacoma is a good squad that can swing it."

After spotting Tacoma single runs in each of the first two innings of the second game, the Warriors took their only lead of the day in the home half of inning two. A bases-loaded balk brought in the first run and Zane Hobart delivered the latter two with a double into the left-field corner.

The Titans took command of the game when they scored nine runs in the fourth inning. Ryne Briley gave Tacoma a 4-3 edge with a two-run single.

Briley's base knock was one of six in the inning for the Titans, who were aided during their uprising by five of the Warriors' eight errors in the game.

"Eight errors in a game is unacceptable," Meliah said.

WWCC recorded its final two runs of the day on Garza's RBI single in the seventh inning and a run-scoring double in the ninth by Brandon Renteria.

A consistent bright spot for the Warriors in game two was provided by relief pitcher Travis Ruffin, who did his part to stop the bleeding in the fourth inning and shut out the Titans in frames five through eight.

Tacoma ended up with 20 hits on the day compared to 12 for the Warriors.

"Most of it was our mentality," Meliah said. "We weren't aggressive and let too many pitches go by. When you let a pitcher dictate the at-bat, you're not going to be as successful."

The Warriors host Olympic for a double dip today at 11 a.m.

First Game

Tacoma 200 000 100 - 3 8 0

WWCC 000 100 100 - 2 3 2

Brown, D. Olson (8), Santschi (9) and Rossetto, Kathman (8). Watson, Nelson (7) and Sani.

HR - none.

Hits - Tacoma: D. Olson 3, Johnson 2, Box 2, Briley. WWCC: Hobart, Roberts, Bonczyk.

Second Game

Tacoma 110 900 001 - 12 12 3

WWCC 030 000 101 - 5 9 8

A. Olson, Pagel (8) and Kathman. Jordan, Staudenmaier (4), Ruffin (4), Jacobsen (9) and Sani.

HR - none.

Hits - Tacoma: Williams 3, Box 2, Rosvold 2, Rogers 2, Briley, Kathman, Scott. WWCC: Carmichael 2, Windsor, Hobart, Nice, Sani, Merrill, Garza, Renteria.


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