Warriors even at baseball East Region Invite

Host WWCC splits games on both days of the annual baseball tournament.

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Feeling the pain of having just missed the tag, Lane catcher Mark Fauria, right, wears a disgruntled frown as WWCC's Brandon Renteria, left, hovers in the moment of hurt just before scoring in the 3rd inning. The Warriors did a lot of damage with 5 runs in the inning during their match-up Saturday afternoon.

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WWCC's Brandon Renteria makes it clear to the umpire that he's safe at home and Lane's catcher, Mark Fauria, missed the tag but Fauria has a difference of opinion as he holds his gloved evidence up. Renteria was called safe in a big 3rd inning for the Warriors.

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WWCC players celebrate one of five runs scored in the 3rd inning against Lane.

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WWCC's Taylor Forge forged ahead to 3rd from 2nd base on a 3rd inning hit to the infield edge of left field against Lane on Saturday afternoon.

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Nice dive, Anthony, as WWCC's Anthony Nice made a lunge for hard-hit ball just out of reach in the 4th inning.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College's baseball team ended up with a 2-2 record at its annual East Region Invitational that wrapped up Saturday night at Warrior Field.

The Warriors walloped Lane, 18-7, in its Saturday opener and lost the invite finale to Chemeketa, 5-1.

Blue Mountain, one of Walla Walla's rivals in the NWAACC Eastern Region, also played Lane and Chemeketa on Saturday. The Timberwolves downed Lane, 10-2, and were blanked by Chemeketa, 8-0, in games that were ended by the eight-run mercy rule.

On Friday, WWCC edged Prairie Baseball Academy, 10-9, in 10 innings before losing to Edmonds, 3-1.

Another pair of games on Friday produced mixed results for Blue Mountain. BMCC nipped PBA, 7-6, and bowed to Edmonds, 10-1. Both games were called after eight innings due to time-limit restraints.

The Warriors host another East Region invite Friday and Saturday at Warrior Field.

Chemeketa 5, WWCC 1

The Warriors surrendered three runs in the initial frame and managed just five hits against Chemeketa pitchers Jake Boyd and Dan Withnell.

Boyd went the first six innings and Withnell earned the save by finishing stanzas seven through nine.

WWCC scored its only run in the sixth - with the aid of a Chemeketa error.

"They played good defense," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "They took care of the ball.

"It was a good NWAACC baseball game," Meliah said. "We have nothing to hang our heads about."

WWCC 18, Lane 7

Walla Walla set the tone with six first-inning runs - all with two out - and led 13-1 after two-and-a-half innings before cruising the rest of the way.

Justin Windsor led WWCC with three hits and five runs batted in. He smashed RBI singles in the first and third innings, ripped a two-run double in the second, and added a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

Brandon Renteria and Marc Garza added RBI singles in the first for the Warriors.

WWCC scored five times in the third. Kyle Sani delivered the big blow - a two-RBI double off the left-center field fence. Garza contributed a sacrifice fly to center.

Colby Melburn starred during a four-run Walla Walla rally in the sixth with a single that brought in two runs.

"It was nice to get out to a comfortable lead," Meliah said. "We had good at-bats. Our guys played with a lot more confidence."

Edmonds 3, WWCC 1

Tritons' pitchers Brooks Roy and Jacob Overbay proved to be too much for the Warriors in the pitcher-friendly contest that was completed in a mere two hours, nine minutes.

Roy allowed just three hits over eight innings. Overbay tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Edmonds scored twice in the first inning and added its final tally in the second.

Tyler Roberts drove in WWCC's only run with a double to right in the fourth.

"It was all about confidence," Meliah said. "It wasn't until the fourth inning that we believed we could compete with Edmonds."

Walla Walla starter Brett Watson lasted four innings and was relieved in the fifth by Jake Nelson.

"The third and fourth innings are how Brett should be coming out of the shoots," Meliah said. "Jake was great."

WWCC 10, PBA 9

Seager Pence had two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Warriors used a Prairie Dawgs' throwing error to plate the winning run in the 10th.

Each team scored in the first before WWCC took a 3-1 lead in the third on RBI hits by Roberts and Riley Merrill - a single and double, respectively.

PBA tallied in the fourth and added two runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead prior to a run-scoring single by Walla Walla's Richie Carmichael in inning five that evened things up at 4-4.

The Prairie Dawgs scored four times in the sixth and the Warriors responded with three in the last half of the frame. Pence and Taylor Forge helped bring WWCC back with RBI doubles.

PBA forced bonus panels with a run in the ninth.

"It was good that we came back from a four-run deficit," Meliah said. "Seager got a big hit to give us a lead.

"In the end, we found a way to win."

Chemeketa 5, WWCC 1

Chemeketa 301 000 100 - 5 5 1

WWCC 000 001 000 - 1 5 3

Boyd, Withnell (7) and Setere. Pentecost, Carmichael (7) and McNaghten.

HR - Chemeketa, Kincannon.

Hits - Chemeketa: Lowe 2, Kincannon, Fahey, Bell; WWCC: Porter, Hobart, Bonczyk, Forge, Pence.

WWCC 18, Lane 7

WWCC 625 104 - 18 11 3

Lane 013 210 - 7 12 6

Bonczyk, A. Garza (5) and Sani. McEvoy, Drullinger (2), Maes (3), Douthitt (5), May (6), Miller (6) and Offer.

HR - Lane, Hill.

Hits - WWCC: Windsor 3, Nice 2, Sani 2, Renteria, M. Garza, Roberts, Melburn; Lane: Schumacher 2, Sauer 2, Sanchez 2, Offer, Berger, Akers, Hill, Huskey, Schermerhorn.

Edmonds 3, WWCC 1

WWCC 000 100 000 - 1 3 0

Edmonds 210 000 00x - 3 6 0

Watson, Nelson (5) and McNaghten. Roy, Overbay (9) and Sutherland.

HR - none.

Hits - WWCC: Hobart, Bonczyk, Roberts. Edmonds: Sutherland 2, Lyon, LeCount, Phillips, Moser.

WWCC 10, PBA 9

PBA 100 124 001 0 - 9 11 6

WWCC 102 013 200 1 - 10 11 3

Tufts, Muzechka (6), Schaafsma (6) and Mitchell. Yundt, Windsor (6), Byers (8), Jordan (9) and Sani, McNaghten (7).

HR - WWCC, Pence.

Hits - PBA: Fulkerth 3, Granberg 2, McNeil 2, MacLean 2, Mitchell, Friesen; WWCC: Roberts 2, Merrill 2, Pence 2, Bonczyk, Carmichael, Melburn, Forge, McNaghten.

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