Warriors suffer through East invite

WWCC's baseball team goes 1-3 at the two-day invite, including losing a pair of two-run games Saturday.



Walla Walla Community College first baseman Marc Garza (second from right) hunts down Skagit Valley College's Cody Hastings (second from left) between first and second base after Hastings was caught stealing on a pick-off move by pitcher Trevor Byers Saturday.


Walla Walla Community College's Colby Melburn (front) slides low and wide to avoid the tag of Skagit Valley College third baseman Austin Potter on an RBI double hit by a teammate who can be seen sliding into second in the background.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College's baseball team went a disappointing 1-3 during its East Region Invitational that concluded Saturday night at Warrior Field.

WWCC lost a pair of two-run games on Saturday. It bowed to Skagit Valley, 6-4, and Lower Columbia, 7-5.

"They are perennial powers in the NWAACC," Walla Walla coach Dave Meliah said. "I'm not a believer in moral victories. A play here and a play there and the games are different."

In other Saturday action at Warrior Field, Blue Mountain also dropped contests to SVC and LCC. Skagit Valley slipped past the Timberwolves, 5-2, and Lower Columbia posted a 15-1 triumph over BMCC.

On Friday, Walla Walla and Blue Mountain both defeated Tacoma, and lost to defending NWAACC champion Bellevue.

The Warriors toppled the Titans, 10-2, and were bullied by the Bulldogs, 10-4. BMCC took down Tacoma, 13-7, before being doubled up by Bellevue, 14-7.

WWCC will take an 8-8 overall record into its Eastern Region-opening doubleheader Wednesday at Big Bend.

"Our goal is to win the Eastern Region," Meliah said. "We're focused on March 31. It's here upon us. The guys will be ready. They should have plenty of confidence."


The Warriors rallied from a 5-1 deficit with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but the Red Devils tallied single runs in the final two frames to earn the win.

WWCC took a 1-0 lead in the first on an Anthony Nice RBI double into the left-center field gap.

In the sixth, Glen Reser recorded a sacrifice fly and Justin Windsor singled in a run to draw Walla Walla within two, 5-3.

Alex Bonczyk and Reser came up with run-scoring singles in the seventh to tie the score at 5-5.

Jake Anderson, Nice, Reser, and Bonczyk had two hits apiece for the Warriors.


Taylor Forge got the Warriors on the board against the Cardinals with an RBI single in the fifth.

Run-producing hits in the sixth inning by Reser and Marc Garza gave WWCC a 3-2 edge.

Walla Walla scored its final run in the seventh on a wild pitch, but it came after a three-run, one-hit rally by Skagit Valley in the top of inning seven that put the Cardinals up for keeps.

BCC 10, WWCC 4

The Bulldogs pounced on WWCC early with four runs on four hits in the first inning and were never headed.

Walla Walla scored twice in the third. Brandon Renteria made contact for an RBI ground out and Zane Hobart lifted a sacrifice fly to center.

Another infield grounder, one from Sean McNaghten in the sixth inning, gave the Warriors their third run.

WWCC's last run was put up in the seventh.

"We have struggled with the first inning this year in all of our losses," Meliah said. "Our pitchers didn't locate. If you get behind hitters, it's going to be a long day."

Renteria, Bonczyk, Garza and Forge had two hits apiece for Walla Walla.

WWCC 10, TCC 2

The Warriors spotted the Titans a two-run lead in the second inning before scoring at least a pair of runs in stanzas two through five.

Reser and Garza slapped run-scoring singles in the second to tie the game at 2-2.

Hobart gave WWCC a 3-2 edge with a ground out in the third and Bonczyk added an RBI triple to left-center later in the inning.

Walla Walla raised its cushion to six, 8-2, with four runs in the fourth. Reser deposited the first pitch of the inning over the right-field fence. Nice and Hobart contributed a two-RBI double to right-center and a sacrifice fly to center, respectively.

The Warriors brought about the eight-run mercy rule after scoring two times in the fifth. Anderson chased home the first run with a double to left-center and Renteria ended the game with a single to left for an RBI.

WWCC pitcher Richie Carmichael, making his first start of the season, allowed just two hits in the abbreviated encounter.

"He threw strikes," Meliah said. "He's a guy we're going to count on in league play. I was pleased with his performance. He's not going to overpower you. He makes guys hit his pitch."

Bonczyk and Garza had three hits apiece for the Warriors. Reser, Nice and Renteria socked two each.

"Offensively, we were aggressive," Meliah said. "That's what we've been talking about."


LCC 002 201 011 - 7 12 2

WWCC 100 002 200 - 5 11 2

Ames, Bradshaw (7), Huson (7), Garner (9) and Smothers. Nelson, Roberts (5) and McNaghten.

HR - none.

Hits - LCC: Br. Graham 3, Grenz 2, Tinnell, Webb, Pierce, Lane, Thoreson, McQuown, Smothers. WWCC: Anderson 2, Nice 2, Reser 2, Bonczyk 2, Pence, McNaghten, Windsor.


SVC 100 100 301 - 6 11 2

WWCC 000 012 100 - 4 11 0

Alford, Reed (8) and Calhoon. Watson, Yundt (7), Byers (7) and Sani.

HR - none.

Hits - SVC: Potter 3, Capron 2, Benish 2, Shreve, Richter, Blankenship, Chriscaden. WWCC: Forge 2, Reser 2, Bonczyk 2, Roberts, Melburn, Garza, Renteria, Sani.

BCC 10, WWCC 4

WWCC 002 001 10 - 4 9 3

BCC 400 303 0x - 10 11 1

A. Garza, Ruffin (2), Staudenmaier (5), Richards (6), Lambert (6) and McNaghten. Parmley, Edwards (7) and Niland.

HR - BCC, Urquhart.

Hits - WWCC: Renteria 2, Bonczyk 2, M. Garza 2, Forge 2, Nice. BCC: Urquhart 3, Smith 3, Cox, Niland, Aaker, Parmley, McKay.

WWCC 10, TCC 2

TCC 020 00 - 2 2 2

WWCC 022 42 - 10 13 0

Lidyard, Meisenheimer (4) and Kathman. Carmichael and Sani.

HR - WWCC, Reser.

Hits - Tacoma: Kitchen, Scott. WWCC: Bonczyk 3, M. Garza 3, Reser 2, Nice 2, Renteria 2, Anderson.


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