WWCC Warriors pull off baseball split with Chukars

Treasure Valley steals the opener, 4-3, but WWCC's baseball team withstands obstacles to win the nightcap, 5-3, Wednesday.

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Walla Walla Community College's Kyle Sani slips under the tag from Treasure Valley's Kyle Blackweel during the bottom of the eigth inning during game one Wednesday afternoon.

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Warrior first baseman Marc Garza (background) comes up with a ground ball to prevent a Treasure Valley run in the top of the ninth inning of game one Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College split with Treasure Valley here Wednesday in NWAACC East Region baseball action.

Despite outhitting the Chukars 10-5, the Warriors dropped the opener 4-3, but bounced back to withstand cold, rain, and 10 Chukar hits to win the nightcap, 5-3.

"At this point in the season, the splits don't hurt you," said Warrior coach Dave Meliah. "In the (second) game, I thought we played better than they did. Obviously, in the (first) game, they played better than us. (But) every win you can get is important."

Brandon Renteria reached on an infield hit and was doubled to third by Tyler Roberts in the Warrior first of the opener. Glen Reser picked up Renteria with a sac fly to center and WWCC led 1-0.

Jake Nelson gave up five hits and three earned runs on the mound for the Warriors, but a two-run home run from Jared Forbush in a three-run Chukar third, then a Trent Seamons' double and a run-producing hit by Lucas Miller in the seventh, proved to be all the Chukars needed in the 4-3 TVCC win.

"He (Nelson) threw a couple of bad pitches and had the one error that cost him another run," Meliah said. "It's a shame we couldn't get a couple of big hits for him."

Kyle Sani's double drove home a Warrior run in the sixth, and Colby Melburn added a run-scoring double in the seventh to drive the final to 4-3. However, the Warriors couldn't get one more hit, stranding eight runners in the loss.

The Warriors turned to Richie Carmichael on the mound in game two to prevent the sweep.

"If we get swept there, it's an uphill battle from then on," Carmichael said. "Treasure is setting in third and we're setting in fourth, so at least we stayed with them."

To open the night cap, Melburn dropped a lead-off single into right, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Warrior lead.

The Warriors gave it back in the second as the Chukars took advantage of two Warrior errors and a Trent Seamons' RBI single to tie it, 1-1.

WWCC got a triple from Anthony Nice and a two-run line drive home run into the left-field bullpen from Sean McNaghten to take the lead again at 3-1 after two.

A two-run shot from Matt Comer got the Chukars even in the fifth. The Warriors answered with an unearned run to regain the lead at 4-3 after five.

The Warriors went hitless, following McNaghten's second inning blow, until Alex Bonczyk singled up the middle in the Warrior eighth. Bonczyk took advantage of a wild pitch and Reser's ground out to reach third. Bonczyk scored an insurance run on a Chukar wild pitch and WWCC took a 5-3 lead to the ninth.

"They helped us a little bit with some runs in that second game," Meliah said. "We'll take it (the win) any way we can get it."

Carmichael got an out in the ninth but gave up hits to Brett Valley and Forbush, and Justin Windsor came on in relief to record the final two outs.

Carmichael got the win after 8.1 innings, scattering 10 hits, and allowing two earned runs.

"I'm happy with the outing," Carmichael said. "I was kind of up in the zone off and on and threw one bad pitch to their best hitter (Comer) and he put it over the fence. I felt like my cutter was working really well, and they have a lot of lefties, and my change was working well against them."

The Warriors improve to 11-11 and hold onto the last East playoff spot, with a trip to Wenatchee Saturday.

"We gotta get a sweep or two to make sure we can sneak into the playoffs," Carmichael added. "I feel like we have a team that can make a run when we get into the playoffs."

First Game

TVCC 003 000 100 - 4 5 1

WWCC 100 001 100 - 3 10 2

Allen, Brunner (7), Braase (9) and Blackwell, Berg (9); Nelson, Jordan (8) and Sani, McNaghten (9).

HR - TVCC: Forbush.

Hits - TVCC: Forbush, Comer, Miller 2, Seamons; WWCC: Renteria, Roberts, Garza, Nice 2, Boncyzk 2, Sani 2, Melburn.

Second Game

TVCC 010 020 000 - 3 10 1

WWCC 120 010 01X - 5 4 2

Shoemaker, Braase (8) and Blackwell; Carmichael, Windsor (9) and McNaghten.

HR - TVCC: Comer; WWCC: McNaghten.

Hits - TVCC: Seamons, Lester 2, Roode, Miller, Comer, Blackwell, Bergsma, Forbush, Valley; WWCC: Melburn, Nice, McNaghten, Bonczyk.

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