PHOTO GALLERY - Warrior favors lead to Chukars' sweep

Treasure Valley picks up 11-5 and 4-3 wins over WWCC on Thursday.



Warrior second baseman Kasey Knigge watches the ball fall from his glove after nearly catching an infield fly against TVCC in Thursday's first game.


Warrior second baseman Kasey Knigge watches the ball fall from his glove after nearly catching an infield fly against TVCC in Thursday's first game.


Warrior base runner Justin Windsor (25) is tagged out by Treasure Valley third baseman Kyle Douglass (2) to end the third inning.


Warrior pitcher Brett Watson (21) delivers a pitch as he works his way through the top of the third inning against Treasure Valley Thursday afternoon.


A second error in the top of the second, this one by WWCC second baseman Kasey Knigge (6) as the ball drops below his glove to roll into the outfield, extends Treasure Valley's inning even further.


WWCC's Jared Jordan (12) slides safely in to second base during the Warriors' first game against Treasure Valley Thursday afternoon.


WWCC first baseman Marc Garza (10) looks into the sun to haul in an infield pop-fly late in the Warriors' first game against Treasure Valley Thursday afternoon.


Warrior first baseman Marc Garza (10) leaps to haul in an overthrown ball but sill has plenty of time to land on the first base bag for the out as a Treasure Valley runner makes his way down the baseline.

WALLA WALLA - Treasure Valley used solid at-bats, defense and pitching to push past WWCC twice in NWAACC baseball action Thursday afternoon.

The East Region-leading Chukars swept, 11-5 and 4-3. They knocked out 22 hits on the day, notching 15 runs on two home runs and only one error.

The Warriors managed just eight runs on 18 hits and had six fielding errors and gave up four unearned runs in the first game.

The winning run in the second game was also unearned.

"We weren't good in any aspect of the game," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said, "Our pitching was bad, we didn't hit and our defense was terrible.

"They (the Chukars) beat us in every aspect of the game and they deserved to win both games, without a doubt."

The Warriors burned through six arms in the two games.

Lefty Brett Watson started game one, going three innings and giving up seven runs - just three earned.

Of the first five runs under Watson, four were unearned.

In the first inning, TVCC's Jared Forbush hit a routine grounder to second. It was booted by the Warrior second baseman, Kasey Knigge, allowing Forbush to reach base.

Forbush promptly stole second, reached third on a single to left field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Barbee.

The Chukars scored three more unearned runs and one earned run in the second for a fast 5-0 lead.

Blackwell knocked in a run with a single, after a walk and one-bagger. Then Forbush knocked a liner to left field. Left fielder Alex Bonczyk appeared to make a running catch near the line. Seconds later, the ball popped out of his glove for the error and allowed two more runs to score.

Forbush would score later in the inning on a Barbee single.

TVCC tacked on two more runs in the top of the third to make it 7-0, before WWCC pushed across a single run in the bottom of the inning.

A Jared Jordan walk was followed by a Justin Windsor single. Two outs later, Mark Garza singled in a run to make 7-1 heading into the fourth. The Warriors picked up another single run in the sixth. Bonczyk had an infield single, Neal Schuck lined a single to right field and Mark Garza was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.

Chance Kopacz hit a sacrifice fly to score the run from third before the final outs of the inning were secured for TVCC, with the Warriors trailing 7-2.

WWCC reliever Connor Lawhead held the Chukars scoreless from the fifth through the eighth.

In the eighth, Barbee knocked a towering shot to right field for a two-run homer for an 11-2 lead.

WWCC's three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth was too little, too late for this game.

Jordan and Windsor posted RBI singles.

Game two was a pitchers' duel through the first five innings, with WWCC's Tyler Roberts and TVCC's Tyson Flannery matching zeroes in the lights.

But the Chukers broke through in the top of the sixth with a Barbee single and an Aaron Trukositz line-drive homer for a 2-0 lead.

The Warriors answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs.

Brandon Renteria doubled, Mark Garza singled and Mike Paulson smacked a two-bagger to left to score both runs. Jordan then singled to right to score Paulson.

It was 3-2 Warriors after six innings.

The score stayed the same until the top of the eighth, when TVCC broke through with two runs, only one earned.

Luke Miller walked and Kyle Douglass hit a hard grounder to the Warrior second baseman, Schuck, who bobbled it, looked at third and threw to first. The runner at first beat the throw.

The Chukars' hit an infield single to load the bases, then Blackwell hit a two-run single for a 4-3 Chukars lead.

The losses drop the Warriors to 7-3 in East Region play, and into a tie for second with Columbia Basin.

Yakima and Treasure Valley tie for the top of the division at 9-1.

"There are still a lot of games left," Meliah said, "We have eighteen games left in conference. Anything can happen, we can pout about it and hang our heads or we can come back ready to work. Those are really our only two options."

The Warriors host Blue Mountain at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Game one

TVCC 142 200 020 - 11 13 1

WWCC 001 001 003 - 5 10 3

Fabricius, Stammel (9) and Blackwell. Watson, Yundt (4), Lawhead (5), Wujek (9) and Sani, Leach (5).

HR - TVCC: Barbee.

Hits - TVCC: Turcotte 4, Barbee 3, Douglass, Matos 2, Blackwell, Miller, Roode. WWCC: Sani, Jordan 2, Windsor 3, M. Garza, Bonczyk, Schuck, Leach.

Game two

TVCC 000 002 020 - 4 9 0

WWCC 000 003 000 - 3 8 3

Flannery, Braase (8) and Berg, Blackwell (7). Roberts, A. Garza (7) and Leach.

HR - TVCC: Truckositz.

Hits - TVCC: Forbush 2, Blackwell, Barbee 3, Miller, Berg, Trukositz, Lester. WWCC: M. Garza 2, Kopacz, Jordan, Renteria, Paulson 3.


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