Warriors split Eastern Regional Invitational baseball tournament

The Warriors downed Clark, 11-8, in the finale Sunday after falling to Shoreline, 4-2, for the tournament split.


WALLA WALLA - Chance Kopacz stroked a double and two singles Sunday afternoon at Warriors Field as Walla Walla defeated Clark 11-8 in the final game of an Eastern Regional Invitational baseball tournament.

The victory made it an even split for the Warriors - both on the day and for the tournament. Walla Walla lost to Shoreline 4-2 earlier Sunday after splitting a pair of games Saturday during the first day of the tournament.

"We didn't play our best baseball, but we found a way to split," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "That will be very important when we get to league play - to win even when you don't play all that great."

The Warriors are now 9-3 on the season and return to action with four more home games this weekend. Walla Walla hosts Southwest Oregon at 1 p.m. and Lane at 7 p.m. on Saturday and entertains Green River in a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

The Warriors unloaded on four Clark pitchers for 14 hits in Sunday's victory and needed every one of them to match the Penguins' 14 hits. The Walla Wallans struck for six runs in the bottom of the third inning to take an 8-1 lead but needed a three-run rally in the sixth to hold off Clark.

Kopacz knocked in a pair of runs in the game while Kasey Knigge collected three RBIs with a triple, a double and a sacrifice fly. Alex Bonczyk had a pair of singles and one RBI and Brendon Renteria contributed a single and a double. Mike Paulson and Justin Windsor also singled home a run each and Michael Leach picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk.

Nick Jordan pitched the first five innings and struck out five Clark batters as he picked up the win, although he allowed six runs. Tyler Roberts pitched the final four innings and registered six strikeouts.

The Warriors outhit Shoreline 7-6 in the day's first game, but Cole Clerget's three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the deciding factor in the Dolphins' victory.

Marc Garza's two-run single accounted for the Warrior runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Shoreline 4, WWCC 2

Shoreline 000 000 130 - 4 6 2

WWCC 000 000 200 - 2 7 1

Iseri, Kelly (7), Bertchet-Hall (8) and thielman; Arlt, Jacobsen (8), Bergman (8) and Sani.

HR - Shoreline, Clerget.

Hits - Shoreline: Tebgarden 2, Clerget, Besel, Lastimado, Thielman; WWCC: Bonczyk 2, Sani 2, Knigge, Garca, Kopacz.

WWCC 11, Clark 8

Clark 100 140 110 - 8 14 2

WWCC 206 030 00x - 11 14 2

Snyder, Manderbach (3), Gibson (6), Ecalbarger (8) and Blackmon; Jordan, Roberts (6) and Leach.

Hits - Clark: Pickett 3, Johnson 3, Woods 2, Sheller 2, Henning, Girod, Blackmon, Dunn; WWCC: Kopacz 3, Knigge 2, Bonczyk 2, Renteria 2, Garza, Jordan, Paulson, Leach, Windor.


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