Photo Gallery: Pitching, hitting pace Warriors past Sasquatch

The WWCC baseball team opens NWAACC East Region play with 9-2 and 4-2 victories over Spokane.

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DIVE AND ROLL 2---WWCC's Kasey Knigge dives and snags a hard hit Spokane ball in the top of the 5th inning then rolls up (see DIVE AND ROLL 1), firing the ball to Jared Jordan (#12), to hold the Sasquatch runner at 1st base. Spokane came away from the inning empty-handed on runs and the Warriors held onto a 3-1 lead before an explosive 5-run 6th inning that helped WWCC walk away with a 9-2 first game win Wednesday afternoon. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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DIVE AND ROLL 1---WWCC's Kasey Knigge dives and snags (see DIVE AND ROLL 2) a hard hit Spokane ball in the top of the 5th inning then rolls up, firing the ball to Jared Jordan (#12), to hold the Sasquatch runner at 1st base. Spokane came away from the inning empty-handed on runs and the Warriors held onto a 3-1 lead before an explosive 5-run 6th inning that helped WWCC walk away with a 9-2 first game win Wednesday afternoon. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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WWCC'S Justin Windsor gets back to 1st base just as the ball hits the glove of Spokane's Brendon Herzer on the pick-off attempt by Sasquatch pitcher Jordan Wilson (#23). First game. March 30, 2011

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FIRST GAME CONFERENCE---Conference on the mound. First game WWCC versus Spokane. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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FLICK OF THE WRIST OUT---WWCC 2nd baseman Kasey Knigge gets the flick of the wrist out on an over-extended Spokane baserunner, Drew Ableman (#14), with the throw to WWCC's Jared Jordan (not in picture) who was waiting on the 2nd base bag for the 2nd inning out. The Warriors won their 1st game against the visiting Sasquatch by a 9-2 score Wednesday afternoon. March 30,2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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HOLDING UP---WWCC's Mike Paulson gathers up a ball hit in shallow right field and holds up the Spokane runner at 1st base. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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"W" IS FOR WIN---WWCC players celebrate in a sea of "W's" as they add another win to their season record with a 9-2 first game victory over Spokane Wednesday afternoon. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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WINDSOR HIT---WWCC's Justin Windsor gets a first game hit against Spokane. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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COACH'S ADVICE---Coach Meliah gives advice at 3rd to one of his baserunners during 1st game of doubleheader Wednesday against Spokane. The Warriors prevailed 9-2 in the first game. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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LEFTY STRIKE---LHP Brett Watson delivers a strike to Spokane. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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OPEN-FIELD OUT---WWCC center fielder Alex Bonczyk gets the open field out during first game action against Spokane Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors won game 1 by a 9-2 score. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

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SHOULDERING THE CELEBRATION---WWCC's Mike Paulson, left, and Connor Lawhead go high and shoulder the celebration of Paulson's 3rd out catch deep in right field to end the top of the 3rd inning during the Warrior's first game win against Spokane Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors had plenty to celebrate during their 9-2 victory over the Sasquatch that saw WWCC bats explode for 5 runs in the 6th inning that sealed the win. March 30, 2011 Jeff Horner Photo

WALLA WALLA - If you get good pitching and good hitting, you get positive baseball results.

Walla Walla Community College got both here in opening NWAACC East Region action Wednesday.

The results followed as the Warriors swept Spokane 9-2 and 4-2.

"Spokane is one of the better teams in the league," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "So coming out to open the league season (these) are really big wins."

In the opener, Taylor Hustad's two-out, first-inning double produced a 1-0 Sasquatch advantage.

In the home first, with two outs and no one on, Marc Garza singled. Chance Kopacz followed with a double, Kyle Sani singled, Tyler Roberts singled, and Mike Paulson capped the two-out rally with an RBI single as the Warriors grabbed the lead for good at 3-1.

"We've done that (string two-out hits together) a number of times," Meliah said. "Our guys can swing the bat a little bit. We have the ability to put up some big innings."

Clinging to that 3-1 lead, the Warriors broke this one open with a five-run, five-hit sixth-inning explosion. Alex Bonczyk's two-run single and Kasey Knigge's RBI double keyed the uprising that ran the lead to 8-1 after six.

The Sasquatch had no answer as lefty WWCC pitcher Brett Watson kept them at bay.

After the first-inning run, Watson did not allow another run as he worked seven innings, scattered seven hits, and struck out three.

"He (Watson) worked his way out of some jams," Meliah said. "They had runners in scoring position quite a bit, but he was able to get a line-drive double play and a few pop ups."

Watson, with relief help from Anthony Garza, picked up the win.

"I walked a guy and hit a guy and they made the most of it (in the first inning)," Watson said. "Not everything was working today. You just have to work with what you have that day. I just tried to do what I normally do and throw strikes and get guys out. When you get good run support like I did, it makes it a lot easier to pitch."

Kopacz, Sani and Justin Windsor each had three hits to pace a 16-hit Warrior attack in the opener.

In game two, Spokane used an RBI single from Matt Miller to break up a scoreless pitching duel between Spokane's Dillon Watkins and WWCC's Roberts, and grab a 1-0 lead after five.

Hustad knocked in another Sasquatch run in the Spokane sixth for a 2-0 lead.

The Warriors got on the board with the help of an obstruction call in the home sixth. Jared Jordan singled and Michael Leach, who had walked, was waved home on the obstruction call as WWCC cut the lead to 2-1.

WWCC got even in the seventh. Brandon Renteria beat out an infield hit and Marc Garza singled him to second. Renteria went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Knigge's ground out.

The Warriors loaded the bases in the eighth with one out, but one out later, the Warriors, who had stranded 11 runners through seven innings, had not crossed home plate.

Marc Garza got into a 1-2 hole, but lined the next pitch into left field to knock in Jared Jordan and Sani, both of whom had one-out singles in the inning. The Warriors took a 4-2 lead to the ninth.

"Two outs, runners in scoring position, just had to get a job done," Marc Garza said of his at bat. "I got two strikes and I was just protecting on anything close. He threw a curve ball and I stayed with it.

"We got a lot of hits (in the second game), but had them spread out," Marc Garza continued. "We got them good at the end and strung them (hits) together."

Marc Garza's three hits lead the Warrior 12-hit attack in the 4-2 win.

On the mound for WWCC, Roberts gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five before leaving with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.

Enter Zach Borgman from the Warrior pen. Borgman used one pitch to get a ground out and get the Warriors out of the eighth-inning jam. Borgman, a southpaw freshman, worked a scoreless ninth to send the Warriors to a 2-0 start in East Region play.

"Ty (Roberts) threw great, if we would've taken care of business early, we would've had three or four runs for him," Meliah said. "Zach (Borgman) has done a great job all year coming in and throwing strikes."

The Warriors pounded out 28 hits in sweeping Spokane.

"In a game of failure (you make an out 7-of-10 at bats), you have to go up there with confidence," Meliah said of his team's hitting success. "You have to be confident as a hitter, and at this point, our guys have got that."

The Warriors continue East play with a doubleheader Saturday at Big Bend.

"We're off to a great start," Watson said. "If we continue this, we should have a great season."

First Game

Spokane 100 000 001 - 2 8 2

WWCC 300 005 01x - 9 16 0

Wilson, Weber (6) and Santos; Watson, A. Garza (8) and Sani.

HR - none.

Hits - Spokane: Hustad 3, Herzer, Abelman 2, Dahmen, Santos; WWCC: M. Garza, Kopacz 3, Sani 3, Roberts 2, Paulson, Windsor 3, Bonczyk, Knigge 2.

Second Game

Spokane 000 011 000 - 2 5 1

WWCC 000 001 12x - 4 12 1

Watkins, Smith (6) and Jackson; Roberts, Borgman (8) and Leach, Sani (9).

HR - none.

Hits - Spokane: Peterson 2, Miller, Dahmen, Hustad; WWCC: Leach 2,Windsor, Bonczyk, Paulson, M. Garza 3, Jordan 2, Renteria, Sani.

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