No mercy between Walla Walla Community College Warriors, Vikes

Big Bend wins the opener of an Eastern Region baseball twin bill, 12-4, before Walla Walla takes the nightcap, 12-3, Sunday.

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Walla Walla Community College pitcher Kasey Knigge throws to home Sunday.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College and Big Bend took turns being unmerciful to one another during an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field.

The Vikings scored eight runs over the final four innings of game one and rolled to a 12-4 victory.

WWCC took control of game two with a seven-run fifth inning and Drew Christina pitched eight solid innings in a 12-3 Walla Walla rout.

The Warriors are now 3-1 in league and 14-6 overall.

WWCC led 2-0 after three innings of game one. Shane Dixon brought home the first run with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and Jarrod Turner swatted an RBI single to left field in the third.

Walla Walla surrendered four unearned runs in the fourth inning before scoring its third run. Turner mashed a double to left in the fifth to make it a 4-3 game.

But Big Bend put the contest away with a run in the sixth inning, three runs in both the seventh and eighth, and a single tally in the ninth.

The Warriors scored their final run in the seventh on a Ryan Rambur single to center.

WWCC lost despite a 13-12 advantage in hits.

"We could have easily scored five or six runs in the first three innings," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "Big Bend is scrappy. When they get the lead, they keep adding pressure."

Jared Jordan, Kasey Knigge, and Neal Schuck hammered RBI singles during WWCC's fifth-inning outburst in the nightcap that wiped out a 2-1 Vikings' edge. Rambur and Cody Poznanski also registered RBIs in the inning on a fielder's choice and bases-loaded walk, respectively. Two more runs resulted from a passed ball and wild pitch.

Walla Walla put up four runs in the seventh. Turner drove home two with a double and Rambur produced two more runs with a single.

Christina struck out 11 and scattered nine hits over eight innings.

Jordan recorded five of the Warriors' 27 hits on the day.

"We needed a strong outing (from Christina) because we were struggling with runners in scoring position," Meliah said. "We needed someone to limit (Big Bend) offensively. Drew did a nice job.

"The fifth inning was a reverse of the first game," Meliah said. "We finally got a hit or two with runners in scoring position."

WWCC continues league play at 1 p.m. Wednesday with a twin bill in Wenatchee.

First game

BBCC 000 401 331 12 12 1

WWCC 101 010 100 4 13 2

Vandever, Barton (5), Hall (7) and Noyola, Schmedding (8). Knigge, Brockman (6),Gillespie (8), Omoto (9) and Turner.

HR - none.

Hits - BBCC: Lively 2, Navarro 2, Hatley 2, Benner, Walker, Noyola, Moreno, Todd, Bickler; WWCC: Jordan 3, Salas 2, Turner 2, Schuck 2, Rambur 2, Dixon, Kilpatrick.

Second game

BBCC 001 101 000 - 3 9 4

WWCC 001 070 40x - 12 14 1

Daniels, Shaffer (5), Paul (5), Castellano (6), Lopez (7) and Schmedding. D. Christina, Lawhead (9) and Holbrook.

HR - none.

Hits - BBCC: Walker 3, Lively 2, Hatley, Schmedding, Todd, Koyama; WWCC: Schuck 2, Poznanski 2, Rambur 2, Jordan 2, Knigge 2, Salas, Dixon, Holbrook, Turner.

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