WALLA WALLA - Pitching was the vehicle Walla Walla Community College drove to an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball sweep of Columbia Basin on Saturday at Warrior Field.
Left-hander Drew Christina threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout in the nightcap, a game in which Walla Walla prevailed by a 1-0 score.
Reliever Connor Lawhead tossed six innings of one-run ball during a 6-1 Warrior victory in the opener.
The Warriors, No. 5 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, improved to 6-2 in league and 17-7 overall.
Game two was a scoreless stalemate until the bottom of the eighth inning. Walla Walla's Tony Salas, the No. 7 hitter in the order, drilled a one-out double off of Columbia Basin reliever Artie Reyes and scored when a Ryan Rambur single was misplayed by Hawks' right fielder Jeremy Holden.
"I knew something like that would have to happen," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "For Ryan, that was a big hit right there. We have a lot of confidence in the bottom of our order."
Christina struck out five and walked two over his nine-inning gem.
CBC starter Nico Lytle was equally impressive. He limited the Warriors to one hit over seven innings.
"Drew was outstanding and their guy was outstanding too," Meliah said. "Unfortunately, somebody had to lose that game. I'm happy it was (CBC) who lost it.
"Drew has enough velocity to throw it by guys," Meliah said. "When he throws his breaking ball for strikes, he's as good as anybody in the league."
The Warriors grabbed the early advantage in game one with four tallies in the second inning. Michael Kilpatrick and Neal Schuck brought in a run apiece with bloop singles and Cody Poznanski ripped a two-RBI double to left.
Jared Jordan knocked in the first of two WWCC runs in the fourth inning with a single to left. The latter score came home on an error.
CBC's scored its only run of the day on an infield out in the seventh inning.
"I knew Connor was going to give us a chance," Meliah said. "He threw strikes and our defense made plays."
Poznanski, Kilpatrick, and Jarrod Turner had two hits each for Walla Walla.
The Warriors continue league play on Wednesday at Treasure Valley.
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WWCC 040 200 00x - 6 10 0
Minnich, Dunlap (3), Rapose (4), Briggs (8) and McAlpin, Azevedo; Knigge, Lawhead (4) and Turner.
HR - none.
Hits - CBC: Raynes, McAlpin, Lochridge; WWCC: Poznanski 2, Turner 2, Kilpatrick 2, Salas, Rambur, Schuck, Jordan.
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Lytle, Reyes (8) and McAlpin; D. Christina and Turner.
HR - none.
Hits - CBC: Lochridge, Haliewicz, Dunlap; WWCC: Poznanski, Salas, Rambur.