Warriors enjoy baseball fish fry with Dolphins

The WWCC baseball team takes advantage of Shoreline errors in 5-1 and 12-3 victories Sunday.


WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College's baseball team hosted an on-the-field version of a fish fry Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field.

The Warriors improved their overall record to 11-5 with a doubleheader sweep of the error-prone Shoreline Dolphins, 5-1 and 12-3, in their final tune-up prior to this week's opening of NWAACC Eastern Region play.

In all, the Dolphins committed 10 errors in the twinn bill.

Tony Salas got WWCC on the board in the third inning of game one with an RBI double.

Walla Walla used two hits and three Shorline errors to plate a trio of runs in the fourth inning that increased their lead to 4-0. Ryan Rambur drove in the first run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to left, and the latter tallies crossed the plate on Dolphin snafus.

Shoreline scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning.

The Warriors picked up their final run of the contest on a Garrett Puckett double to center in the eighth.

Starting pitcher Kasey Knigge and reliever Nick Brockman scattered 11 hits over nine innings. Knigge worked into the seventh inning to notch the victory and Brockman registered the save.

"We made some (defensive) plays to get them out of trouble," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. "Nick was outstanding to close it out. He was really good."

WWCC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap. Ryan James and Conner Holbrook recorded RBIs with a single and infield out, respectively.

Jarrod Turner spanked an RBI single to left in the third inning to raise Walla Walla's lead to 3-0 and Knigge added a two-run double to center to make it 5-0 after three.

Shane Dixon highlighted a three-run Warrior rally in the fourth inning with a run-scoring single to center that brought the one-sided tally to 8-0.

WWCC padded its lead in the sixth inning. An RBI infield single by Brett Christina, a wild pitch, and a Knigge sacrifice fly resulted in an 11-0 score.

Knigge produced his fourth RBI and Walla Walla's 12th run of the contest with an eighth-inning single.

Hurlers Drew Christina and Kalani Omoto combined to shut the Dolphins out through eight innings. Christina tossed the first six frames.

Dixon and Knigge had three hits apiece for the Warriors, who collected 11 hits in the second game and 20 for the day.

"We didn't exactly tear the cover off the ball," Meliah said. "But we put pressure on their defense and extended the lead."

WWCC plays at Spokane on Wednesday.

First game

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Davies, Ansdell (8) and Delmar. Knigge, Brockman (7) and Turner.

HR - none

Hits - Shoreline: Padilla 2, Rochon 2, Sweeney 2, Bishop, Francois, Cottingham, Metcalf, Ulskey; WWCC: Turner 2, Kilpatrick 2, Dixon 2, Schuck, Salas, Puckett.

Second game

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Vernon, Bush (3), Bishop (6), Berchet-Hall (8) and Delmar, Sparkull (5). D. Christina, Omoto (7), Mecham (9) and Holbrook.

HR - none.

Hits - Shoreline: Rochon 2, Cavanaugh, Frasier, Francois; WWCC: Dixon 3, Knigge 3, James, Poznanski, Salas, Turner, B. Christina.


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