YAKIMA - Walla Walla Community College is within one win of qualifying for next weekend's NWAACC baseball championships after winning two of three games during the opening two sessions of the four-team Eastern Region playoffs here Friday and Saturday at Parker Field.
The Warriors dropped an 11-1 decision to Yakima Valley on Saturday after beating Columbia Basin, 7-5, and YVC, 5-1, on Friday.
WWCC and Yakima play here at noon today for the right to advance to the NWAACC Tournament. The loser's season will come to an end.
Walla Walla fell behind 11-0 after four innings of play on Saturday. Neal Schuck and Kasey Knigge had two hits apiece for the Warriors.
In its win over YVC on Friday, WWCC got a solid effort from left-hander Drew Christina. He lasted eight-and-two-thirds innings, allowed eight hits and five walks, and struck out seven.
Schuck, Jarrod Turner, Shane Dixon, and Ryan James backed Christina's pitching with two hits each.
Walla Walla opened play on Friday with a win over CBC that resulted from a three-run, ninth-inning rally. Turner had two hits in the game and reliever Connor Lawhead threw one-and-a-third innings of one-hit ball to notch the win.
"We had a million opportunities, but couldn't capitalize," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said of Saturday's loss. "We had the bases loaded in the first with one out, had a runner at second with no outs in the second, and the bases loaded with no outs in the third."
The stories written on Friday were much different.
"Drew threw outstanding and we played tremendous defense behind him," Meliah said of the win over YVC. "Once we got down in the eighth inning (5-4 against CBC), we didn't give up. We showed a lot of character. The guys aren't ready to go home."
YVC 11, WWCC 1
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YVC 232 400 X - 11 16 0
Dixon, Campeau (2), Brockman (4), Gillespie (6) and Turner; Askvig, Valley (1), Darling (3), Eck (6) and Chavarria.
HR - none.
Hits - WWCC: Schuck 2, Knigge 2, Jordan, Salas, Kilpatrick; YVC: Thompson 3, Chavarria 3, Martinez 2, Wardian 2, Fife 2, VonDracek 2, Weigel, Mall.
WWCC 5, YVC 1
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D. Christina, Lawhead (9) and Turner; Miller, Vetsch (3), Darling (5), Eck (6), Valley (8), Schmit (9), Askvig (9) and Chavarria.
HR - none.
Hits - WWCC: Schuck 2, Turner 2, Dixon 2, James 2, Knigge, Jordan, Salas, Kilpatrick; YVC: Thompson 2, Fife 2, Martinez, Padron, Chavarria, Wardian.
WWCC 7, CBC 5
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Arlt, Lawhead (8) and Turner; Reyes, Fuller (4), Jansen (9) and McAlpin.
HR - none.
Hits - WWCC: Turner 2, Knigge, Jordan, Dixon, James; CBC: Azevedo 2, Say 2, Brunetti 2, Jansen, Rapacz, McAlpin.