Yaks win rubber match with Warriors

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YAKIMA - Walla Walla Community College's baseball team had the tying run at the plate trailing Yakima 4-1 at the NWAACC East Region Tournament here Sunday.

The Warriors weren't able to score the needed three runs, and had their season come to an end.

"We played hard but just couldn't get the big hits with runners in scoring position today," WWCC coach Dave Meliah said.

Walla Walla opened tournament play with a 7-5 win over Columbia Basin and 5-1 over Yakima on Friday, but lost to the Yaks Saturday, 11-1, to set up the rubber match with Yakima for the right to continue to the NWAACC Championships next weekend.

Yakima opened scoring with two quick runs in the first inning, and took a 4-0 lead with two more in the fourth.

The Warriors got an RBI single from Cody Poznanski in the ninth inning that scored Shane Dixon, but they couldn't maintain the rally.

Walla Walla ends the season with a 29-19 final record.

"I am so proud of this group for all of their commitment and effort this season," Meliah said. "We battled until the very end.

"This was a great group to be around," he said. "We overcame a lot of adversity this year. Our sophomores won 59 games in two years. They helped put the program back on the map."

Yakima 4, WWCC 1

WWCC 000 000 001 - 1 10 1

Yakima 200 200 00x - 4 10 1

Lawhead, Knigge (8) and Turner. Miller, Vetsch (8) and Chavarrin.

HR - none.

Hits - WWCC: Poznanski 2, Schuck 3, Jordan, Turner, Dixon, Kilpatrick 2. Yak: Weigel 3, Thompson, Martinez, Wardian, Fife 2, Chavarrin, Von Dracek.

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