WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College moved into a tie for third place in the NWAACC East Region baseball standings Wednesday with a sweep over East rival Spokane, 10-2 and 4-2.
With the wins, WWCC is now tied with Spokane at 9-5 in league and is one game behind second-place Yakima Valley (10-4).
Walla Walla visits Yakima for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.
The top four teams in the East Region play a playoff for the region’s two NWAACC playoff seeds.
The Warriors blasted 14 hits en route to 10 runs in the opener.
Walla Walla got up early after scoring five runs in the second inning. Trevor Jones had a two-RBI double and Jarod Gonzales a two-RBI single in the rally, along with another RBI from Cody Poznanski.
Spokane scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning on two base hits and a walk, but WWCC answered with four more runs in the bottom of the inning and the Sasquatch didn’t score again.
Pitcher Drew Christina scattered seven hits over seven innings while walking four and striking out two. Reliever Nick Brockman closed out the final two innings without allowing a baserunner and struck out one batter.
Centerfielder Jones went 4-for-4 in game one, with a double and three RBI to his credit.
A two-out single from Colin Peterson gave Spokane a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the nightcap, but Walla Walla responded as Salas doubled to lead off the home second and was batted in by Conner Holbrook to even the score at 1.
A sac-fly in the fifth gave Spokane a 2-1 edge, but Walla Walla again tied the game with a run in the fifth on a Seth Wolfe walk and a Gonzales base knock.
Walla Walla scored the winning runs in the seventh on two base hits and three walks.
“I was really proud of how the guys clutched up with two-outs in both games to drive in some big runs,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said.
Warrior starter Jesse Houser struckout seven and issued two walks while allowing six hits in the win. Jake Campeau recorded a save, striking out three and walking none to close out the win.
“We put together all three phases of the game today,” Meliah said. “Our defense again was really good. We made some big plays when we needed them.”
Spokane 000 200 000 — 2 7 3
WWCC 050 401 00X — 10 14 0
Loomis, Sweat (5) and Allen. Christina, Brockman (8) and Holbrook.
Hits — Spo: Anderson 2, LaHonta, Peterson, Nyquist 2, Leon; WWCC: Poznanski 3, Gonzales 2, Neal, Salas 2, Houser, Jones 4, Holbrook, Holbrook.
Spokane 100 100 000 — 2 6 2
WWCC 010 010 20X — 4 11 0
McGlocklin, Johnson (7), Phelps (7) and Henry. Houser, Campeau (8) and Holbrook.
Hits — Spo: Anderson, LaHonta, Peterson, Gonzales, Naccarato, Leon; WWCC: Poznanski, Toon, Gonzales 2, Neal 2, Salas 3, Jones, Holbrook.