By ROY ELIA
of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
WALLA WALLA — Jesse Houser and Stetson Plew combined on a three-hitter Saturday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College posted a 1-0 victory over Olympic in the first game of an NWAACC baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field.
WWCC banged out 13 hits in the nightcap and coasted to a 19-3 triumph.
Saturday’s results left both teams with 4-2 overall records.
Houser began Saturday’s opener with a pair of walks. But he managed to wiggle off the hook and keep the Rangers off the scoreboard. Houser lasted seven full innings and the victory improved his mark to 2-0.
Kevin Toon delivered the only run of the contest with a two-out single to left field in the second inning.
Walla Walla had other opportunities to score in the game, but were unable to do so. They loaded the bases with no one out in the third inning, had runners at second and third with one out in the sixth, and put a runner at every base with one out in the seventh.
“It was one of those games,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “We got plenty of guys on, but we weren’t producing.”
In the Olympic ninth, Plew retired the first two hitters before yielding a double to Chris Weik — who eventually moved to third on a balk.
Plew, however, was able to regain his composure and fan Tanner Maras for the game’s final out.
The Warriors spotted Olympic a 1-0 lead in the nightcap before scoring a pair of second-inning runs on a two-out single to left by Cody Poznanski.
Tony Salas increased the WWCC advantage to 5-1 in the fourth on a three-run double to center.
The Rangers got a run back in the top of the sixth before WWCC tallied four times in its half of the sixth. Salas highlighted the frame with a two-run home run to right that made it 7-2.
Walla Walla added three more runs in the seventh inning. Ryan Neal drilled a two-run home to right and Pete Bakker swatted a run-producing single.
The Warriors put up seven more runs in the seventh. The first crossed the plate on a Josh Eggers single.
“It was a matter of staying patient, not pressing, and not trying to do too much,” Meliah said.
Left-hander Nick Bettinson evened his record at 1-1 with five innings of one-run ball.
“The biggest difference between (Saturday) and last Sunday (during a doubleheader loss to Prairie Baseball Academy) was that when our guys walked people, the defense would make a play behind them (afterward),” Meliah said. “We made plays that helped keep runs to a minimum.”
The Warriors host defending NWAACC champion Pierce today at 11 a.m.
“That’s who you want to play in the (pre-league portion of the season),” Meliah said. “It will give us a chance to compete and see where we’re at.”
Olympic 000 000 000 — 0 3 2
WWCC 010 000 00X — 1 7 0
Taylor, Parks (8) and Dhanani; Houser, Plew (8) and Turner.
HR — none.
Hits — Olympic: Sablan, Feldmeier, Weik; WWCC: Morris 2, Toon, Jones, Gonzales, Wolfe, B. Christina.
Olympic 100 001 100 — 3 9 3
WWCC 020 304 37X — 19 13 0
Campos, Cook (4), Yamada (4), Kano (6), Valley (7), Thompson (8) and Lockett, Madsen (8); Bettinson, Braich (6), Costello (8) and Holbrook, Browne (8).
HR — WWCC Salas, Neal.
Hits — Olympic: Yoshinaga 2, Feldmeier 2, Weik, Maras, Sablan, DeVaughn, Page; WWCC: Gonzales 2, Rambur 2, Salas 2, Neal 2, Poznanski, Holbrook, Morris, Bakker, Eggers.