Warriors split despite offensive outpouring

Making a twisting dive for a hard grounder down the stripe, WWCC 3rd baseman Tony Salas makes the stop on his stomach and recovers to fire the ball to 1st (see  ALMOST)---nearly getting the second inning out against Skagit Valley Saturday morning.

Making a twisting dive for a hard grounder down the stripe, WWCC 3rd baseman Tony Salas makes the stop on his stomach and recovers to fire the ball to 1st (see ALMOST)---nearly getting the second inning out against Skagit Valley Saturday morning. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College rapped out 32 hits here in a NWAACC non-conference baseball doubleheader. But the 32 hits only earned the Warriors a split of the double dip with Skagit Valley Community College.

The Warriors scored in each of the first five innings in the opener.

Down one, Seth Wolfe, Corey Morris, and Jarod Gonzales got consecutive Warrior hits as WWCC answered with two in the first to take a 2-1 lead that it would not relinquish.

Jarod Turner and Shane Dixon singled in the Warrior second to spark a two-run rally and expand the WWCC lead to 4-1 after two. The Warriors just added on and Skagit Valley could not keep up.

Wolfe and Turner paced the Warrior 15-hit attack with three hits each. Steven Leverett led Skagit with four hits.

The Warriors scored eight times on seven hits in the home first of the second game: three singles, doubles from Turner and Morris, and a triple from Cody Poznanski to take an 8-0 lead.

Skagit pecked away and, down 8-4 heading to the visitor seventh, Skagit exploded.

A Warrior error opened the flood gates and Skagit sent 10 batters to the plate and collected five hits with Shane Servoss’ triple being the highlight of the uprising. Skagit took an 11-8 lead to the home seventh.

The Warriors never recovered.

Yuta Kikuchi blasted a two-run homer in the Skagit eighth and Gonzales answered with a two-run bomb for the Warriors in the home eighth, but it was too-little, too-late as Skagit earned a split with a 15-10 decision.

“We had a good opportunity to get two wins today,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “We didn’t take advantage of it. Our pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone in the second game and, give Skagit Valley a lot of credit, they never quit when they got behind big.”

The Warrior split wasn’t for a lack of offense.

“I was very pleased with our offensive effort the whole day,” Meliah added.

WWCC, 6-4, host Prairie Academy today at 11 a.m. with a chance to avenge a doubleheader loss to Prairie back on March 3.

“We have a huge test in Prairie on Sunday,” Meliah said. “I hope our guys are ready for the challenge.”

First Game

Skagit 102 010 002 — 6 13 2

WWCC 221 120 02x — 10 15 2

Sato, Nornes (5) and Locke; Houser, Schmidt (6), Brockman (9), Plew (9) and Turner.

HR — none.

Hits — Skagit: Leverett 4, Servos 1, Jensen 2, Meyer 1, Locke 2, Fitzgerald 1, Humphrey 2; WWCC: Wolfe 3, Morris 2, Gonzales 1, Poznanski 1, Neal 1, Turner 3, Jones 1, Handcox 1, Dixon 2.

Second Game

Skagit 010 300 722 — 15 14 2

WWCC 800 000 020 — 10 17 2

Rothermel, Lind (4), Thorvilson (9) and Leverett, Locke (7); Bettinson, Douglas (4), Costello (6), Plew (7), Dixon (8), Klute (9) and Holbrook.

HR — Skagit: Kikuchi; WWCC: Gonzales.

Hits — Skagit: Servos 2, Akitoshi 1, Meyer 2, Kikuchi 4, Locke 1, Fitzgerald 1, Humphrey 1, Stout 2; WWCC: Morris 2, Gonzales 3, Neal 4, Poznanski 1, Turner 1, Salas 2, Holbrook 2, Rambur 1, Jones 1.

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