WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College managed just four hits in the second game of its baseball doubleheader with Prairie Baseball Academy Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field, but took advantage of six Prairie Dawgs’ errors to post a 10-8 victory.
PBA rallied for three runs in the ninth inning of game one and pulled out an 8-6 triumph.
The Prairie Dawgs, who came to town two weeks ago and swept a twin bill from the Warriors, are now 12-6 on the season. WWCC is 7-5.
Prairie took a 4-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings of the opener against a mistake-prone Walla Walla nine that committed four errors in the first three frames.
“It was intimidation,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “We told our guys, ‘Don’t let them bully you around. You’ve got to hit them back.’”
The Warriors tallied their first run in the bottom of the third on a Corey Morris single to right field.
WWCC took advantage of a passed ball in the fourth inning and a sixth-inning error to close to within one, 4-3.
After giving up a run in the top of the seventh, Walla Walla tied the score in the home half of the inning on a pair of balls hit to center. Seth Wolfe delivered an RBI single and Ryan Neal lofted a sacrifice fly.
Trevor Jones put the Warriors in front, 6-5, with his third hit of the game — a run-scoring single to center in the last of the eighth inning.
But the Prairie Dawgs collected three runs and four hits against WWCC reliever Michael Schmidt in the ninth inning to take the lead for keeps.
“They’re a quality-hitting team,” Meliah said. “In the ninth, they were able to string four hits together.”
Left-handed pitcher Drew Christina threw six respectable innings in a starting role for Walla Walla. He struck out nine, walked two, and allowed just one earned run.
The Warriors scored twice in the first inning of the nightcap. Run number two crossed the plate on a Jarrod Turner sacrifice fly.
PBA tied the game in the second inning and added three more runs in the third before Turner brought home WWCC’s third run of the contest in the last half of the frame on an infield grounder.
Walla Walla seized the lead for good after scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Toon and Jarod Gonzales earned bases-loaded walks, Neal ripped a two-run double to right, and Cody Poznanski and Turner produced sacrifice flies.
“It doesn’t matter how you get on base,” Meliah said. “It’s another opportunity to score a run.”
The Warrior bullpen played a key role in the latter stages of the game with three shutout innings. Juan Munoz, Dillan Klute, Nick Brockman, Brandon Costello, and Stetson Plew combined to keep PBA’s offense in check.
“Our bullpen guys came in and got a batter out or two batters out,” Meliah said. “It (the doubleheader) was two good teams going at it. We could have won both (games) or we could have lost both. I was proud of our guys. They were not willing to give in.”
WWCC hosts a pair of perennial NWAACC powerhouses next weekend — Edmonds on Saturday and Lower Columbia on Sunday. Both doubleheaders start at 11 a.m.
PBA 121 000 103 — 8 8 3
WWCC 001 101 210 — 6 11 4
Major, Paulson (7), Harvie (7), Davis (9) and Steinke; D. Christina, Douglas (7), Schmidt (8) and Turner.
HR — PBA: Pidhaichuk.
Hits — PBA: Wolstenholm 2, Zarowny 2, Pidhaichuk 2, Doucette, Comeau; WWCC: Jones 3, Neal 2, Gonzales 2, Morris, Houser, Wolfe, Turner.
PBA 023 021 000 — 8 13 6
WWCC 201 601 00X — 10 4 3
McDonald, Pilgrim (5), Stadolke (7) and Steinke; Campeau, Munoz (7), Klute (8), Brockman (8), Costello (9), Plew (9) and Holbrook.
HR — PBA: Pidhaichuk.
Hits — PBA: Comeau 3, Wood 2, Pidhaichuk 2, Porter, Wolstenholm, Dornblut, Steinke, Wallace, Zarowny; WWCC: Toon, Poznanski, Holbrook, Neal.