Warriors smash battered Blue Mountain

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WALLA WALLA ­— Following an NWAACC Eastern Region baseball doubleheader at Warrior Field on a sunny, but blustery, Saturday afternoon, a pair of team trends remained intact.

Walla Walla Community College remained red hot.

Visiting Blue Mountain stayed ice cold.

Right-hander Jake Campeau threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout during a 3-0 WWCC victory in game one.

Walla Walla banged out 13 hits in the nightcap and completed the sweep with an eight-inning, 12-2 triumph.

The Warriors, who have now won 12 of their last 14 games and swept six of their last seven league twin bills, improved to 17-7 in the East and 25-15 overall with Saturday’s wins. WWCC is still tied for second place in the league standings with Yakima Valley, which posted a sweep at Columbia Basin on Saturday.

Both teams are two games behind East-leading Treasure Valley. The Chuckars invade Warrior Field for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Blue Mountain, ravaged all season long by injuries, slipped to 1-23 in league, 3-37 overall, and have dropped 11 straight games.

“It was just a matter of (sweeping a league opponent) once and saying, ‘This is what it takes,’” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said.

Walla Walla did all of its opening-game offensive damage in the second inning. Seth Wolfe, who had two hits in each game, drove a two-run double into the right-center field gap to get the Warriors on the board and Trevor Jones bounced a run-scoring single to center.

That was more than enough for Campeau, who fanned nine during the contest that ended just one hour and 53 minutes after the first pitch.

“Jake was in complete control,” Meliah said. “It was one of those games where you felt if we got a run, he’d be fine. He consistently threw both of his pitches (fastball and slider) for strikes.

WWCC spotted the Timberwolves a first-inning run in game two before tallying three times in the bottom of the frame. Tony Salas tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Jesse Houser delivered an RBI single to right during the rally.

Wolfe made it 4-1 in the second with a sacrifice fly.

Walla Walla scored twice more in the fourth inning. Gonzales brought home the first run with a triple to right.

Jones, in the fifth, and Cody Poznanski, in inning six, stroked run-producing singles to bring in Warrior runs seven and eight, respectively.

WWCC picked up three more runs in the seventh, two on a pinch-hit single by Moe Handcox, and its final run in the eighth on a Ryan Neal single.

Starter Brandon Costello and reliever Michael Schmidt combined on an eight-inning, five-hitter.

“Brandon struggled a little bit, but he was good enough to limit them offensively,” Meliah said. “Mike is not going to strike guys out, but he’ll make the other team swing the bat.

“You couldn’t have asked for a worse day for a hitter,” Meliah said when talking about the 30-plus mile per hour winds blowing in from center field. “In the second game, we dealt with it a little better. We dealt with the adversity fairly well.”

First Game

BMCC 000 000 000 — 0 4 0

WWCC 030 000 00X — 3 7 1

Rothing, Loy (8) and Texidor; Campeau and Holbrook.

HR — none.

Hits — BMCC: Texidor 2, Gilbreaith, Rodriguez; WWCC: Salas 2, Wolfe 2, Houser, Jones, Gonzales.

Second Game

BMCC 100 010 00 — 2 5 3

WWCC 310 211 31 — 12 13 0

Godina, Loy (7) and Garcia; Costello, Schmidt (7) and Turner, Browne (8).

HR — none.

Hits — BMCC: Texidor, Roberts, Garcia, Davis, Rodriguez; WWCC: Wolfe 2, Houser 2, Salas 2, Toon, Gonzales, Jones, Poznanski, Handcox, B. Christina, Neal.

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