ONTARIO — Walla Walla Community College suffered two one-run defeats here Friday in the first day of the NWAACC East Region baseball playoffs. The two losses eliminated the Warriors.
WWCC scored nine runs in the first three innings and led 9-5 after three in their opener against Yakima Valley.
The Warriors only scored one the rest of the way and the Yaks, thanks to three Warrior ninth-inning errors, scored two in the ninth to get even at 10-10.
The Yaks got a single from Reid Martinez and an RBI double from Drayson Ito to score in the tenth and the Warriors couldn’t answer as the Yaks advanced with a 11-10 win.
Trevor Jones, Jarod Gonzales, Tony Salas, Jesse Houser, and Cody Poznanski each had two hits as the Warriors pounded out 13 hits, but could not overcome eight errors on the day.
“Our defense has been solid all season,” Warrior coach Dave Meliah said. “We had a rough time against Yakima in the field. With that being said, we still could have won the game despite the errors. That says a lot about the character of these guys.”
The Warriors dropped into a loser out battle and faced Wenatchee Valley and wound up in a pitching dual. The Knights’s Mitch Yada and the Warriors’ Houser matched zeroes through five innings.
A two-run double off the bat of Jo Itokazu produced a 2-0 Wenatchee lead in the top of the sixth. The Warriors answered as Tony Salas singled in a run in the home sixth. Yada wiggled off the hook and the Warriors left runners at first and second.
Yada blanked the Warriors the rest of the way to finish with a complete game, five strike out, six hit performance. Houser went eight, gave up only four hits, and struck out eight in taking the hard-luck loss.
“Jesse had an outstanding performance,” Meliah said. “We ran into a guy (Yada) that threw as well as Jesse did, and Wenatchee got one more lucky bounce than we did.”
The Warriors finish the season at 27-19.
“We are disappointed with the results from the tournament, but we are very proud of our guys,” Meliah concluded. “Finishing second in the toughest region in the NWAACC is nothing for these guys to be ashamed of. They represented the community of Walla Walla and the college extremely well the whole year.”
YVCC 11, WWCC 10
YVCC 221 001 202 1 — 11 14 0
WWCC 243 000 100 0 — 10 13 8
Nelson, Tassara (3), Snider (4), Vetsch (7), Lau (8) and Ramos; Christina, Brockman (7), Schmidt (7), Campeau (8) and Holbrook.
Hits — YVCC: Redal 2, Thomson 3, Martinez 2, Wardian, Ito 2, Leone, Lau, Ramos 2; WWCC: Jones 2, Holbrook, Gonzales 2, Salas 2, Houser 2, Poznanski 2, Wolfe, Toon.
WVC 2, WWCC 1
WVC 000 002 000 — 2 4 2
WWCC 000 001 000 — 1 6 0
Yada and Brewer; Houser, Bettinson (9) and Holbrook.
Hits — WVC: Berneski, Fuller, Reister, Itokazu; WWCC: Jones, Holbrook 2, Neal, Salas, Poznanski.