Walla Walla Community College

Warriors drop East Region openers

Consistency has been a trait that has eluded the Walla Walla Community College baseball team far too often in the early stages of the 2019 season, according to first-year head coach Justin Speer.


The latest episode unfolded Wednesday at Warrior Field, where WWCC opened Northwest Athletic Conference Eastern Region play with a pair of losses to Spokane, 9-3 and 4-2.


Walla Walla slipped to 2-14 on the season while Spokane improved to 11-7.


Spokane’s Nick Merkel tossed eight solid innings in game one. He allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out 11.


The Warriors sliced a 4-0 deficit in half during the bottom of the eighth inning on two-out, RBI singles by Lane Hailey and Danny Robinson.


WWCC’s final run scored in the ninth when Carson Green hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.


Walla Walla tallied single runs in the third and sixth innings of game two. Robinson poked an RBI double in the third and Green brought home the latter run with a single.


“We need to find a way offensively to pick our pitchers up,” Speer said. “We’re not playing a full nine (innings) right now, but it’s not that we’re not trying.”


The Warriors play Saturday at Big Bend starting at 1 pm.


Article by Roy Elia of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

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