Walla Walla Community College

Warriors open league play with sweep of Big Bend

It took 12 innings in the opener of Walla Walla Community College’s NWAC East baseball matchup with Big Bend on Thursday, but the Warriors pulled out a 6-5 victory on the Tausick Way field on Thursday.

The home team didn’t have nearly as much trouble dispatching the visitors in an 8-2 win in the nightcap.

“It was great to see the guys battle and find a way to come back late in the first game,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “You’ve got to always believe that something amazing can happen.”

The teams were scoreless in the opener until the Vikings scored in the top of the sixth.

The Warriors (10-6 overall, 2-0 in the division) answered with two in their half of the sixth, but Big Bend plated four runs in the eighth to hold a 5-2 lead.

WWCC then scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to force extra innings.

The Warriors’ Carson Woolery, who relieved Jarrod Molnaa after the seventh inning, held the Vikings scoreless into the 12th.

That’s when Futa Ikuma singled, stole second and went to third on an error.

Colton Peha then singled to score Ikuma for the victory.

In the nightcap, WWCC scored lone runs in the first and second, added two more in the third for a 4-2 lead, and sealed the victory with four in the sixth.

“We probably played our most complete game in game two and, overall, probably had our most complete day of the season, where we pitched pretty well, swung the bats pretty well, and played pretty solid defense,” Meliah said.

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