PASCO — A pair of sour innings left Walla Walla Community College tasting defeat in an NWAACC baseball doubleheader against Columbia Basin College Saturday. CBC swept the Warriors, 14-12 and 9-3.
It was the first time the Warriors (14-4 overall, 5-3 East Region) have been swept this season and the losses dropped them into a tie with CBC for second place in the East.
CBC jumped on the Warriors early in the first game, scoring nine runs on seven hits, two errors, a walk and a hit batsman. Walla Walla had rallies of its own, with a five-run second inning and a four-run sixth, but the Warriors couldn’t overcome the early hole.
In the nightcap, Walla Walla actually held a 2-1 lead after Jarod Gonzales and JJ Robinson each hit solo blasts in the top of the fifth inning, but the Warriors had another disastrous frame in the bottom of the fifth, giving up eight runs on seven hits — including two home runs, one a grand slam — an error and two walks.
“It was a rough day,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “I was proud of the guys for bouncing back from being down so big early in the first game and giving ourselves a chance to win, but ultimately we just flat out didn’t play well enough to win either game.
“We had two bad innings of baseball and that was enough for two losses.”
The Warriors next host Treasure Valley for a doubleheader Wednesday at 1 p.m.