Walla Walla Community College

Warriors sweep Spokane

SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College’s baseball team raised its Northwest Athletic Conference Eastern Region record to 13-7 here Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Spokane.

The Warriors took the opener, 6-3, as pitchers Clayten Ayres and Talon Derrick combined on a five-hitter.

Johnny McNerney and Caleb Custer limited the Sasquatch to seven hits in the nightcap as WWCC powered its way to a 6-1 triumph and a sweep of the twin bill.

“Both Clayten and Johnny were outstanding,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “Clayten was able to wiggle his way out of a couple of jams early on, then cruised for the most part until he got tired in the eighth. Johnny was on from the first inning on. He did a great job of throwing his off speed stuff for strikes.”

Chandler Whitney, Cody Price and Travis Haen had three hits apiece to lead a 14-hit Walla Walla attack in game one.

“The bottom of our order came through for us,” Meliah said. “Those three guys had some key at-bats — two-out hits to drive in runs — and also set the table for the top of the order.”

Michael Kilpatrick and Austin Kopacz both had two hits in the second game for the Warriors.

“We didn’t strike out one time (in game two),” Meliah said. “(It) shows the type of competitive at-bats that we had and the amount of pressure we were able to put on the defense paid off with them making some mistakes and us being able to extend innings.”

The Warriors, currently in a second-place tie in the East with Columbia Basin, host Wenatchee Valley Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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