Walla Walla Community College

Warriors swept in Spokane

SPOKANE — Kealen Martin and Dimick Wood combined to hit three home runs for WWCC’s baseball team in the second game of a doubleheader, but Spokane came back to hand the Warriors a 8-6 loss and complete a sweep in Northwest Athletic Conference East Region action here on Wednesday.

The first-place Sasquatch had rallied to take the first game, 9-6.

“These were two back-and-forth hard fought games,” Warriors coach Dave Meliah said. “We played hard, but just came up a little short.”

WWCC (13-11 overall, 4-6 in the East) came in tied for third place, three games back of Spokane, but slipped to fifth.

The Warriors will look to bounce back when they host seventh-place Wenatchee Valley for a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

WWCC appeared in strong position to close in on the regional leaders at Spokane, but lost leads late.

After the Sasquatch had jumped ahead in the first game with a five-run second inning, WWCC came back with a pair of runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to go up 6-5.

But Spokane tied things up in the bottom of the fifth inning, and then a Jermaine Ducham seventh inning double put the Sasquatch on top for good.

Looking to salvage a split with the nightcap, WWCC took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Martin had hit his first homer, a solo shot, in the fifth.

The second game would become something of a home run derby.

WWCC took a four-run lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but came away facing a 5-4 deficit after Christian Padilla’s  two-out grand slam for Spokane.

Martin then led off the seventh inning with his second homer, and Wood soon ripped a bases-empty shot to put WWCC back on top at 6-5. But Spokane’s Mitch Dean tied it back up with a solo blast in the home half of the seventh.

Justin Lutz then put Spokane on top for good with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

First game

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Haughton, Peterson (5), Ogata (7) and Lester. Guiberson, Frey (5), Grytdal (8) and Olson.

HR — none.

Hits — WWCC: Coffey 2, Larson 2, Smith, Robinson, Lafontaine. Spo: Brenneman 3, Fritts 2, Ducham 2, Olson 2, Padilla, Lutz, Dean.

Second game

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Hirai, Oldham (6), Baldwin (7), O’Rourke (8) and Wood. Wagner, Dietrich (5) and Harrington (8) and Olson.

HR — WWCC: Martin 2, Wood. Spokane: Padilla, Lutz, Dean.

Hits — WWCC: Martin 3, Wood 2, Lafontaine 2, Coffey, O’Rourke, Macdonald, Robinson. Spo: Padilla 4, Fritts 2, Dean 2, Olson 2, Vandervert, Lutz, Brenneman.

Union Bulletin

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