Dimick Wood, Austin Haughton, Julian Washburn and Sebastian Elu combined to pitch a two-hitter for Walla Walla Community College as the Warriors salvaged a split of their non-league baseball doubleheader with a 7-2 victory over Treasure Valley on Sunday.
WWCC (5-3 record) had lost the first game, 9-5, to Shoreline.
“We did a nice job of bouncing back after the first game,” Warriors coach Dave Meliah said. “Our pitchers threw a ton of strikes, and we played good defense behind it. We also did a good job of situational hitting to keep adding runs.”
The Warriors remain home when they return to action, hosting Linn-Benton for a non-league doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Wood started on the hill against Treasure Valley and pitched three innings, surrendering a run-scoring single in the first before the Warrior lineup went ahead for good with two runs in their half of the frame. Brian O’Rourke tripled home Sean Coffey, and then scored on a Kealen Martin groundout.
Justin Macdonald later doubled home Coffey and O’Rourke to make a 4-1 game in the bottom of the third inning, before Haughton took over WWCC pitching duties.
Haughton worked the next three innings and gave up the only other Treasure Valley hit, a single to Connor Benear as the Chukars scratched out another run.
Benear was the last Treasure Valley hitter to get on base, as Haughton, Washburn and Elu set down the last 14 in a row.
Coffey finished the day 3-for-7 with a triple, a double and a walk, a run batted in and three scored.
O’Rourke went 3-for-8 with two RBIs, a double, a triple, a walk and two runs scored.
Danny Robinson collected both of his hits, a home run and a double, in the first game as the Warriors had to try and climb out of a 6-0 hole after only three innings.
WWCC still trailed, 9-3, in the ninth inning when Robinson homered with Devon Roe aboard and one out. But Shoreline held on for the win.
“We had lots of opportunities to score against Shoreline late in the game but left a bunch of guys on. I liked how our guys kept fighting after being down big early and brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning.”
Lopez, Justice (8), Stottlemeyer (9) and Waite. Evenhus, Peterson (2), Childs (7), Oldham (9) and Wood, Musick (7).
HR — Walla Walla: Robinson.
Hits — Shoreline: Martin 4, Justice 3, Vega 3, Waite 2, Dooley 2, Holm, Milyard, Zurbrugg. Walla Wala: Coffey 2, O’Rourke 2, Robinson 2, Larson, Roe, Macdonald, Lafontaine, Martin.
Harris, Burrup (8) and Hladky. Wood, Haughton (4), Washburn (7), Elu (9) and Musick, Lester (6).
Hits — Treasure Valley: Benear, Murphy. Walla Walla: Coffey, O’Rourke, Roe, Macdonald, Musick.