After a pair of disheartening losses to Linn-Benton on Saturday, Walla Walla bounced back with a purpose Sunday and swept Grays Harbor 12-3 and 16-3 in a non-league community college baseball doubleheader at Warriors Field.
“It was good to put up some runs,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “We swung the bats all right and they helped us out by making some errors.”
Grays Harbor came into the doubleheader with a 1-13 record and was guilty of four defensive errors in the first game and had five miscues in the second.
The Warriors, who bumped their season record back above .500 to 8-6, made just one error in each game, and they pounded out 22 hits in the twin bill.
Brandon Wagstaff led the way offensively in the first game for Walla Walla, connecting for two singles and a triple and knocking in five runs.
Taylor Brooks added a pair of singles and scored twice, and Robby Heiberg chipped in with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Grays Harbor actually outhit WWCC in the opener. Ryan Gifford doubled, singled twice and drove in a run, and Bradley Kramer banged out a pair of doubles and drove home three runs.
The Warriors took charge of the seven-inning nightcap in quick order, plating six runs in the first inning and four in the second.
Brooks had another big game with three singles, four runs batted in and two runs scored. Larry Dewitt doubled and singled twice, scored four times and picked up a pair of RBIs.
Jacob Haas, Sean Coffey and Reid Magnaghi contributed two hits each in the blowout.
One of Coffey’s hits was a double, and he scored twice and drove in a run.
Haas added two runs and two RBIs, and Magnaghi added three runs batted in.
Heiberg and Ryan Kimball shared the pitching duties.
Heiberg allowed three runs on eight hits over the first five innings and Kimball’s two innings were perfect other than one walk issued.
“We learend quite a bit about ourselves during the preseason and the type of team that we are capable of being,” Meliah said. “Now it’s on to league play, and hopefully we’ll play up to our ability.”
The Warriors face their first Northwest Athletic Conference East Region foe Wednesday when Big Bend comes to town for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.