Sunday, March 25, 2012
WALLA WALLA - During the first 15 innings of its NWAACC baseball doubleheader with Edmonds Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field, Walla Walla Community College put up enough donuts on the inning-by-inning scoreboard to open its own bakery.
WWCC managed just three hits against Tritons' starting pitcher Aaron Brooks in the opener, a 4-0 loss.
Edmonds starter Sky Adams had Walla Walla blanked through the first six innings of the nightcap.
But the Warriors managed a tally in the seventh inning off of Adams, then scored four runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth against Edmonds' bullpen to eke out a 6-5 triumph.
WWCC is now 9-5 on the season.
The Tritons broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning of the opener on an RBI single by Taylor Brennan.
Edmonds scored three more times in the eighth. Ethan Yeo stroked a two-run single and Marcus Madden blooped an RBI single to center.
That was more than enough for Brooks, who pitched in the West Coast League for the Wenatchee AppleSox last summer, according to WWCC coach Dave Meliah.
"He's a (NCAA) Division I pitcher," Meliah said. "We were intimidated, bottom line. We read his headlines too much. When you don't have confidence, you have zero chance."
Walla Walla's pitching was respectable through seven innings. Joe Arlt went the first three and Jake Campeau worked into the seventh before being relieved by Ryan James.
Walla Walla scored its first run of game two on a wild pitch.
Shane Dixon drove in the first run of inning eight with a single, Ryan Rambur lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, and Neil Schuck tied the game at 5-5 when he looped a 0-2 pitch into right for a two-run single.
Tony Salas led off the Warrior ninth with a triple to center and Dixon brought him home with an infield single that squirted out of the glove of Edmonds' third baseman Sean Sellers.
Dixon tossed four shutout innings in relief to earn the win.
"You've got to play to the last out," Meliah said. "We kept plugging away, had good at-bats, and put pressure on their defense.
"I'm proud of the guys for not giving up," Meliah said. "They showed a lot of character."
The Warriors host Shoreline today at 11 a.m.
Edmonds 000 001 030 - 4 10 0
WWCC 000 000 000 - 0 3 3
Brooks and Yeo. Arlt, Campeau (4), James (7) and Turner.
HR - none.
Hits - Edmonds: Yeo 2, Knapp 2, Parris 2, Brennan, Sellars, Sloan, Madden; WWCC: Poznanski, Turner, Rambur.
Edmonds 004 010 000 - 5 8 0
WWCC 000 000 141 - 6 12 3
Adams, Svanevk (8), Samuelson (8) and Beckman. Lawhead, Dixon (6) and Holbrook, Turner (9).
HR - none.
Hits - Edmonds: Brennan 2, Beckman 2, Baumgartner, Sloan, Yeo, Sellars; WWCC: Dixon 3, Poznanski 2, Schuck 2, Turner 2, Rambur, Kilpatrick, Salas.