Taylor Brooks capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally with a sacrifice fly as Walla Walla Community College captured a 4-3 victory over Tacoma in the opening game of a Northwest Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at soggy and sloppy Warrior Field.
The Titans led 2-1 when the second contest was halted due to rain after seven innings.
WWCC is now 4-2 on the season.
Walla Walla managed just two hits off Tacoma starting pitcher Garrett Westberg through seven innings of the opener before scoring twice in the eighth. Reid Magnaghi and Colton Peha delivered the tallies with RBI singles.
Warrior catcher Futa Ikuma tied the game in the ninth with a single prior to Brooks’ sac fly to center field.
WWCC relief pitchers Jarrod Molnaa, Trevor Bennett, and Blake McKinney combined to allow just one unearned run on three hits over the final six innings. McKinney notched the win by tossing a scoreless ninth.
The Warriors scored their only run of game two in the first inning when Brandon Wagstaff was issued a bases-loaded walk.
“It was a good comeback at the end of game one,” WWCC coach Dave Meliah said. “We had some gritty, tough at-bats that allowed us to get guys on base and eventually score some runs.
“We have to do a much better job of throwing strikes consistently and swinging the bats aggressively,” Meliah said. “We have a chance to go out (today) and improve in those areas.”
Photo by Greg Lehman of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin