Columbia Basins 5-4 win over Tacoma on Saturday afternoon had to have Tri-City baseball fans smiling as a familiar trio powered the Hawks offense.
Brandon Pocasangre, Dalton Johnson and Chad Bettinson combined for 10 of CBCs 13 hits, Pocasangre delivering a key two-run single in the sixth inning, as the Hawks forged a split in their NWAACC doubleheader in Pasco.
CBC (3-3) dropped the first game 7-4 as the Titans (2-2) rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth. It was the third split in as many doubleheaders for the Hawks to open the season.
I was proud of the way our guys battled at the plate all day and the way they worked to get a split after losing a tough first game, said CBC coach Chris Staton.
Pocasangre (Kennewick) went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, getting the big hit in CBCs three-run sixth inning to take a four-run lead.
Johnson (Richland) was 4-for-5 and scored twice, while Bettinson (Southridge) was 3-for-4 and scored once.
Pocasangre had a huge game for us. He got it done when we needed it, said Staton, adding that starting pitcher Thomas Bevington put up five strong innings of two-hit ball.
The Hawks were headed for a win in the opener as well before the Titans found their long game in the ninth. Garrett DeGallier and Joe Geaney each hit two-run homers in the frame that was aided by a pair of walks.
In the end, we just had too many walks, and their hitters did a great job of getting big hits when they needed it, Staton said.
CBC broke a 2-all tie in the seventh, with a walk and a botched sacrifice bunt putting two on with no out. Axel Johnson then doubled ina run and Jordan Webbs ground out to short scored a second for a 4-2 edge.
Brandon Call started for the Hawks and threw 41⁄3 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs and three walks while striking out two.
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Mitch McQueen, Quinn Eldridge (7) (W,1-0), Brandon Choate (9) (S,1) and Chad Michaud; Brandon Call, Nathan Clark (5), Nate Sorensen (L,0-1) and Braden Wolgamott. HighlightsGarrett DeGallier (TCC) HR, 2 RBI; Joe Geaney (TCC) HR, 2 RBI; Evan Peterson (TCC) 2B, SB; Chad Michaud (TCC) 2x3; Zach Rapacz (CBC) 2B, 2R; Seth Lochridge (CBC) 2x3, 2B, RBI, 2R; Axel Johnson (CBC) 2B, RBI; Ryan Atkinson (CBC) 2x5.
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Patrick Bernard (L,0-1), Ryota Kowai (6) and Jake Ross; Thomas Bevington (W,1-1), Steven Danek (6), Ethan Cantu (8) (S,1) and Joe Roletto. HighlightsRoss (TCC) 2B; Dalton Johnson (CBC) 4x5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, SB; Brandon Pocasangre (CBC) 3x5, 3 RBI; Chad Bettinson (CBC) 3x4.
Walla Walla 1-19, Olympic 0-3: Jesse Houser and Stetson Plew combined on a three-hit shutout in the opener, and Tony Salas homered and drove in six runs in the blowout finale of the Warriors pre-region sweep at home.
Houser, who led Kamiakin to the state championship last spring, threw seven innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking four before Plew (Kennewick) closed it out.
Salas unloaded the bases with a double in the fourth inning and smacked a two-run blast in the sixth. Walla Walla scored 14 runs in their final three turns at the plate.
Cody Poznanski (Richland) drove in three runs, including a clutch two-out, two-run single in the second for a 2-1 lead for the Warriors.
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Ryan Taylor (L,1-1), Taylor Parks (8) and Dustin Dhanani; Jesse Houser (W,2-0), Stetson Plew (8) and Jarrod Turner. HighlightsChris Weik (OCC) 2B; Jace Feldmeier (OCC) 2B; Houser (WW) 7IP-2H-0R-4BB-5K; Plew (WW) 2IP-1H-2K; Corey Morris (WW) 2x4, 2B; Seth Wolfe (WW) 2x2.
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Robbie Campos (L,0-1), Austin Cook (4), Takashi Yamada (4), Shota Kano (6), Joe Valley (7), Jacob Thompson (8) and Mac Lockett, Drew Madsen; Nick Bettinson (W,1-1), Bear Braich (6), Brandon Costello (8) and Conner Holbrook. HighlightsBrady Page (OCC) 2B; Feldmeier (2B); Cody Poznanski (WW) 3 RBI, 2R, 3 BB; Morris (WW) 3B, 2R, RBI; Tony Salas (WW) 2x3, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 3R; Jarod Gonzales (WW) 2x3, 3R; Ryan Neal (WW) 2x3, HR, 2 RBI, 2R; Ryan Rambur (WW) 2x5, 4R; Holbrook (WW) 2x4, 2B.