If you dont make your first road trip until 18 games into the season, then a trip to Pendleton is a safe way to start.
Daniel Neville threw eight strong innings, and Joe Roletto and Kenton Brunson each hit two-run doubles early as Columbia Basin College cruised to an 11-3 win over Blue Mountain to complete an NWAACC East Region sweep of the host Timberwolves on Saturday.
The Hawks (11-9, 3-1 East) had to endure a bit of self-imposed drama in the opener, a 10-8 win in 10 innings. Nick Savas sacrifice fly and Travis Keys double drove in a pair of runs in the final frame after CBC gave away an early lead over Blue Mountain (0-4, 2-18).
Zach Rapacz hit a two-run double and Braden Wolgamott the first of his three doubles as the Hawks struck for three runs in their first turn and led 5-2 after three. But six CBC errors helped the Timberwolves chip away.
The Hawks had 23 hits on the day, 14 of them for extra bases. But then, the combined records of Blue Mountains two losing pitchers is 1-10.
Columbia Basin 311 000 021 2 10 15 6
Blue Mountain 200 003 300 0 8 8 1
Thomas Bevington, Nathan Clark (6), Steven Danek (W,1-0) (7) and Braden Wolgamott; Rothing, Loy (8), Pollack (L,1-5) (9) and Dallas. HighlightsRyan Atkinson (CBC) 4 BB, 3R; Nick Savas (CBC) 2x3, 2B, RBI; Dalton Johnson (CBC) 2x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Travis Key (CBC) 4x6, 2B, RBI; Zach Rapacz (CBC) 2B, 2 RBI, 2R; Wolgamott (CBC) 3x5, 3 2B, 2 RBI; Chad Bettinson (CBC) 2B; Lewis (BM) 2B.
Columbia Basin 025 030 100 11 8 2
Blue Mountain 000 002 010 3 7 2
Daniel Neville (W,2-1), Logan Staudt (9) and Joe Roletto, Tim Sousley; Rodriguez (L,0-5), Gettman (6), Loy (9) and Texidor. HighlightsNeville (CBC) 8IP-7H-2ER-2BB-2K; Daniel Besmer (CBC) 2B, RBI; Kenton Brunson (CBC) 2B, 2 RBI, 2R; Roletto (CBC) 2B, 2 RBI; Jordan Webb (CBC) 2x5, 2B; D. Johnson (CBC) 3B, 2 RBI; Savas (CBC) 2x5, RBI.
Walla Walla 6-9, Yakima Valley 1-14: Jake Campeau went the distance in the opener, leading the Warriors to a split at home.
Jarod Gonzales (Kennewick) hit a solo shot in the first inning and drove in another run in the third, and Corey Morris (Richland) was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Walla Walla (10-10, 2-2).
Gonzales doubled twice in the second game and Ryan Neal (Hanfrod) drove in a pair of runs for the Warriors.
Yakima Valley 100 000 000 1 9 2
Walla Walla 101 010 03x 6 13 1
Kyle Garvin (L,3-1), Dylan Charbonneau (8) and Mikey Ramos; Jake Campeau (3-1) and Conner Holbrook. HighlightsShawn Wardian (YVC) 2B; Seth Wolfe (WW) 2B; Corey Morris 2x5, 2B, RBI; Jarod Gonzales (WW) 2x4, HR, 2 RBI; Ryan Neal (WW) 2x4, RBI; Cody Poznanski (WW) 2x4, R; Kevin Toon (WW) 2x4, RBI.
Yakima Valley 105 130 103 14 19 1
Walla Walla 032 200 200 9 17 3
Lau, Jake Vetsch (W,1-0) (4), Tassara (7), Lemus (8) and Mamuad; Stetson Plew, Nick Bettinson (L,1-2) (3), Brockman (5), Schmidt (7) and Jarrod Turner. HighlightsMartinez (YVC) 4x4, 4 RBI; Snider (YVC) 2x6, 3 RBI; Ito (YVC) 4x6; Morris (WW) 2x5, RBI; Gonzales (WW) 2x5, 2 2B; Neal (WW) 3x4, 2 RBI; Tony Salas (WW) 2x5; Toon (WW) 3x5, RBI; Trevor Jones (WW) 2x4, 2R, RBI; Turner (WW) 2x4, RBI.
Treasure Valley 4-0 17-3
Yakima Valley 3-1 13-7
Spokane 2-1 11-8
Columbia Basin 3-1 11-9
Walla Walla 2-2 10-10
Wenatchee Valley 1-2 6-9
Big Bend 0-4 5-11
Blue Mountain 0-4 2-18
Treasure Valley 6-8, Big Bend 3-3
Columbia Basin 10-11, Blue Mountain 8-3 (10 inn. in first game)
Walla Walla 6-9, Yakima Valley 1-14
Spokane 9, Wenatchee Valley 8 (second game not reported)
Spokane at Blue Mountain, 1 p.m. (2)
Yakima Valley at Wenatchee Valley, 1 p.m. (2)
Walla Walla at Big Bend, 1 p.m. (2)
Treasure Valley at Columbia Basin, 1 p.m. (2)