Baseball: Atkinson homers twice in CBC sweep

April 24, 2013 

CBC 7-9, Spokane 1-2: Hawks’ shortstop Ryan Atkinson blasted a home run in both games of Columbia Basin College’s NWAACC doubleheader sweep Wednesday at Spokane. Atkinson hit a two-run home run to put the Hawks up 2-0 in the third inning of a 10-1 win and then cranked out a three-run shot in the sixth inning of Game 2. He finished with six RBIs on the day.

Braden Wolgamott also hit one out for Columbia Basin, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

“Our goal has been to get better throughout the year. We’ve been competitive,” CBC skipper Chris Staton said. “We’ve now won four in a row. That’s huge, because if we end up tied for third, then we own the tiebreaker.”

Pitching was also a key factor for the Hawks, who got strong starts from Chad Bettinson and Brandon Call, who each allowed just one run over seven innings before the bullpen went to work.

“(Call) was great. That was his best outing of the year,” Staton said. “He was throwing all three of his pitches for strikes and letting his defense do the work.”

CBC 002 010 130 — 7 10 1

Spokane 000 100 000 — 1 5 1

Chad Bettinson, Ethan Cantu (8), Steven Danek (9) and Braden Wolgamott; Loomis, Johnson (8) and Allen. Highlights—Ryan Atkinson (CBC) HR, 2 RBI; Wolgamott (CBC) 2x3, HR, 3 RBI, 2R; Seth Lochridge (CBC) 2B; Gonzalez (S) 2B; Bartleson (S) 2x3, 2B.

CBC 020 104 002 — 9 13 1

Spokane 000 001 001 — 2 9 3

Brandon Call, Nathan Clark (8) and Roletto; McGlocklin, Franklin (7) and Allen. Highlights—Atkinson (CBC) HR, 4 RBI; Travis Key (CBC) 2x3; Dalton Johnson (CBC) 2x4; Craig Jorgenson (CBC) 2x2; Driessen (S) 2x4.

Walla Walla 10-4, Wenatche Valley 0-1: Kamiakin graduate Jesse Houser threw eight strong innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out nine to help the host Warriors complete an NWAACC East sweep of the visiting Knights (13-17, 8-10).

Walla Walla High grad Conner Holbrook was a combined 5-for-7 with a triple and an RBI in the sweep. The Warriors (21-13, 13-5) recorded 31 hits in the two games.

In the opener, Wa-Hi graduate Drew Christina pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Hanford grad Trevor Jones was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in the opener.

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Willey, Dantini (6) and Duncan. Christina, Turner (8) and Holbrook. Highlights—Christina 1 H, 3 Ks; Gonzales 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs; Poznanski 3-5, 2B; Salas 2-5, 2 Rs, 2B; Houser 3-3, 2 Rs, 2 2Bs; Jones 3-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Holbrook 2-3; Rambur 3-4, RBI.

Wenatchee Valley 000 100 000 — 1 3 3

Walla Walla 121 000 00x — 4 11 0

Kerns, Devlin (6), Garcia (8), Laszio (8) and Duncan, Brewer (7). Houser, Campeau (9) and Holbrook. Highlights—Houser 3 H, 1 R, 9 Ks; Toon 2-4, RBI; Gonzales 2-4; Holbrook 3-4, 3B, RBI.

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