NWAACC BASEBALL: Walla Walla swept out of NWAACC playoffs

By the Tri-City Herald staffMay 17, 2013 

ONTARIO, Ore. — Walla Walla’s hopes of reaching the NWAACC championship ended abruptly Friday with a pair of losses in the East Regional tournament.

Walla Walla fell to Yakima Valley 11-10 in 10 innings, then lost a pitchers duel with Wenatchee Valley 2-1.

Former Moses Lake standout Mitch Yada handcuffed the Warriors with a six-hit, complete-game victory. Jesse Houser, who last year at this time was leading Kamiakin to the state title, threw eight innings of four-hit ball but lost the game on Jo Itokazu’s two-run double in the seventh.

The Warriors seemed well on their way to a win in the opener.

Former Kennewick standout Jarod Gonzales belted a pair of home runs for six RBIs as Walla Walla pulled ahead 9-5 after three innings of an early slugfest. But the Warriors were undone by their defense — a shocking eight errors that led to four unearned runs in the final four innings.

WVC lost its opener 8-7 in 16 innings to Treasaure Valley. The host Chukars and Yaks were still playing at 10:30 Friday.

Yakima Valley 221 001 202 1 — 11 14 0
Walla Walla 243 000 100 0 — 10 13 8

Nelson, Tassara (3), Snider (4), Vetsch (7), Lau (8, W,3-1) and Ramos; Christina, Brockman (7), Schmidt (7), Campus (8, L,6-4) and Holbrook. Highlights—Thomson (YV) 3x4, 2B; Ito (YV) 2x5, 2B; Ramos (YV) 2x5, 2 2B; Jones (WW) 2x6; Gonzales (WW) 2x5, 2 HR, 6 RBI; Salas (WW) 2x4, HR; Houser (WW) 2x5, 2B; Poznanski (WW) 2x3, 2B; Wolfe (WW) 2B.
Wenatchee Valley 000 002 000 — 2 4 2
Walla Walla 000 001 000 — 1 6 0

Yada and Brewer; Houser, Bettinson (9) and Holbrook. Highlights—Itokazu (WVC) 2B, 2 RBI; Holbrook (WW) 2x4; Houser (WW) 8IP-4H-2R-6BB-8K.

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