Columbia Basin College coach Scott Rogers is used to his pitchers setting the tone early and letting his hitters find their way.
The Hawks flipped that around Saturday, scoring nine runs in the first inning of Game 1 to kick off a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges doubleheader against Walla Walla in Pasco.
CBC won the opener 14-12 and swept the doubleheader with a 9-3 Game 2 win, but Rogers quickly became concerned about the number of spikes touching home plate in Game 1.
That was probably the ugliest pitched game Ive seen on both sides in a long time, Rogers said. That game was just about survival.
And survive the Hawks did.
After taking an early 9-0 lead thanks in part to Ryan Atkinsons two-run home run, Jesse Wantlands two-run double and a pair of run-scoring errors, Walla Walla came roaring back with five runs in the second and four more in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 10.
After they tied it, everybody was just standing around wondering what else is going to happen, Rogers said.
Wantland put CBC up 13-10 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, driving in two more runs with a single.
The Hawks used three pitchers Matt Peterson, Evan Harder and Steven Danek to get to the ninth inning. The trio allowed 12 earned runs on 11 hits before Trenton Avery came in to pitch the ninth.
The Warriors didnt have much better luck, as Warriors starter A.J. Carkner lasted just 2⁄3 of an inning, allowing nine runs on six hits to the first 11 batters. Nobody could get anybody out. It was just ridiculous, Rogers said.
Avery put a strong finishing touch on Game 1, retiring the side on 10 pitches to get his first save. The 5-foot-11 right-hander and Chiawana graduate hasnt allowed a run in six innings this season.
Game 2 was much cleaner for Hawks starter Jacob Gleichman, who improved his record to 3-0 after scattering nine hits over 52⁄3 innings. Kennewick graduate Stetson Plew finished things off with 31⁄3 scoreless innings.
CBC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Jordan Webbs sacrifice fly, scoring Richlands Kenton Brunson. But Walla Walla came back with back-to-back solo home runs by Jarod Gonzales and Johnny McNerney in the top of the fifth.
The Hawks then exploded for eight runs on seven hits including a grand slam from Braden Wolgamott in the bottom of the fifth to put the game away.
The second game we pitched as well as we hoped to, Rogers said. It was played much better by both teams.
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A.J. Carkner, Levi Rudolph (1), Johnny McNerney (6), Cody Price (7) and Jake Browne; Matt Peterson, Evan Harder (2), Steven Danek (5), Trenton Avery (9) and Braden Wolgamott. HighlightsDalton Johnson (CBC) 2x6, 2B, 3R, 2 RBI; Ryan Atkinson (CBC) 3x4, HR, 4R, 3 RBI; Travis Key (CBC) 2x5, 2R; Kenton Brunson (CBC) 2x5, 2 RBI; Hayden Meier (CBC) 2 RBI, Jesse Wantland (CBC) 3x5, 2B, 4 RBI; Avery (CBC) SV; J.J. Robinson (WW) HR, 2R, 2 RBI; Browne (WW) 2x5, 2B, 3 RBI; Jesse Houser (WW) 2x4, 3B, 4R; Seth Wolfe (WW) 2B, 2R, 4 RBI; Corey Morris (WW) 2x4, 2R.
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Kalani Omoto, Brandon Costello (5), Clayten Ayres (8) and Browne; Jacob Gleichman, Stetson Plew (6) and Wolgamott. HighlightsAtkinson (CBC) 2x5, RBI, R, SB; Key (CBC) R, 2 RBI, SB; Brunson (CBC) 2R; Jordan Webb (CBC) 2x2, 2 RBI; Wolgamott (CBC) HR, 4 RBI; Ayres (WW) 2x5, 2B, RBI; Morris (WW) 2x4; Jarod Gonzales (WW) HR; Johnny McNerney (WW) HR.