WALLA WALLA -- The Columbia Basin College baseball team has used pitching and defense to stay in the hunt for the Eastern Region title.
On Saturday, it was the Hawks' bats that propelled them into a share of first place.
Britt Hammer went 6-for-10 on the day while Alex Bushman and Mac Acker each had five hits as CBC broke out the lumber in an 18-16, 8-3 sweep at Walla Walla.
The two road wins combined with Wednesday's sweep of second-ranked Yakima Valley helped CBC (26-10, 16-4) erase the Yaks' three-game lead in a matter of days and move into a tie for first atop the East standings.
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The Hawks, who have won 12 of 13, will complete their run of back-to-back-to-back doubleheaders against the East's best when Treasure Valley comes to town Wednesday.
Against Walla Walla, one of the best hitting teams in the NWAACC, CBC was at its offensive best, piling up 40 hits on the day.
Hawks coach Steve Farrington was impressed particularly with the opener, in which his team ran into some early trouble and then came back.
"We spotted them 10 runs and found a way to come back and win," Farrington said. "We swung the bat real well today, and the defense was superb."
Jon Rapose provided four-plus innings of sound relief to give CBC a chance to rally.
In the second game, Taylor Nicholson threw eight strong innings.
Columbia Basin 005 080 050 -- 18 21 1
Walla Walla 280 110 310 -- 16 21 7
Arty Reyes, Mike Garza (2), Jon Rapose (2), Matt Rienstra (7), Matt Minnich (8) and Cole McPherson; Lawhead, Arlt (5), Renner (5), Garza (8), Wujek (9) and Sani.
Highlights--Taylor Wattenberg (CBC) 2x4; Britt Hammer (CBC) 2x5, 2B; Mac Acker (CBC) 3x5, 2B; Chris Cecil (CBC) 2x6; Alex Bushman (CBC) 3x5, 2B; Minnich (CBC) 2x6, 2B; McPherson (CBC) 2x5, 2B; Austin Say (CBC) 2x6.
Columbia Basin 050 000 120 -- 8 19 1
Walla Walla 000 011 001 -- 3 9 1
Taylor Nicholson, Dan Elig (9), Minnich (9) and McPherson; Paulson, James (7), Yount (8) and Leach.
Highlights--Acker (CBC) 2x5; Hammer (CBC) 4x5; Cecil (CBC) 2x4; Bushman (CBC) 2x5, 2B; Chris Brunetti (CBC) 2x5; John Riley (CBC) 2x5; McPherson (CBC) 3x3; Say (CBC) 2B.