MOSES LAKE -- Taylor Nicholson struck out eight and gave up just five hits over the distance to key Columbia Basin College's win in its opener at Big Bend.
But the Hawks had to settle for the split after committing five errors in the second game, falling two games behind Yakima Valley in the East Region race.
"Our defense failed us on four big ground balls, and it ended up costing us," CBC coach Steve Farrington said of the nightcap.
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Taylor Nicholson and Cole McPherson; Randy Button, Cody Brunner (6), Brian Sweeney (7) and Jake Howland (9), Bryan Karwacki. Highlights--Britt Hammer (CBC) 2x5; Mac Acker (CBC) 2x5, 2B; Alex Bushman (CBC) 3x4; Erick Raynes (CBC) 2x4; John Reilly (CBC) 2x3; Austin Say (CBC) 2x4; Nicholson (CBC) 92P, 8K.
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Two outs when game ended. Arturo Reyes, Jon Rapose (4), Michael Garza (6), Chris Cecil (7), Matt Rienstra (7), Daniel Alig (7), Matt Minnich (7), Brennan Steinbaugh (8) and McPherson; Nathan Regal, Casey Clare (4) and Karwacki. Highlights--Hammer (CBC) 2x4; Skyler Schiller (CBC) 2x4; Chris Brunetti (CBC) 2x4; Reilly (CBC) 2x3.