PASCO -- Twenty-six games they have played in the NWAACC East baseball season, and still it comes down to the final day of play.
Columbia Basin College, sitting a game behind first-place Yakima Valley in the East Region standings, has a chance to overtake the Yaks and claim the regular-season crown as well as hosting rights to the regional tournament.
The Hawks (30-12, 20-6) entertain sixth-place Spokane (20-22, 10-16) starting at 1 p.m. at CBC.
The Yaks (27-8, 21-5) play at Walla Walla (27-13, 17-9), which is tied with Treasure Valley for third in a four-team heat to make the playoffs.
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"That's what we wanted, to be in it the last weekend," said CBC coach Steve Farrington. "And the other part of that, it shows we got a pretty good league."
Indeed, in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, Yakima Valley is ranked third and Columbia Basin fifth, with Treasure Valley on the bubble.
If CBC can pull even with Yakima, the Hawks would win the tiebreaker after taking three of four games off the Yaks during East Region play. That would earn them a share of their 13th regional title as well as lock up a 14th consecutive berth to the NWAACC championships on May 26-30 in Longview.
The East Region tourney is slated for next Friday and Saturday. All four of the top teams already have qualified for the playoffs, as fifth-place Big Bend might have a tough time making up five games with just a doubleheader left to play.