An early grand slam and a late double led to an all-around rough day for the Columbia Basin College baseball team.
The Hawks were in a hole from the start in a pair of NWAACC East losses to visiting Treasure Valley, 6-2 and 9-7 in 11 innings on Wednesday.
Jerren Larimer’s second-inning grand slam from the nine hole got the Chukars (19-3, 6-0 East) off to a fast start. Chase Miller’s two-out double in the 10th made for a bad ending for CBC (11-11, 3-3).
“They pitched well, we did not. They hit all day and got big hits with runners in scoring position, we did not,” said Hawks coach Chris Staton. “They were a better team than us in almost every aspect of the game.”
Larimer’s grand slam was the only real damage off game-one starter Brandon Call, who departed in the fourth after a walk, a hit and two hit batters in the frame. Ethan Cantu came on and threw five-plus innings of solid relief, but the Hawks never got the hits to get back in the game.
CBC put together a three-run first to start Game 2, only to see Treasure Valley battle back and take a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
That’s when the Hawks got their scrap on, with a couple of one-out singles from Braden Wolgamott and Jordan Webb setting the table for a comeback.
Ryan Atkinson doubled in Wolgamott, and Nick Savas singled home Webb. Dalton Johnson singled in the tying run to force extra frames, but CBC couldn’t hold off the Chukars any longer.
“Their pitchers threw strikes all day long, they executed, and they flat out beat us,” Staton said.
CBC travels to Walla Walla on Saturday.
Treasure Valley 040 100 100 — 6 9 1
Columbia Basin 000 002 000 — 2 5 0
Markus Lively (W,5-1), Alex Bunn (6), Joe Wewers (7) and Zach Reay; Brandon Call (L,1-2), Ethan Cantu (4) and Braden Wolgamott. Highlights—Ryan Wright (TV) 2B; Reay (TV) 2B; Jerren Larimer (TV) 3x4, GS HR, 4 RBI; Dalton Johnson (CBC) 2 SB; Travis Key (CBC) 2x3.
Treasure Valley 001 210 021 2 — 9 14 2
Columbia Basin 300 100 003 0 — 7 10 2
Adrian Martinez, Heath Curtis (9), Alex Bradford (W,1-0) (9) and Colin Drury; Chad Bettinson, Nathan Clark (6), Steven Danek (L,1-1) (8) and Joe Roletto. Highlights—Wright (TV) 4x5, 2B, 3R; Mitch Skaggs (TV) 2B; Chase Miller (TV) 2x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Drury (TV) 2x5, 2B, 3 RBI; Brady Baker (TV) 2x5, RBI; Atkinson (CBC) 2x4, 2B, 2R, RBI; Johnson (CBC) 2x5, RBI; Jordan Webb (CBC) 2x4.
Big Bend 5-2, Walla Walla 1-6: The Warriors waited all day for their hitting to come around, and it did just in time to salvage a split on the road.
Ryan Rambur’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run eighth inning, providing enough support to make good on Drew Christina’s dazzling start.
The former Wa-Hi star tossed a one-hitter over eight innings, striking out 10 and walking three. Big Bend starter Jordan Higley (Kennewick) was solid over six innings, giving up five hits and one run.
The Vikings got a sterling start of their own from Cody Johns in the opener, a complete-game four-hitter.
Walla Walla 000 100 000 — 1 4 2
Big Bend 000 203 00x — 5 6 1
Jesse Houser (L,3-3), Brockman (7), Schmidt (8) and Jarrod Turner; Cody Johns (W,2-2) and Matt Noyola. Highlights—Chris Walker (BB) 2B, RBI; Noyola (BB) 2B, 2 RBI; Johns (BB) 9IP-4H-1ER-8K-0BB.
Walla Walla 010 000 041 — 6 10 0
Big Bend 000 000 002 — 2 4 3
Drew Christina (W,3-1), Bettinson (9) and Conner Holbrook; Jordan Higley (L,0-1), Kody Samuels (7) and Johnny Navarro, Noyola. Highlights—Ryan Neal (WW) 2x5, 2B, 2R; Kevin Toon (WW) 2x4, 2B, RBI, 2R; Cody Poznanski (WW) 2x5, RBI; Ryan Rambur (WW) 2x3, HR, 2 RBI; Christina (WW) 8IP-1H-3BB-10K; John Dailey (BB) 2B.
Treasure Valley 6-0 19-3
Spokane 5-1 14-8br>Yakima Valley 4-2 14-8
Walla Walla 3-3 11-11
Columbia Basin 3-3 11-11
Wenatchee Valley 2-4 7-11
Big Bend 1-5 6-12
Blue Mountain 0-6 2-20
Spokane 3-8, Blue Mountain 0-1
Wenatchee Valley 9-0, Yakima Valley 6-9
Big Bend 5-2, Walla Walla 1-6
Treasure Valley 6-9, Columbia Basin 2-7 (10 inn. second game)
Wenatchee Valley at Treasure Valley, noon
Columbia Basin at Walla Walla, 1 p.m.
Blue Mountain at Yakima Valley, 1 p.m.
Big Bend at Spokane, 1 p.m.