In his first start this season, JD Page struck out six and allowed one earned run in leading Columbia Basin College to a 12-2 victory Wednesday in the first game of its NWAACC East doubleheader against Big Bend Community College in Pasco.
“JD might have given us one of our better performances this season,” said CBC coach Scott Rogers. “He has been pitching put of the bullpen. He was in complete control. Despite his protest, we took him out after 97 pitches. We want him healthy for next week.”
The Hawks won the second game 7-6 in 12 innings, getting a little help from the Vikings along the way.
“The second game went back and forth all game long,” Rogers said. “There were several opportunities for both teams from the eighth inning on, but no one could seem to make anything happen.”
Hawks changed that in the bottom of the 12th.
Nick Savas drew a one-out walk, then went to second on a ball in the dirt. The Big Bend catcher threw to second, where the ball bounced off Savas and into the outfield. He continued on to third.
With two outs, Dalton Johnson sent Savas across the plate with an infield single for the winning run.
Kenton Brunson had a triple and three RBIs for the Hawks, while Stetson Plew picked up the win, pitching the final 71⁄3 innings in relief.
“To get that second (win) showed some resiliency and competitiveness,” Rogers. “I was proud of what they did today.”
The Hawks are 15-11 in East region play and have the inside edge on the No. 4 spot for the playoffs.
Big Bend 001 010 00 — 2 5 2
Columbia Basin 001 225 11 — 12 18 2
Reign Letkeman, Ryan Ferguson (6) and Wade Ryan; JD Page, Evan Harder (8) and Tucker Ibabao. Highlights—BB: KJ Herbert 2x3; Mitchell Darlington 2 RBIs. CBC: Dalton Johnson 4x6, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Travis Key 4x4, 2B; Kenton Brunson 2x4, 3 RBIs; Jordan Webb 3x5, 2 RBIs; Tucker Ibabao 2x3, 2 RBIs; Jordan Feeney 2B.
Big Bend 000 200 220 000 — 6 14 8
Columbia Basin 010 010 400 001 — 7 9 1
Jon Dailey, Patrick O’Sullivan (7), Kaleb Price (8), Ryan Ferguson (12) and Ben Smithson; Ryker Ford, Stetson Plew (5) and Tucker Ibabao. Highlights—BB: KJ Herbert 2x4, HR, RBI; Mitchell Darlington 3x5; Dylan Signorelli 2B, RBI; Reign Letkeman 2x3, RBI; Killan Kyle 2x5; Yamane Jacob HR, RBI. CBC: Dalton Johnson 2x5, RBI; Ryan Atkinson 2x6; Kenton Brunson 3B, 3 RBIs; Jesse Wantland 2B, RBI.