PASCO — The Columbia Basin College baseball team is a greedy bunch, and in a sport where stealing bases, stealing signs and stealing away hits is encouraged, greed is good.
Wednesday afternoon's split with Treasure Valley -- Kody Young went the distance in a 5-2 win after the Chukars eked out the opener 3-1 -- left the Hawks with a 5-1 mark in consecutive doubleheaders with their big three NWAACC East Region rivals.
And it left them wanting more.
"We wanted to get six out of six, but we'll take five out of six," said two-way standout Mac Acker, who leads the team in hitting and is one of the top starting pitchers as well. "Every time out there, we want to take two. We knew we had to come out today and at least get one, but we could have had that first one."
Indeed, CBC has grown so accustomed to winning those close games, that it is almost a shock when it comes up short.
"Especially at home where we get the last at-bat," said shortstop Austin Say, who turned in a web gem on the day's final play, laying full out on a sprint into shallow left to haul in a short fly.
CBC (27-11, 17-5 East) remained a game head of Treasure Valley (31-6, 16-6) but slipped into second place behind Yakima Valley (24-7, 18-4), which swept last-place Blue Mountain 3-1 and 6-2.
The Hawks head to Moses Lake to take on Big Bend on Saturday, then finish up at home against Wenatchee Valley (May 11) and Spokane (May 14).
Young (6-0) threw his third complete game of the season, allowing six hits, striking out six and walking just two.
He zipped through the first six innings on 70 pitches, facing just three over the minimum.
He issued his second walk to open the seventh, but had no trouble, thanks to the second of CBC's three double plays.
A two-out error opened the door for a pair of unearned runs in the eighth -- the Hawks' only defensive miscue in either game -- but Young closed out the ninth on six pitches.
"Our pitchers do a really good job of staying in the zone, and that helps the infielders get in a rhythm getting a lot of ground balls," Say said.
The Hawks hung runs on the board in the fourth and sixth innings in similar fashion, leading off both frames with a free pass to Acker.
In the fourth, Chris Cecil had a nice piece of hitting to take a ball the other way to right field.
One out later, Skyler Schiller delivered an RBI single, also going the other way to right.
In the sixth, Cecil bunted Acker to second, and then it was Schiller again sending a ball to right, this time over the outfielder's head for the only extra-base hit of the game.
The inning was extended by an error and a walk, and Say singled in two more runs with a bouncer up the middle.
Cole McPherson added an RBI hit in the eighth -- this time it was Schiller bunting a guy over -- as the bottom four hitters in the lineup accounted for all five RBIs.
"We're starting to find the gaps and drive the ball," Say said. "Going the other way helps a lot."
Acker (4-2) threw well in the opener against TVCC ace Zach Fabricius, who limited CBC's scoring to Britt Hammer's RBI single in the third.
"We put ourselves in position to win that ballgame," said Hawks coach Steve Farrington. "But when we had scoring opportunities, we just didn't execute when we had a chance to get the lead.
"Winning is hard work. We spend a lot of time making sure we're in every ballgame and be in a position to win."