Yakima Valley takes two from Big Bend

Big Bend baseball drops two at home over the Weekend against Northwest Athletic Conference East Region-leading Yakima Valley on Saturday.
Big Bend baseball drops two at home over the Weekend against Northwest Athletic Conference East Region-leading Yakima Valley on Saturday.

By RODNEY HARWOOD of the COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD

MOSES LAKE — Anyway you look at it, the numbers just didn't add up in Big Bend's favor in Saturday's NWAC East doubleheader with Yakima Valley.

The No. 8 Runnin' Vikings (21-13, 9-7) had a chance to make up a little ground in the East Region but dropped both games at home for the first time in April. Big Bend gave up 18 hits in the opener, dropping a 13-2 decision that ended in eight innings. The Vikes picked it up with 15 hits in the late game but stranded 13 runners in an 11-4 loss.

It would have taken their very best effort to upend the East-leading Yaks (32-6, 14-2 East), who rolled into town ranked second in the NWAC Coaches Poll and seventh in the Junior College Pacific Associations Division Baseball Poll.

But Yakima Valley has won nine of its last 10 games and played like it Saturday afternoon at the Big Bend Baseball Complex.

"To be honest with you, we didn't bring our A-game today," said shortstop Kyle Tolf, who was 3-for-5 in the second game. "They hit the heck out of the ball in the first game and we left too many runners in the second.

"We've been playing really good at home, but that's a good baseball team."

For the complete story, visit the Columbia Basin Herald website HERE.

For the Game 1 boxscore, CLICK HERE.

For the Game 2 boxscore, CLICK HERE.