Vikings bats come alive in Game 2 win; split series with Warriors

Big Bend maintained solid positioning in the NWAC East after splitting a road doubleheader against Walla Walla.
Big Bend maintained solid positioning in the NWAC East after splitting a road doubleheader against Walla Walla.

By Big Bend Office of Communications

After a slow start during Game 1 on the road at Walla Walla, the Big Bend bats awoke during Game 2 as the Vikings recovered from an early loss by pounding out 13 hits in the nightcap and rolling over the Warriors, 12-5. With the win, BBCC (22-14, 10-8) is sitting in a solid third place in the Northwest Athletic Conference two wins ahead of Blue Mountain (19-19, 8-10 in NWAC) and four games behind Spokane (27-9, 14-4 in NWAC) who will visit Moses Lake for a Saturday doubleheader. 

Yakima Valley (34-6, 16-2 in NWAC) leads the region.

 

Game 1: Walla Walla 5, Big Bend 3

After five innings, the Warriors led Big Bend 3-0. A Cody Banks two-run homer would pull the Vikings within 1 in the sixth, but Walla Walla answered with another run in the bottom of the inning and another in the eighth to keep the game out of reach. Blake Collier took the loss on the mound for Big Bend and Banks drove in all three runs for the visitors and he and Benjamin Albrecht each finished with two hits.

Game 2: Big Bend 12, Walla Walla 5

Despite leaving 12 runners on base, Big Bend also had 13 hits in the second game and was led by Derek Almanza who went 4-for-5 at the plate, drove in one run, and scored another.

Trevor Luckey added three hits, and Albrecht and Sammuel Fagerness each had two while Nathaniel English finished the game with three RBIs.

Tyson Yamane picked up his fifth win on the mound for BBCC giving up just three runs in five innings of work.

Big Bend hosts a Saturday doubleheader with Spokane beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

For the NWAC standings, CLICK HERE.

For the Game 1 boxscore, CLICK HERE.

For the Game 2 boxscore, CLICK HERE.