Big Bend Baseball splits with CBC; holding tight to playoff spot in NWAC East

Big bend Baseball splits doubleheader with Columbia Basin College.

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With things tightening-up atop the Northwest Athletic Conference's East Region, Big Bend Baseball needs to close out the regular season strong to hold on to the fourth and final playoff spot. The took a step in the right direction over the weekend splitting a home doubleheader with Columbia Basin College winning the opener in dramatic fashion 4-3, before stalling in the late game and falling 8-2.

Big Bend 4, Columbia Basin 3

In the afternoon's first game, freshman Matthew Plato provided the excitement for the home crowd in the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk-off single to center field. Plato drove in Benjamin Albrecht who led off the inning with a single then advanced to second and third on back-to-back errors. 

The Vikings trailed throughout the first half game before scoring 3 runs courtesy of a Tyler Todish RBI-single, a hit-by-pitch, and a passed ball.

Big Bend starter Jordan Moreno threw 7 strong innings before the tide began to turn in the top of the 8th. Moreno gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning before giving way to reliever Trey Evans. Evans would give up a 2RBI-single (runs credited to Moreno) before being pulled for Hayden Knight who would get a big strikeout to close the inning. Knight would finish the game scoreless and pick up the eventual "W".

Tyler Todish (3) and Benjamin Albrecht (2) were the only Vikings with multiple hits during Game 1.

Big Bend 2, Columbia Basin 8

Columbia Basin came out strong in Game 2 touching up BBCC started Blake Collier for 5 runs in the 1st inning. Collier only gave up 3 hits but the damage was compounded by a pair of walks and a pair of Big Bend errors.

The Vikings didn't get on the scoreboard until the 8th inning when Samuel Fagerness and Skyler Sadora ripped back-to-back RBI doubles. Offensively for the Vikes, Tanner Toepke, Benjamin Albrecht (triple), and Trevor Luckey each had a pair of hits.

The Vikings (14-10) will close out the regular season this week on the road traveling to Yakima Valley (17-7) on Wednesday (May 8) and Treasure Valley (6-16) on Saturday (May 11). Yakima Valley is currently tied atop the NWAC East Region standing with Spokane (17-7).

The Vikings are currently in the fourth and final playoff spot in the east, with Walla Walla (12-10) in position to make a move. The Warriors do still have two series left with region-leading Yakima Valley and Treasure Valley who is in the bottom half of the standings.