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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".
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.