Big Bend finishes regular season strong, headed to postseason

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Big Bend baseball didn't want to leave anything to chance. There were two ways into the postseason — sweep Treasure Valley in the regular-season finale on the road, or hope that Walla Walla lost one of its final, four games. The Vikings took matters in their own hands sweeping the Chukars on Saturday to close out the regular season 5-4, 4-1.

It was a good thing, too as Walla Walla went down fighting winning 3 of its last 4 games. The Warriors swept Treasure Valley on Friday and then split with Yakima Valley on Saturday only dropping the second game by a 10-8 total.

Treasure Valley jumped all over Big Bend starter Jordan Moreno in Game 1 putting up 4 runs in the first inning on 4 hits and capitalizing on a BBCC defensive error. After 2 innings, the Vikings went to their bullpen and brought in Trey Evens who shut down the Chukars over the next 4.2 innings giving up just two hits.

The Vikings bats got going in 6th as they tied things up at 4-4 with an RBI-double from Trevor Luckey, an RBI-single by Tristen Garland, a SAC from Christian Santillanes, and an RBI-single from Benjamin Albrecht

Another Trevor Luckey RBI-double in the 8th inning would prove to be the game-winner as Hayden Knight would close things out on the mound for the Vikings with a scoreless final 2.2 innings giving up just one hit and earning the win.

In Game 2, Blake Collier (5.0), Noah Soltero (3.0), and Hayden Knight (1.0) combined to give up just one run in the 4-1 win while striking out 8 hitters.

Derek Lamanza and Trevor Luckey (2 RBIs) each left the yard and Tanner Toepke added an RBI-single to fuel the Vikings at the plate.

Now, Big Bend moves on to one of the four, three-team Super Regional playoffs all hosted by the regions No. 2 seeds. A No. 3 and No. 4 seed from other regions also gets the invite.

As it stands, it looks like the Vikings will be traveling to Lynnwood, WA and Edmonds Community College on Friday. The Tritons finished the season as the North Region's No. 2 seed and will host the Super Regional. Pierce College, the No. 3 seed from the West Region, will also be making the trip and will take on the Vikings (No. 4 seed) in the super regional's opening game.

The Raiders finished the season with an overall record of 24-21 and a 16-9 mark in NWAC play.