WALLA WALLA — After scoring a season-high 18 runs in the first game of its doubleheader with Spokane on Saturday, the Wenatchee Valley College baseball team was shut out in the nightcap. The Knights entered their Wednesday twinbill against Walla Walla eager to regain their offensive production.
Instead, they continued to struggle. As a result, they suffered two losses that could hinder their playoff hopes.
WVC recorded just three hits in the opener, a 10-0 loss, and just three more in the nightcap, a 4-1 defeat.
The losses move the Knights’ Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region record to 8-10.
In the opener, Warriors pitcher Drew Christina allowed one hit and struck out three in seven innings. WVC starter Allen Willey, meanwhile, struggled for the first time in several outings, giving up six runs and 12 hits in five innings. The Warriors’ four-run rally in the second inning proved to be more than enough support for Christina.
Walla Walla pitcher Jesse Houser was even more dominant in the nightcap.
He allowed three hits and struck out nine in eight innings. Knights starter Beau Kerns, coming off a 14-strikeout masterpiece in his last outing, gave up two earned runs and 10 hits in five innings.