PENDLETON, Ore. — The Wenatchee Valley College baseball team is two wins away from clinching a postseason berth.
The Knights extended their winning streak to five and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region with a 13-6 and 9-5 wins over Blue Mountain on Wednesday.
WVC entered the day tied with Spokane for fourth place in the East, which advances its top four squads to the region playoffs. The Sasquatch split their doubleheader against Yakima on Wednesday, dropping them one game behind the Knights with two regular-season games remaining.
If WVC (20-18, 15-11 East) sweeps Columbia Basin (20-22, 12-14) in a doubleheader on Saturday at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium, it will clinch fourth place.
The Knights can also earn the fourth spot with a split against the Hawks if Spokane loses at least one of its Saturday games to Walla Walla (26-16, 18-8). If WVC and the Sasquatch end up tied, Spokane will take fourth place based on a head-to-head tiebreaker.
Columbia Basin was swept by Big Bend on Wednesday, eliminating the Hawks from postseason contention.
In Wednesday’s first contest, WVC took a 5-0 lead by scoring four times in the third inning. They added two more runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to extended their advantage.
Randy Fuller led WVC’s 15-hit attack with four hits, inlcuding two doubles. Justin Berneski and Nate Steffler added two hits each for the Knights.
Allen Willey pitched six innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out five.
WVC scored six times in the first inning of the nightcap and never trailed. Fuller added two more hits, and Tygar Garces recorded two hits, including a double.
Beau Kerns pitched five effective innings for the Knights, allowing three hits and striking out six.