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WVC’s Japan native thriving on and off the baseball field

Jo Itokazu struggled after moving to Wenatchee from his native Japan three years ago. He didn’t speak any English at the time. He didn’t know anybody. He was forced to eat new, foreign types of foods. He had to adapt to a town that was much smaller and much different, both socially and culturally, from his hometown in the Far East. He labored to keep up in his classes at Wenatchee Valley College.

WVC baseball: Kerns throws gem, Knights sweep Hawks

PASCO — Wenatchee Valley College pitcher Beau Kerns was completely dominant in his outing against Columbia Basin on Wednesday, turning in his finest performance as a Knight. The sophomore right-hander threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 14 and walking just one in WVC’s 4-0 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The Knights won the first game 10-5.

WVC baseball: Knights pitching roughed up by Vikings

MOSES LAKE — The Wenatchee Valley College baseball team lost to Big Bend 14-6 on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. The score of the scheduled second contest wasn’t available at press time.

WVC softball: Knights post comeback victory, sweep Sasquatch

WENATCHEE — Marie Beagle started the season as a reserve outfielder for the Wenatchee Valley College softball team, and until recently, rarely played. Kinley Pope has been the team’s starting third baseman all season, but wasn’t allowed to hit on a full-time basis (the Knights used a designated player in her place) until about two weeks ago. On Saturday, the Knights found themselves in an unfamiliar position — they were losing late in the second game of their doubleheader against Community Colleges of Spokane. They found a way to rally ...

WVC softball: Knights crush Vikings twice

WENATCHEE — In 12 of the Wenatchee Valley College softball team’s 16 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region games so far, the Knights have scored at least four runs in a single frame. The fact that big innings are becoming commonplace for WVC is obviously a good sign for the Knights, who most games need just one or two runs to win because their pitching and defense are so dominant.

WVC baseball: Knights blank Wolves, sweep twinbill

WENATCHEE — Beau Kerns and Allen Willey grew up together in Lewiston, Idaho. They played on the Lewiston High School baseball team together, starring as the squad’s top two pitchers. After graduating, Kerns decided to play at Wenatchee Valley College, and tried to convince Willey to join him. Willey, however, stayed home and went to Lewis-Clark State College. Willey was a member of the Warriors baseball team last season, but didn’t play. WVC head coach Dustin Willis, who played for Lewis-Clark State before entering the coaching ranks, talk to a ...

WVC softball: Knights’ pitching, defense stellar in sweep of Yaks

WENATCHEE — When Haley Hess was 14 years old, she played shortstop for a traveling softball team, but when she began to play for the River View (Finley) high school team four years ago, the Panthers didn’t have a lot of pitching depth, so Hess was used exclusively in the circle during her prep years. Nevertheless, Wenatchee Valley College coach Shelly Pflugrath knew that Hess had what it took to make the transition back to the middle of the infield at the college level. Sure enough, Hess has developed into ...

WVC baseball: Knights swept as pitching continues to struggle

ONTARIO, Ore. — Facing the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s top team wasn’t what the Wenatchee Valley College baseball team needed in order to sort out its pitching issues. The Chukars swept a doubleheader with the Knights on Saturday, winning the first game 14-0 and taking the nightcap 7-3.

WVC softball: Knights bounce back, sweep Timberwolves

PENDLETON, Ore. — Suffering its first Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region loss Friday didn’t appear to affect the Wenatchee Valley College softball team in its doubleheader against Blue Mountain on Saturday. A day after seeing its 37-game East winning streak end with a loss to Treasure Valley in the second game of a doubleheader, the second-ranked Knights posted two blowout wins over the Timberwolves — they won the first game 13-5 and the second 14-1.

WVC softball: Knights suffer first East loss

ONTARIO, Ore. — The Wenatchee Valley College softball team lost a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region game for the first time in the 2013 season Friday. After beating Treasure Valley 9-0 in the opener of a doubleheader, the Knights dropped the nightcap 6-4.

WVC baseball: Knights split with Yaks

WENATCHEE — After pitching just two innings in his Saturday start in Spokane, Wenatchee Valley College pitcher Mitch Yada knew that he might be used in relief Wednesday during the Knights’ doubleheader against Yakima Valley at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium. Yada, a redshirt freshman left-hander from Moses Lake, wasn’t mentally focused in his Saturday outing, and he struggled as a result. He was much more self-assured Wednesday, however, and threw 3 2/3 effective relief innings to help the Knights hold on for a 9-6 win in the opener.

Knights baseball team can’t hold late leads, swept by Sasquatch

SPOKANE — Daniel Rowton hit a walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Community Colleges of Spokane baseball team a 13-12 comeback win over Wenatchee Valley on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader. The Sasquatch scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to post a 9-8 victory in the opener.

Freshmen Rambo, Wall emerging as stars for WVC softball squad

WENATCHEE — At first glance, Julia Rambo and Becky Wall wouldn’t appear to have a lot in common as softball players. Rambo is a 5-foot-10 left-handed first baseman, and the Wenatchee Valley College softball team’s leading power hitter. Wall, on the other hand, is a 5-4 right-handed second baseman; as the Knights’ leadoff hitter, she drives balls into the outfield gaps, and uses her speed to beat out ground balls.

WVC softball: Knights’ offensive onslaught keys twinbill sweep

WENATCHEE — Three days before Kirstie Thomas was to return to Wenatchee from her family’s home in Montana at the end of her Christmas break, she was struck with appendicitis. Of course, there’s no good time for something like that to happen to someone, but in this particular case, the timing was especially bad; Thomas, a sophomore softball player at Wenatchee Valley College, was set to begin preparation for the Knights’ 2013 season as soon as she returned to Wenatchee.

WVC baseball: Knights split in East opener

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley College baseball team played 14 good innings Wednesday in its doubleheader against Walla Walla at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium, according to Knights head coach Dustin Willis. They received excellent starting pitching from Beau Kerns and Allen Willey; played solid defense for the vast majority of the twinbill; and showed an ability to produce offense in a variety of ways. Add it all up, and Willis and the Knights have a lot of good things to take out of their Wednesday performance.

WVC baseball team splits with Everett

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Valley College baseball team beat Everett 5-3 on Friday in the second game of a doubleheader at Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium.

WVC softball squad sweeps Green River

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley College softball team’s offense broke out in a big way during its Sunday doubleheader against Green River. The Knights racked up 28 runs and 25 hits in their 13-1 and 15-2 victories at North Rotary Park.

Knights’ pitching dominates in softball sweep

WENATCHEE — Hailey Bator and Kirstie Thomas are proving early on that they might be the best pitching tandem in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges this season. The two sophomores combined to allow just two hits in 12 innings of work to lead Wenatchee Valley College to a doubleheader sweep of Skagit Valley on Saturday at North Rotary Park.

WVC softball opens with 2 wins

RICHLAND — The Wenatchee Valley softball team has unfinished business. They got right to it Saturday. The Knights downed perennial power Lower Columbia 9-0, then defeated Everett 6-1 at the NWAACC preseason tournament at Columbia Playfield.