Freshman Derek Carley doubled to drive in Jake Graham with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon, leading Community Colleges of Spokane to a 5-4 win over visiting Wenatchee Valley in the opening game of a doubleheader at SFCC.
WVCC (15-15, 10-8 NWAACC) won the second game 3-2 in 10 innings behind the pitching of Todd Griffiths and Derrick Chavez, who limited the Sasquatch (16-12, 8-10) to one hit.
The split kept CCS two games behind second-place WVCC in the East Region standings.
The Sasquatch used three pitchers and limited the Knights to seven hits in the opener. Reliever Justin Murphy (2-0) picked up the win and also stroked a pair of hits, including a double.
•Non-conference: Washington State gave up five unearned runs in the sixth inning and had its four-game winning streak snapped by Utah, 9-1 in Salt Lake City.
The Cougars (19-17) scored first on a second-inning solo home run by Matt Argyropoulos, but the Utes (14-22) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. They added another run in the third before staging their big sixth-inning outburst, which included a two-out Cougars error that led to the five unearned runs.
Washington State starter Adam Conley (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
Western Athletic Conference Championship: With Kayla Mortellaro leading the way with a final-round score of 1-under-par 71, the University of Idaho pushed past Fresno State to finish second in the 54-hole event staged at Wolf Run Golf Course in Reno, Nev. The Vandals started the day in third place, but used Mortellaro’s splendid effort and the solid rounds of Annika Karlsson (72) and Frida Nilsson (73) to finish as runner-up to 21st-ranked San Jose State, which finished with a team total of 870 – 19 strokes ahead of UI. Mortellaro finished tied for second in the medalist standings with a three-day total of one-over 217, while teammate Teo Poplawski, who shot a 75 on Wednesday, finished seventh.
•Big Sky Conference Championship: Eastern Washington’s Marli Mikulecky fired a final-round, even-par 72 at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., but the Eagles still finished eighth in the team standings with a 54-hole total of 964, which was 50 strokes behind champion Northern Arizona. Mikulecky finished tied for seventh in the medalist standings with a three-day total of 13-over 229.
Gonzaga University freshman Kristina Zauere earned a spot on the second-team All-West Coast Conference tennis team, while the Bulldogs’ top doubles team of senior Aglaya Kokurina and sophomore Rika Mehndiratta landed a berth on the honorable mention list, becoming the first GU team to be so honored.
The Spokane Shock, after posting a 63-45 road win over the Boise Burn on Saturday, locked down the No. 1 spot in the arenafootball2 league’s coaches’ poll for the sixth consecutive week. The Shock (3-0) collected 380 of a possible 384 points and 22 of 25 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (3-0), the af2’s only other unbeaten team, which is ranked No. 2 with 339 points. The South Georgia Wildcats (4-1), who rolled to a 84-34 road win over Tri-Cities on Saturday, is ranked No. 3.
•The Shock traded backup offensive lineman Chris McDuffie to the Green Bay Blizzard for future considerations.