Basin roundup: Big Bend drops into 3-way tie for 2nd in NWAC East

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  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend's Christian Santillanes (24) celebrates with teammates Nicholas Landa (16) and Benjamin Albrecht after hitting a home run against Treasure Valley.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend reliever Kyle McPeak works against Treasure Valley.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Treasure Valley's catcher is unable to handle a pitch in the dirt in front of Big Bend batter Nicholas Landa, allowing Samuel Fagerness to score from third base.

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend's Christian Santillanes (24) celebrates with teammates Nicholas Landa (16) and Benjamin Albrecht after hitting a home run against Treasure Valley.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Big Bend reliever Kyle McPeak works against Treasure Valley.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Treasure Valley's catcher is unable to handle a pitch in the dirt in front of Big Bend batter Nicholas Landa, allowing Samuel Fagerness to score from third base.

MOSES LAKE ­— Big Bend had to settle for a split with Treasure Valley, creating a three-way tie for second place in the NWAC East.

The Vikings (9-5, 12-15) took the opener 6-4 before losing the nightcap in seven innings 14-3. With the split, Big Bend is now tied with Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin for second place and trails Spokane by one game for the league lead.

Big Bend broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead for good in Game 1. Matthew Plato hit a go-ahead RBI double and Trevor Luckey added a pair of insurance runs with a blast over the fence.

Viking starter Ryan Shipley struck out 11 in seven innings. Hayden Knight picked up the win after two innings of relief.

Big Bend fell behind 14-0 in Game 2 and could not extend the game past seven innings after scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Samuel Fagerness scored on an error and Christian Santillanes hit a 2-run homer to cap Big Bend’s scoring output.

The Treasure Valley lineup was able to chase Big Bend starter Colin Cortez after 1 1/3 innings. Cortez was not the only hurler to struggle as no Big Bend pitcher lasted longer than 2 2/3 innings.

Despite having no extra-base hits, the Chukars methodically built the lead with three runs in the second inning, six in the third and four in the fifth. Cody Johnson finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Treasure Valley starter Bridger Vorwaller pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.

Prep baseball

Othello 7, Pullman 5

OTHELLO — Othello put together a 4-run sixth inning to regain the lead against Pullman and win 7-5.

Josh Garza doubled with the bases loaded to put the Huskies ahead. Nate Garza drew a bases-loaded walk earlier in the frame.

Josh Garza totaled three hits and four RBIs for the afternoon.

Prep softball

Ephrata 20, Prosser 1

PROSSER — Ephrata scored nine runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the third inning to blow out Prosser 20-1.

Rylee Peters struck out four from the circle and went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double. Jocelyn Eisen and Jacey Heston also finished with three hits.

Ephrata 20, Grandview 0

PROSSER — Eisen and Jenna Riggs combined to pitch a one-hitter in Ephrata’s 20-0 win against Grandview.

Paige Wood was 2-for-4 and Paige Davis doubled twice.

Prep tennis

Othello boys 3, Grandview 2

Othello girls 4, Grandview 1

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