Baseball Championship - Everett and Yakima Valley collect wins
LONGVIEW— Treasure Valley and Everett kicked off the 2016 NWAC baseball championship with a heated pitchers duel between the Trojan's Alex Gray and the Chuker's Sam Wong. Treasure Valley drew first blood in the first with an RBI single off the bat of the Eastern Region MVP Chase Teter.
In the 4th, Everett evened the score off of an errant throw by Teter at short allowing Jacob Prater to come across. The two aces would battle deep into the 8th until Bryce Peterson hit a towering 420 foot home run to dead center off the roof of the batting barn to give Everett a 2-1 lead.
Gray went the distance for the Trojans for the complete game striking out 6 while allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits.
Trojans face Yakima Friday at 4:35 pm while the Chukars take on Chemeketa in an elimination game Friday at 9:35am.
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In game 2 of the day, Eastern Region champs Yakima Valley took on a scrappy Chemeketa team who fought hard in the super regional to earn their birth into the tourney.
The Storm got runners on 2nd and 3rd in the first inning with no outs but could not convert.
The Yaks plated a run on a sac fly from Connor Anderson in the bottom of the first. Yakima added another in the 4th and two in the 5th off of back to back RBIs from Kasey Bailey who tripled to deep center. Bailey then scored on an RBI single from Brandon Smith.
The Yaks also add on in the 6th to make it 5-0. Chris Petrosie scattered 8 hits in 7 innings for the Yaks and Dakota Weindell would come in to close the door in the 8th and 9th giving Yakima Valley a 5-0 win.
Yakima Valley will face Everett Friday at 4:35pm while Treasure Valley will take on Chemeketa in a loser out game at 9:35am.