Push has come to shove for the Yakima Valley Community College baseball and fastpitch teams.
The baseballers host Spokane for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at Parker Field and need a sweep to retain hope for an East Region regular-season championship and the automatic NWAACC tournament berth that goes with it.
Coach Marcus McKimmy’s Yaks (17-7 region, 27-13 overall) trail first-place Treasure Valley by two games with four remaining. The Chukars (32-8 overall) visit Walla Walla (17-7, 25-15) for a Wednesday twin-bill.
YVCC and Treasure Valley will then conclude the regular season Saturday with a doubleheader at TVCC in Ontario, Ore.
The regular-season titlist hosts the region playoffs May 17-19, in which the regular-season champion has an automatic NWAACC bid but must play for tournament seeding. The second, third and fourth-place teams compete for one remaining tourney bid.
The Yaks have won seven of their last eight.
Coach Chuck Bodeen’s fastpitch squad (13-13 East, 24-19 overall), meanwhile, is one game back of Treasure Valley for the East’s final playoff berth with two regular-season games remaining.
The bad news is that those games are against Wenatchee Valley, the No. 1-ranked team in the NWAACC and the region leader at 25-1 in the East, 38-3 overall and riding a 19-game winning streak.
So the Yaks need to beat WVC, led by pitching ace Hailey Bator of Cle Elum, at least once and hope Treasure Valley (14-12, 19-19) loses at least one of its home games against Blue Mountain (4-22, 7-34).
Bator, a sophomore left-hander, has signed a letter of intent to pitch next season at Washington.