WALLA WALLA - The sixth inning proved to be pivotal in both ends of a NWAACC East Region softball twin bill here Tuesday night.
Walla Walla Community College wiped out a 4-3 Columbia Basin lead with a five-spot in the sixth of the opener, and went on to post an 8-5 win.
The Hawks fought back from a 2-1 deficit with a four-run sixth in the nightcap to earn a split with a 6-3 win.
The opener was a back-and-forth tussle.
The Hawks scored first with a second-inning run. The Warriors answered as Kathryn Jones tripled in Danyelle Hutchinson, who led off the Warrior second with a single. to tie the game at 1-1 after two.
In the third, an Amanda Hall two-out RBI double gave CBC a 2-1 lead.
Singles by Natalie Leyland and Alexis Bobadilla led to two Warrior runs in the home third as WWCC claimed a 3-2 lead.
Breezy Lounsbury drove in the tying run for CBC in the top of the fourth. Sara Bakos' single plated the go-ahead Hawks run in the visitor's sixth inning, as CBC took a 4-3 lead.
Kelsie Didion started the Warrior sixth with a one-out single. The Hawks tried to get Jill Haney, who came in to run for Didion, on Ashley Morrow's sacrifice bunt, but Haney beat the throw to second.
Leyland then hit a grounder to short, Haney beat the throw to third and the bases were loaded for Shaila Rivers. Rivers drove a double to the left-center gap and all three base runners scooted home.
Bobadilla then doubled in Rivers and the Warriors took command with an 8-4 lead after six inning.
Elayna Van Hess finished her complete-game effort by stopping a Hawk seventh-inning rally and WWCC had the 8-5 win.
"We had some big hits and Elayna pitched pretty good," Warriors coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "Shaila got a big hit there (in the sixth)."
In game two, Kayla Hutcheson staked the Warriors to a 2-0 lead with a towering, two-run second-inning shot to center - the first of her three hits on the game.
It looked as if that would be all Bobadilla would need in the circle for WWCC. She had a no-hitter through four, and took a two-hitter and a 2-1 lead to the sixth.
Michelle Wheeler led off the Hawk sixth with a single, and the wheels came off for the Warriors.
Three physical errors and one mental error - the Warriors failed to cover first on a sac bunt - later, and the Hawks had scored four times to take a 5-2 lead.
"We played well except for one inning," Staudenmaier said. "We just handed them the game. You can't do that defensively."
Sarah O'Brien tagged on a Hawk insurance run with a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Bobadilla drove home a Warrior run with a seventh-inning double, but Wheeler completed her complete-game five-hitter with her fifth strikeout as CBC earned the split with a 6-3 decision.
"Alexis pitched well," Staudenmaier added. "But when you don't take care of the ball and give them five unearned runs, you can't win."
The Warriors drop to 8-6 in the East Region and travel to Selah for a non-conference crossover tournament this weekend.
"We've got to keep battling," Staudenmaier said. "We've got the weekend to try and figure some things out."
CBC 011 101 1 - 5 8 1
WWCC 012 005 x - 8 9 1
Molsbarger and Lounsbury; Van Hess and Rivers.
HR - none.
Hits - CBC: Brummett 2, O'Brien, Hall, Lounsbury, S. Bakos, Molsbarger, T. Bakos; WWCC: N. Leyland 2, Hutchinson, Jones, Bobadilla 2, Rivers 2, Didion.
CBC 000 014 1 - 6 6 2
WWCC 020 000 1 - 3 5 4
M. Wheeler and E. Wheeler; Bobadilla and Rivers.
HR - WWCC: Hutcheson.
Hits - CBC: O'Brien 3, Hall, M. Wheeler, Molsbarger; WWCC: Hutcheson 3, Bobadilla, Rivers.