WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Community College Warrior softball team beat Chemeketa in both games in a doubleheader here Friday afternoon to open the season.
The first game was 9-1 and called under the mercy rule after the fifth inning, when the Storm went scoreless in the top of the fifth following their only score in the game in the fourth inning.
The second game was more balanced, ending at 3-2.
Warrior Alexis Bobadilla brought in Jill Haney and came home off a hit by Lyndsey Minnich for two scores in the third inning, and Kathryn Jones scored in the sixth off a hit by Natalie Leyland to win the game.
Chemeketa's scores came off the doubleheader's only home run, by Rachel Barnhardt, in the fourth inning. Makila Arazia scored in the sixth.
"It was a good win for us," said head coach Mike Staudenmaier. "Some of the teams in the southern Oregon region are really tough - that's why we want to bring them over here early to see where we're at."
Chemeketa is in Salem.
In the nightcap, freshman starting pitcher Bobadilla had some jitters, Staudenmaier said, but allowing only eight hits was a good indication of her potential.
"She gets into a rhythm," he said. "She had one homer, but she battled up and got us a win."
Although the first game wasn't close, Staudenmaier was glad for the contest in the second game.
"That's why we play them," he said "That's why they come here. They're better teams. This is a good win for us to start off with."
And it's a long season.
"We're going to have wins like these," Staudenmaier said. "We have 50 games. It's all got to click."
Chemeketa 000 10 - 1 2 0
Walla Walla 306 0 - 9 11 1
Leupitz, Cole (3) and Barnhardt. Van Hess and Rivers.
HR - none.
Hits - Chemeketa: Bochsler, Barnhardt; Walla Walla: N. Leyland 2, Bobadilla 2, Didion 2, Rivers, Minnich, Hutchison, Jones, Van Hess.
Chemeketa 000 101 0 - 2 6 0
Walla Walla 002 001 X - 3 9 0
Cole and Barnhardt. Bobadilla and Rivers.
HR - Chemeketa 1 (Barnhardt).
Hits - Chemeketa: Ruiz 2, Pynch, Towery, Barnhardt, Hoffman. Walla Walla: N. Leyland 2, Bobadilla 2, Minnich, Morrow, Jones, Haney.