WWCC softball team moves to second place

WWCC sweeps Treasure Valley Friday and picks up two more wins on forfeit Saturday.


WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Community College women played 14 innings of softball the hard way in an NWAACC East Region softball doubleheader here Friday against Treasure Valley.

Walla Walla rallied from a one-run deficit to tie the first game in the bottom of the seventh, then defeated the Chukars, 7-6, in two extra frames.

The Warriors followed up the nine-inning affair by torching TVCC 11-3 in a five-inning, mercy-rule-shortened game two.

Warrior pitcher Elayna Van Hess started shakily in both games, surrendering a combined five runs on three first-inning homers before settling down.

Each time the Warriors started in a hole, they responded.

Natalie Leyland responded to the 3-0, gam one deficit by leading off with a single and a steal and two batters later Alexis Bobadilla hit her home via a two-run four-bagger to straightaway left field.

The Warriors tacked on two more runs in the third to tie the ball game at four, then Lyndsey Minnich vaulted the Warriors to their first lead of the game with a high home run off the top of the scoreboard in the fifth.

Treasure Valley responded with three straight hits and a sac fly in the sixth to regain the lead, 6-5.

Leyland drew a walk to start the Warriors' last chance in the seventh, moved to second on a Shaila Rivers sacrifice bunt, and swiped third on a wild pitch. Bobadilla's grounder to the right side of the infield scored Leyland from third and sent the game to extra innings.

Two innings later, Leyland scored the winning run on a Rivers RBI single to right.

Game two was an easier go for the home team. Down two after a half-inning, the Warriors scored four times on three extra base hits to take a first-inning lead they would never relinquish.

The Warriors tallied eight doubles in game two, going hitless just once, in the fourth.

The game ended in the fifth when Bobadilla's infield single plated Leyland from third.

"We hit the ball well. Everyone swung the bat well (Friday)," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said.

"I get a little nervous about giving up the first-inning runs, but I guess that's the way we do it around here," Staudenmaier chuckled. "But you know, you've got to come out and battle no matter what, whether it's the first inning or the fifth inning."

The Warriors also claimed wins Saturday over Blue Mountain by forfeit. The Timberwolves suffered a trio of season-ending injuries in a matchup with Columbia Basin Friday, leaving them with insufficient numbers to field a team.

WWCC is 24-15 for the season and 15-7 in region - good for second place.

The Warriors play in a doubleheader Friday at Yakima.

First Game

TVCC 301 002 000 - 6 13 0

WWCC 202 010 101 - 7 8 2

Christman and Harrison; Van Hess and Rivers.

HR - TVCC: Kirkness, Talbot; WWCC: Bobadilla, Minnich.

Hits - TVCC: Coles, Park 3, Talbot 2, Kirkness, Harrison 2, Christman 2, Brown 2; WWCC: N. Leyland 2, Rivers 2, Bobadilla, Minnich, Didion 2.

Second Game

TVCC 200 10 - 3 5 2

WWCC 413 03 - 11 15 0

Park and Harrison; Van Hess and Rivers.

HR - TVCC: Park, Kirkness.

Hits - TVCC: Park, Talbot, Kirkness, Harrison, Krivanec; WWCC: N. Leyland 2, Rivers 3, Bobadilla 3, Minnich 2, Jones, Didion 3, Haney.


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