PORTLAND - Walla Walla Community College's softball season ended in an NWAACC tournament single-elimination game here Monday.
The Warriors lost, 8-5, to Everett in the thrice-delayed game. They were originally supposed to play a double-elimination, but weather led to Monday's single-elimination schedule.
On Sunday, half of the game started about 30 minutes early, and four and a half innings were played through rain, said head coach Mike Staudenmaier.
The Warriors had three errors in those five innings, he said.
"We had bad breaks, and they (Everett) did a good job," he said. "Their pitcher (Joleen Monfiletto) threw well."
In the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors had the bases loaded and two outs.
"It was really pouring down, and then we came up and hit one right back to the pitcher," he said.
In the top of the fifth, before the game was called on rain delay, the Warriors missed a short ball near shortstop, then pitcher Elayna Van Hess walked a batter.
"We were stuck in the mud," Staudenmaier said of the "blooper" near shortstop.
"Finally, they called it, and we're thinking we shouldn't even be playing in the rain in the championship," he said.
So the Warriors headed back to their hotel, knowing they were down 7-2.
"It was just kind of bad circumstances," Staudenmaier said. "The thing about it is, the stress. Before (when it was double elimination), the kids knew that even though things didn't work out the way they wanted, they could work their way back in the loser's bracket, that they've still got time. But when we changed it to a single elimination, those kids sat around the whole night and had to sleep knowing that Monday morning, they only had three innings to do this."
Monday's play started off better. The rain let up and the weather was kind of nice, Staudenmaier said.
The game resumed in the top of the fifth inning.
"We gave up no runs, even though they had a couple of runners on," he said.
The Warriors' Shaila Rivers singled, then Bobadilla hit a two-run homer over the center-field fence on the first pitch.
"That was an absolute bomb," Staudenmaier said.
Danyelle Hutchinson walked, then stole second, and Kayla Hutcheson doubled, bringing Hutchinson home for the third score that inning.
"The kids were all excited, but they had a lot of work to do to make it up," he said of the new 7-5 ballgame.
The Warriors came close to scoring again that inning, when Hutcheson was at second base. Kelsie Didion hit a fly ball into the gap, but a Trojan outfielder went to her knees to make the catch.
"We were one foot away from tying the game," Staudenmaier said.
The defense also made solid plays, outing a runner at home, he said.
Everett's Alyse Weynar hit a one-run home run in the top of the seventh, closing scoring at 8-5.
"We couldn't pull it out," Staudenmaier said.
The Warriors traveled to Portland on Thursday, expecting to play their first game on Friday.
Although Everett defeated the Warriors, the Trojans couldn't hold on and lost to Clackamas, 5-2, in the next round.
Mount Hood won its second consecutive championship with a 7-4 defeat of Southwest Oregon.
The Warriors will lose nine players to graduation in June.
"We have some good kids coming back and some good kids coming in," Staudenmaier said. "That's life as a two-year. Every year, you get them right where you want them and then they leave.
"But it was a good year, with a good group of kids, and we've done good things for the program. I'm proud of them. After everything that happened, they came back and battled and tried to stay in there."
The Warriors finished the season 28-18.
And rain and weather aside, Staudenmaier and the players knew the game must go on.
"Even if it's not us, it's better that we tried to do something to crown a champion," he said.
Everett 042 100 1 - 8 11 1
WWCC 101 030 0 - 5 9 3
Monfiletto, Mahan (5) and Atterson. Van Hess, Bobadilla (7) and Rivers.
HR - EVCC: Wynar. WWCC: Bobadilla.
Hits - EV: Sherriff 3, Wynar 3, Jusko 2, Greig, Atterson, Stepro. WW: N. Leyland 2, Rivers 2, Bobadilla 2, Minnich, K. Hutcheson, D. Hutchinson.