WWCC slaps Wenatchee Valley with NWAACC East softball sweep

Wenatchee had a one-game lead over WWCC in the Eastern Region before the Warriors took two from the Knights, 2-1 and 5-3.

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WALLA WALLA - Visiting Wenatchee Valley came to Warrior Field Friday for a community college softball doubleheader against Walla Walla with the NWAACC's top ranking and a one-game lead in the Eastern Region standings over the Warriors.

WWCC's Dara Kosanke and her teammates saw to it that the Knights left town in second place.

Kosanke tossed a pair of seven-inning complete games to help lead the Warriors to a sweep, 2-1 and 5-3.

Walla Walla, No. 3 in the latest NWAACC poll, was 13-3 in league and 23-8 overall prior to a pair of league games with Yakima Valley on Saturday at WWCC.

Wenatchee slipped to 12-4 and 26-4.

"I'm so proud of our girls," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "To sweep an outstanding team like Wenatchee is quite an achievement. They have tremendous athletes and are a very well-coached team."

The Warriors tallied the day's first run in the opening inning of game one when Katie Martell delivered an RBI single to right-center field.

Wenatchee tied the game in the top half of the fifth inning on a one-out home run to left by Ashley Van Horne.

WWCC scored what proved to be the game-winning run in its half of the fifth. Kosanke led off with an infield single, went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a Kaylie Winston sacrifice bunt, and came across on a grounded single to center by Alexis Bobadilla.

Kosanke struck out five and allowed an equal number of hits.

"We did just enough offensively and Dara threw an outstanding game," Staudenmaier said.

The Knights used solo home runs by Kaylee Larson and Kelsie DeBroeck in the second inning of the nightcap to forge a 2-0 edge, and added another run in the fifth on a double steal.

It appeared the run support would be more than enough for Wenatchee pitcher Sydnee Jerome, who allowed just two hits over the first five innings.

Then came the sixth inning.

The Warriors rallied with five runs on six hits. Bobadilla got WWCC on the board with a run-scoring single, Jill McDaniels tied the score on a looping two-run single to right, Martell belted an RBI double to left, and Sami Verity slashed a one-run single to center.

"Our offense suddenly showed signs of life," Staudenmaier said. "We had some great at-bats in that inning."

Kosanke allowed just 12 hits on a day in which both teams played errorless ball.

"I'm glad to have an awesome defense behind me," Kosanke said. "I know they'll always have my back."

When asked afterward if her arm was good for seven more innings, Kosanke replied, "If we had a third game, I'd try."

First Game

WVC 000 010 0 - 1 5 0

WWCC 100 010 x - 2 6 0

Greenough and Ellis; Kosanke and Winston.

HR - WVC: Van Horne.

Hits - WVC: Sandhop, Stuart, Van Horne, Joliffe, Stanton; WWCC: Martell, Pearson, McDaniels, S. Verity, Kosanke, Bobadilla.

Second Game

WVC 020 010 0 - 3 7 0

WWCC 000 005 x - 5 8 0

Jerome and Ellis; Kosanke and Winston.

HR - WVC: Larson, DeBroeck.

Hits - WVC: DeBroeck 2, Stuart 2, Larson, Van Horne, Rydman; WWCC: Bobadilla 2, Pearson 2, Kosanke, McDaniels, Martell, S. Verity.

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