WWCC softball team sends Everett home winless

The Warriors win the first game 12-1 on the mercy rule, then hitters battle to a 13-12 sweep.

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College's softball team capped an undefeated weekend Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Everett at Warrior Field.

WWCC tore up the Trojans, 12-1, in the first game - called after four-and-a-half innings due to the mercy rule.

Katie Martell belted a two-run home run to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two as Walla Walla completed the sweep with a 13-12 victory.

The Warriors improved to 4-0 with Saturday's triumphs.

WWCC broke a scoreless tie in game one with a five-run second inning. Mercedes Pearson looped a single to left field to plate the first run, Dara Kosanke blooped a two-RBI double into left, and Alexis Bobadilla concluded the uprising with a two-run triple.

All of the runs scored with two outs.

Walla Walla added four runs in the third. Alicia Baker and Pearson connected for run-scoring singles, and Shelbi King rattled the left-center fence with a double that plated a pair.

King contributed a two-run home run to left-center as part of a three-run Warrior surge in the fourth inning.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the nightcap before WWCC halved the deficit in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Bobadilla.

Each team scored a run in the fourth. Kosanke registered Walla Walla's tally with a single.

The Warriors took their first lead of the game in the fifth inning due to a five-run blitz. Baker lifted a sacrifice fly, the tying run crossed on an error, and Kosanke unknotted the score with a three-run bomb that put WWCC in front 8-5.

Everett took a 12-8 lead in the sixth inning with seven unearned runs. The Trojans were aided by four Warrior errors.

Bobadilla got one back for the Warriors in the home sixth with a lead-off home run to left.

A two-run double by Bobadilla in the seventh drew Walla Walla within one, 12-11, prior to Martell's long fly over the right-field fence.

Kosanke ended the day with seven hits in eight at-bats. Bobadilla added four safeties.

"It was a good comeback win for a young team like that," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said of game two. "We have good chemistry and a group of battlers.

"In the second game, we played bobbly ball in that sixth inning," Staudenmaier said. "But we didn't drop our heads and found a way to win."

The Warriors travel to Vancouver next weekend for an inter-regional tournament to be hosted by Clark Community College.

First Game

Everett 000 01 - 1 3 1

WWCC 054 3x - 12 14 1

Milless, Helm (4) and Zenger; Bobadilla and Winston.

HR - WWCC: King.

Hits - Everett: Post, Ivelia, Bosse; WWCC: Kosanke 3, King 3, Winston 2, S. Verity 2, Pearson 2, Bobadilla, Baker.

Second Game

Everett 301 107 0 - 12 13 3

WWCC 002 151 4 - 13 13 5

Johnson, Suratt (5), Milless (7) and Allen; Kosanke, Bobadilla (6) and Sampson, Winston (7).

HR - WWCC: Bobadilla 2, Kosanke, Martell.

Hits - Everett: Webster 3, Will 3, Allen 2, Suratt 2, Ivelia, Bosse, Reimer; WWCC: Kosanke 4, Bobadilla 3, Seley 2, Martel 2, McDaniels, Pearson.

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