WALLA WALLA - Dara Kosanke tossed a five-inning no-hitter, and Kate Hawk and Mercedes Pearson belted solo home runs, to help lead top-ranked and NWAACC Eastern Region-leading Walla Walla Community College to an 8-0 victory over league rival Columbia Basin in the first game of a collegiate softball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Field.
Kosanke threw a three-hitter in the nightcap and Brandy Knowles collected three hits as WWCC completed the sweep with a 5-1 triumph.
Walla Walla is now 13-1 in the East and 21-3 overall. The Warriors have won 16 of their last 17 games.
CBC loaded the bases with one out in the first inning of game one on a pair of walks and a hit batter. Brenda Rodriguez lifted a 3-1 delivery from Kosanke to right field that Knowles caught for the second out. She then threw home to nail Steph Hunter, who attempted to score from third on the play.
"When you're competing for a division title, you've got to have freshmen who can make big plays," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said.
Walla Walla took a 1-0 lead in their half of the first on an RBI single by Katie Martell.
Hawk hammered her home run to center with one out in the second inning and Kosanke added an RBI single to center to give Walla Walla a 3-0 lead after two.
A run-scoring infield single by Hawk in inning three put the Wariors in front 4-0.
Walla Walla scored three times in the fourth. Jill McDaniels ripped a two-run double to left and Sami Verity contributed a sacrifice fly to left field.
Pearson ended the game due to the eight-run mercy rule with a lead-off homer on the first pitch of the home fifth.
Kosanke ended up with seven strikeouts and retired the last 13 batters she faced.
Knowles staked the Warriors to a 1-0 edge in the first inning of the second game with a two-out, RBI single to left, and tomahawked a run-producing double to right in the fourth that broke a 1-1 tie and commenced a three-run rally.
"She's learning when to drive the ball and when not to drive it," Staudenmaier said. "She's getting better at pitch selection."
Hawk ripped an RBI double of her own in the fourth inning and Pearson gave WWCC a 4-1 lead with an RBI bunt single.
Alicia Baker brought in Walla Walla's final tally with an infield grounder in the sixth inning.
Kosanke fanned six in the nightcap.
"We played great defense and Dara pitched well," Staudenmaier said. "Sometimes you don't get as many runs as you would like, but wins are wins."
The Warriors continue league play with a pair of road doubleheaders this weekend. They play Yakima Valley Friday and Wenatchee on Saturday.
CBC 000 00 - 0 0 2
WWCC 121 31 8 11 0
Rodriguez and Perales. Kosanke and J. Verity.
HR - WWCC: Hawk, Pearson.
Hits - CBC: none; WWCC: McDaniels 2, Martell 2, Hawk 2, Kosanke, S. Verity, Locke, Tarin, Pearson.
CBC 010 000 0 - 1 3 2
WWCC 100 301 x - 5 9 0
Mulcare and Perales. Kosanke and Morton.
HR - none.
Hits - CBC: Chambers, Feser, Hunter; WWCC: Knowles 3, Hawk 2, Pearson 2, Tarin, Locke.