WWCC opens with pair of softball victories

The Warriors rally for a 7-6 win over Douglas and crush Lower Columbia, 10-5.

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RICHLAND - Walla Walla Community College opened its 2012 softball season here Saturday with a pair of victories in its annual NWAACC preseason tournament at the Columbia Playfields.

The Warriors rallied from behind for a 7-6 win over Douglas and built a 9-0 lead after two innings in a 10-5 doubling of Lower Columbia.

WWCC trailed 3-0 in the second inning of Saturday's opener before Jill McDaniels hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the frame.

Walla Walla was behind 6-1 after four-and-a-half innings before scoring two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Mercedes Pearson brought home one of the fifth-inning runs with a bunt single.

A Dara Kosanke single in the sixth drove in the tying run and Pearson doubled in Kosanke for the game winner.

Kosanke, Pearson, and Kelsey Locke paced the Warriors with two hits apiece.

WWCC tallied nine hits and nine runs in the first two innings against LCC. Brandy Knowles started a four-run first inning with an RBI single and McDaniels belted a three-run homer.

Knowles and Katie Martell delivered two-run singles in a five-run second and McDaniels connected for an RBI single.

McDaniels knocked in Walla Walla's final run with a single in the third inning.

In all, the Warriors collected 23 hits on the day.

"I'm happy with the wins, but not happy with the way we played," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "We're fortunate that we have a veteran club that knows how to win, but we need to play better. That is what the pre-league season is for."

The Warriors end tourney play today with games against Olympic at 1 p.m. and Chemeketa at 3 p.m.

First Game

Douglas 031 200 - 6 8 2

WWCC 010 024 - 7 10 6

Myre and Milford; Kosanke and J. Verity.

HR - Douglas: Mardel, Myre; WWCC: McDaniels.

Hits - Douglas: Mardel 2, Wilson, Wessel, Myre, Milford, Spargo, Veffers; WWCC: Kosanke 2, Pearson 2, Kelsey Locke 2, McDaniels, Martell, S. Verity, Schamber.

Second Game

L. Columbia 005 210 - 8 11 2

WWCC 451 00x - 10 13 0

Gaa, Snow (3) and Schuster; Martell, Kosanke (3) and Morton.

HR - Lower Columbia: Zbaeren 2, Hendrickson, Schuster, Gaa; WWCC: McDaniels.

Hits - Lower Columbia: Zbaeren 3, Hendrickson 2, Schuster 2, Gaa 2, Saithard, Dawson; WWCC: Kosanke 3, McDaniels 3, Knowles 2, Martell 2, Kate Haak 2, S. Verity.

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