Warriors complete 3-1 weekend of softball

The WWCC softball team splits with Southwestern Oregon Saturday, and then sweeps Everett on Sunday.

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College swept Everett Sunday to complete a 3-1 weekend of softball play.

The Warriors earned 11-10 and 7-0 wins over the Trojans, a day after WWCC split with Southwestern Oregon, dropping the opener 15-10 before bouncing back for a 6-1 victory.

On Sunday, WWCC answered Everett's six-run ninth inning with three runs of its own for the victory in the opener.

Dara Kosanke had three hits in the game for the Warriors to help her complete game in the circle.

In the nightcap Sunday, WWCC picked up solo runs in the second and third innings before exploding for five in the fourth to cruise to the victory.

Katie Martell gave up eight hits in the shutout for the Warriors.

On Saturday, WWCC played some less-than-perfect defense in a first game 15-10 loss to Southwestern Oregon here Saturday in NWAACC non-conference softball action.

The Warriors bounced back behind the pitching of Martell and a 10-hit attack, to pull out a 6-1 win in the second game and earn a split of the twin bill.

Jill McDaniels blasted a grand slam home run in the Warrior third of the opener as WWCC overcame a 5-2 deficit and grabbed a 6-5 lead after three.

The Lakers responded by scoring in each of the last four innings, and the Warriors couldn't keep up. The Lakers, aided by WWCC's four errors which led to six unearned runs, posted a 15-10 win.

"We didn't play good defense and our pitching was shaky," Warrior coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "We got the lead (following McDaniels' grand slam), but couldn't hold it. We would creep back into the game, just to give up a walk or make a defensive mistake."

Kosanke and Alicia Baker each had two hits for the Warriors, but it wasn't enough to overcome the four errors and the four-for-four hitting of Michele Poteet.

Martell took the circle for the Warriors in the night cap and righted the Warrior ship. Martell gave up a run in the first, but blanked the Lakers the rest of the way to pitch WWCC to a split of the doubleheader.

Martell went the distance, scattered nine hits, and struck out six in earning the 6-1 win.

Sami Verity's three-run second-inning home run gave the Warriors a 3-1 lead and was all the support Martell would need.

KayDee Tarin added a home run and Kosanke, Kate Hawk, and Verity each collected two hits to pace the Warrior 10-hit attack.

"The kids came back after a disastrous first game," Staudenmaier said. "Katie Martell pitched tremendous as she pitched ahead and pitched smart. I'm proud of her for stepping up for us."

The Warriors stand 8-2 on the season.

Saturday's First Game

SW Oregon 320 342 1 - 15 17 3

WWCC 204 121 0 - 10 8 4

Molina and Poteet; Kosanke, Locke (6) and Morton.

HR - SWOCC: Molina; WWCC: McDaniels.

Hits - SWOCC: Gregory 2, Simonis 2, Poteet 4, Nicholson 3, Molina 2, Penner, Eddy 2, Bowling; WWCC: Kosanke 2, Pearson, McDaniels, Knowles, Martell, Baker 2.

Saturday's Second Game

SW Oregon 100 000 0 - 1 9 1

WWCC 031 101 X - 6 10 0

Ripa, Molina (6) and Peckham; Martell and J. Verity.

HR - WWCC: Tarin, S. Verity.

Hits - SWOCC: Gregory 3, Simonis 2, Ripa 2, Bowling 2; WWCC: Kosanke 2, Pearson, McDaniels, Tarin, Hawk 2, S. Verity 2, Baker.

Sunday's First Game

Everett 000 220 6 - 10 13 0

WWCC 251 000 3 - 11 12 2

Carillo, Surratt (2) and Herrington. Kosanke and J. Verity.

HR - Eve: DesBienes.

Hits - Eve: James 2, Surratt 2, Helm 2, DesBiens 2, Luevna 3, Reimer 2. WWCC: Kosanke 3, Baker, McDaniels 2, Martell, Anderson, Knowles, S. Verity, J. Verity, Pearson.

Sunday's Second Game

Everett 000 000 0 - 0 8 1

WWCC 011 500 X - 7 8 1

Surratt and Herrington. Martell and Burke, Morton.

HR - WWCC: Martell.

Hits - Eve: James, Hanratty, Surratt 2, Vye, DesBiens 2, Reimer. WWCC: Baker, McDaniels, Martell, Knowles, Hawk, S. Verity, Pearson.

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