WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College and Wenatchee Valley started from where they left off last season, when the Warriors and Knights finished as NWAACC East Region softball co-champions.
WWCC fought back from a two-run deficit with a five-run sixth to take a 7-4 win in the opener. The Warriors exploded for four home runs and 12 hits to sweep the twin bill with a 13-0 win in the night cap.
"We just did every thing right," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "We pitched well and swung the bats really well."
The Knights have won or shared the last six East Region crowns.
Kate Martell and Brandy Knowles each singled to lead off the Warrior second in the opener. Kelsey Locke's two-out double plated Martell, but Knowles was cut down at the plate on a Devin McNellis-to-Hailey Bator-to Riliey Cullip relay, leaving WWCC with a 1-0 lead after two.
McNellis tied it with a lead-off solo shot in the Knight fourth and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out infield single in the fifth.
Locke snuck one over the 205 mark in right centerfield to tie it at 2-2 in the Warrior fifth.
With two outs and two on in the Wenatchee sixth, Sarah Goodman hit a grounder that was misplayed and got through the infield. The Warrior outfield misplayed the grounder, allowing Goodman to reach third and chase both Knight runners home for a 4-2 Wenatchee lead.
"We had them, and had a ground ball," Staudenmaier said. "Then they score two off of it to go up 4-2. We had some good talks last week about what we're trying to accomplish this year. I wasn't worried as I knew we would be battling for the game."
Jill McDaniels led off the sixth for the Warriors and was hit by a pitch from southpaw Bator, who went all the way in the Knight circle.
"We needed to tie it up for sure," Locke said of the Warrior sixth. "What we were most nervous about these games, was we're ranked No. 1 (in the NWAACC) and they were ranked No. 2."
Martell followed McDaniels with a two-run bomb over the left field wall to get WWCC even. Knowles followed with a single and Sami Verity sacrificed Knowles, the go-ahead run, to second.
One out later, Locke, who was two-for-two with a double and a home run, stepped in. The Battle Ground, Wash., freshman lifted a high flyball to center that sailed out of the park for a go-ahead, two-run home run and the Warriors had command at 6-4.
"I ended up hitting another home run that got us ahead," Locke said. "I was just trying to score my runners."
Following a Knight error, Dara Kosanke ripped a RBI double and the Warriors took a 7-4 lead to the seventh.
Kosanke, who worked a complete game in the circle for the Warriors, gave up a seventh-inning single but struck out the last Knight hitter to preserve the 7-4 win. Kosanke scattered seven hits and recorded 11 strikeouts.
The Warriors wasted no time in the second game. Alicia Baker and McDaniels were hit by pitches and Martell emptied the bases with a shot over the right center fence for a 3-0 Warrior lead.
Locke culminated the five-run Warrior first with a two-run double. Locke, on the day pushed her hitting to a perfect four for four with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBIs.
"We started early as we wanted it more than we wanted the first game," Locke said of the Warrior start. "It's been awhile since I've hit that good and it feels pretty good to be back. We're glad we pulled out two wins."
The Warrior barrage continued in the second as McDaniels ripped a three-run home run and followed that with a monster two-run blast to left in the three-run Warrior third.
The Warrior 12-hit barrage was led by three hits from Knowles and two hits from Kosanke, including a home run. Kosanke, in the circle, picked up her second win of the day with a three-hit shut out.
"We had the talks last week," Staudenmaier said. "They figured out what they were doing wrong and what they needed to work on. The main thing was just coming to play no matter who you're playing. We wanted to take control of the division early and we got it done."
WWCC 11,10, Yakima Valley 1, 1
The Warriors brought their bats to the NWAACC East Region openers here Friday.
WWCC got a two-run home run from McDaniels to highlight a four-run Warrior first in the opener, and Yakima Valley never recovered.
Mercedes Pearson blasted a home run, Sami Verity and Kate Hawk added two hits each as the Warriors pounded out nine hits to win the opener 11-1.
Same song second verse as the Warriors exploded for nine runs in the third inning of the second game. Martell hit a three-run homer, Sami Verity blasted a solo shot, and Kosanke delivered a two-run single in the third-inning uprising.
After the weekend, the Warriors stand 4-0 in East Region play and travel to Spokane for a East doubleheader Friday.
"This was a big week end for us," Staudenmaier said. "We're sophomore dominated and we have a good club."
Friday's First Game
Yakima Valley 001 00 - 1 5 3
WWCC 432 2X - 11 9 3
McKinley, Slobig (4) and Cable; Kosanke and J. Verity.
HR - YVCC: Beach; WWCC: McDaniels, Kosanke, Pearson.
Hits - YVCC: Beach 2, Dunn, Bice 2; WWCC: Kosanke, McDaniels 2, Knowles, S. Verity, Hawk 2, Pearson.
Friday's Second Game
Yakima Valley 001 00 - 1 4 1
WWCC 109 0X - 10 5 2
Marbet and Cable; Kosanke, Martell (4) and J. Verity.
HR - WWCC: S. Verity, Martell.
Hits - YVCC: Cable 2, Marbet, Bice; WWCC: Kosanke 2, Martell 2, S. Verity.
Saturday's First Game
Wenatchee Valley 000 112 0 - 4 7 2
WWCC 010 015 X - 7 8 3
Bator and Cullip; Kosanke and J. Verity.
HR - WVCC: McNellis; WWCC: Martell, Locke 2.
Hits - WVCC: Thomas, Goodman, McNellis 2, Stanton, Kropp, Bator; WWCC: Martell 2, Knowles 2, Locke 3, Kosanke.
Saturday's Second Game
Wenatchee Valley 000 00 - 0 3 1
WWCC 533 2X - 13 12 1
Thomas, Bator (3), Thomas (4) and Cullip; Kosanke and J. Verity.
HR - WWCC: Martell, McDaniels 2, Kosanke.
Hits - WVCC: McNellis, Bator, Van Horne; WWCC: Martell, Knowles 3, S. Verity, Locke, Kosanke 2, Baker, McDaniels 2, Morton.