WWCC demolishes Columbia Basin

Walla Walla Community College's softball team ends the regular season with a bang.

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PASCO - Walla Walla Community College's softball team ended its 2012 regular season here Saturday with a doubleheader demolition of NWAACC Eastern Region rival Columbia Basin.

The Warriors won the opener 14-0 and posted a 16-4 triumph in the nightcap. The eight-run mercy rule was enforced after five innings of both games.

WWCC finished league play 24-4, good for second place, and will take a 36-6 overall record into the NWAACC Championships which begin Friday at Delta Park in Portland.

Brandy Knowles led the Walla Walla cause with three hits in game one. Dara Kosanke, Jill McDaniels, Katie Martell, Sami Verity, and Kate Hawk added two hits apiece. Verity socked two home runs and McDaniels added a four-bagger.

Kosanke was stellar in the circle. She allowed just one hit and struck out 10.

Verity stroked three hits in game two. Kosanke, McDaniels, Knowles, Martell, Kaydee Tarin, Mercedes Pearson, and Alicia Baker had two hits each.

One of McDaniels' hits was her NWAACC-leading 17th home run.

"I was proud of the way we came out and focused in all aspects of the game," WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said. "We're looking to carry the momentum into next week."

Walla Walla is dedicating the remainder of its season to former assistant baseball coach Jack Smiley, who succumbed to cancer a couple of weeks ago, Staudenmaier said.

"He was a great human being," Staudenmaier said of Smiley, who was a WWCC assistant from 1990-94. "He was like a father figure and mentor to me."

Staudenmaier was on the Warrior baseball coaching staff with Smiley for the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

First Game

WWCC 424 13 - 14 16 1

CBC 000 00 - 0 1 2

Kosanke and J. Verity; Rodriguez, Mulcare (1), Garcia (3), Rodriguez (4) and Perales.

HR - WWCC: S. Verity 2, McDaniels.

Hits - WWCC: Knowles 3, Kosanke 2, McDaniels 2, Martell 2, S. Verity 2, Hawk 2, Tarin, Pearson, Baker; CBC: Chambers.

Second Game

WWCC 060 82 - 16 19 0

CBC 003 01 - 4 8 3

Kosanke and J. Verity; Mulcare, Garcia (2), Mulcare (4) and Perales.

HR - WWCC: McDaniels, Knowles, Tarin.

Hits - WWCC: S. Verity 3, Kosanke 2, McDaniels 2, Knowles 2, Martell 2, Tarin 2, Pearson 2, Baker 2, Hawk, Burke; CBC: Rodriguez 3, Perales 2, Hunter, Roeder, Martinez.

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