Warrior softball season ends at NWAACC tourney

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PORTLAND - Walla Walla Community College's softball season came to a disappointing end here Saturday during the second session of the NWAACC championships at Delta Park.

The Warriors were edged by Southwestern Oregon, 5-4, in an elimination game on Saturday after splitting two games on Friday. WWCC lost to Mt. Hood, 6-5, and slammed Shoreline, 11-3.

Walla Walla lost on Saturday despite three hits by Dara Kosanke. Only one of the five runs allowed by Warrior starting pitcher Katie Martell was earned.

The Warriors led 2-1 before giving up four runs in the sixth inning. Brandy Knowles got WWCC close in the last of the sixth with a two-run single.

On Friday, Mt. Hood pushed a run across in the seventh inning to claim the win. Jill McDaniels had three hits, including a home run, for Walla Walla. Kate Hawk had two hits and Martell drove in two runs.

Against Shoreline, Knowles and McDaniels had three hits apiece. Knowles had a home run while McDaniels socked two doubles and scored twice.

"I'm very proud of my team," said WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier, whose squad ended the year with a mark of 37-8. "They played extremely well and they should be proud of themselves. They had a good year. I will miss all of my sophomores (Kosanke, McDaniels, Martell, Alicia Baker, Sami and Josi Verity, and Mercedes Pearson) who gave me everything they had for the last two seasons."

SWOCC 5, WWCC 4

SWOCC 000 104 0 - 5 5 1

WWCC 001 102 0 - 4 9 2

Molina and Poteet; Martell and J. Verity.

HR - SWOCC: Poteet.

Hits - SWOCC: Molina, Eddy, Bowling, Nicholson, Poteet; WWCC: Kosanke 3, Knowles, Martell, S. Verity, Hawk, Pearson.

WWCC 11, Shoreline 3

WWCC 101 054 - 11 10 0

Shoreline 002 010 - 3 5 2

D. Christina, Lawhead (9) and Turner; Miller, Vetsch (3), Darling (5), Eck (6), Valley (8), Schmit (9), Askvig (9) and Chavarria.

HR - none.

Hits - WWCC: Schuck 2, Turner 2, Dixon 2, James 2, Knigge, Jordan, Salas, Kilpatrick; YVC: Thompson 2, Fife 2, Martinez, Padron, Chavarria, Wardian.

MT. HOOD 6, WWCC 5

Mt. Hood 030 011 1 - 6 11 2

WWCC 101 111 0 - 5 9 0

Devincenzi, Russell (6) and McCarthy; Kosanke and J. Verity.

HR - Mt. Hood: VanCleave, Ciu; WWCC: McDaniels.

Hits - Mt. Hood: Ciu 3, VanCleave 2, McLaughlin 2, Jett, Galusha, Abendschein, McCarthy; WWCC: McDaniels 3, Hawk 2, Kosanke, Knowles, Martell, S. Verity.

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