WALLA WALLA — Kaitlin Erm tossed a five-hitter Saturday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Blue Mountain in the first game of an NWAACC Eastern Region softball doubleheader at Warrior Field.
The Warriors rode an eight-run fifth inning and outstanding relief pitching by Kate Hawk to a 10-4 triumph in the nightcap.
On Friday WWCC, now 4-12 on the season, opened league play at home with losses to Treasure Valley, 12-11 and 19-10.
“We bounced back well after a couple of disappointing losses on Friday,” WWCC coach Mike Staudenmaier said. “These were two wins we desperately needed and were able to corral.”
Walla Walla gave Erm all the offensive support she would need in the first inning. Brandy Knowles drove in the first run with an infield single, Misa Gonzalez made it 2-0 with an infield grounder, Brook Simpson launched a run-scoring triple to right field, and Kendyl Hamilton delivered an RBI hit to left.
The Warriors extended their lead to five, 6-1, with a pair of runs in the third on a single to center by Sam Robillard.
WWCC picked up its final run in the home half of the sixth inning on a Gonzalez double to left-center.
“Kaitlin threw a solid game,” Staudenmaier said. “It was great to be able to get a four-run cushion right off the bat.”
Knowles gave Walla Walla a 1-0 edge in game two with a first-inning triple. Gonzalez contributed a run-producing ground ball later in the frame.
Blue Mountain tallied four runs on five hits in the second inning off of Erm, but managed just three hits against Hawk over the final five-and-a-third innings.
The Warriors pulverized Timberwolves’ pitching during their fifth-inning bonanza that was spiced by nine hits. Hawk brought WWCC within one, 4-3, with an RBI triple, and Simpson and Robillard followed with run-scoring singles. Another run crossed on Robillard’s hit when it was mishandled in the outfield.
Paige Pontarolo added a two-run single, Karly Hudelson stroked an RBI groundout, and Gonzalez ripped a one-run double down the left-field line to end the rally.
“We had an inning to remember,” Staudenmaier said. “We swung the bats very well. It was the kind of offensive output that this team is capable of.”
The Warriors play at defending league champion Wenatchee on Friday. They travel to Yakima Valley on Saturday.
WWCC 7, BMCC 2
BMCC 001 010 0 — 2 5 3
WWCC 402 001 X — 7 7 0
Brown and Spendlove; Erm and Simpson.
HR — BMCC: Stephens, Christianson.
Hits — BMCC: Christianson 2, Villalobos, Stephens, Spendlove; WWCC: Hamilton 2, Hudelson, Knowles, Simpson, Robillard, Gonzalez.
WWCC 10, BMCC 4
BMCC 040 000 0 — 4 9 1
WWCC 200 080 X — 10 12 2
Wells, Park (2), Wells (5) and Spendlove; Erm, Hawk (2) and Simpson.
HR — BMCC: Christianson.
Hits — BMCC: Christianson 2, Chinadle 2, Parsons, Villalobos, Stephens, Spendlove, Wells; WWCC: Knowles 2, Hawk 2, Simpson 2, Gonzalez 2, Hamilton, Lawson, Robillard, Pontarolo.
TVCC 12, WWCC 11
TVCC 430 311 0 — 12 14 2
WWCC 201 230 3 — 11 13 3
Wood, Hattrup (5), Weaser (7) and Martarano; Hawk and Simpson.
HR — TVCC: Barger 2, Stover, Rule; WWCC: Robillard.
Hits — TVCC: Brager 2, Stover 2, Rule 2, Martarano 2, Michaelis 2, Carlson, Forsberg, Wood, Hattrup; WWCC: Gonzalez 3, Knowles 2, Hamilton 2, Robillard 2, Pontarolo, Hudelson, Simpson, Hawk.
TVCC 19, WWCC 10
TVCC 150 030 (10) — 19 16 0
WWCC 203 120 2 — 10 7 8
Weaser, Forsberg (5), Wood (5) and Martarano; Hawk, Robillard (7) and Simpson.
HR — TVCC: Barger; WWCC: Simpson 2, Gonzalez, Hudelson, Knowles.
Hits — TVCC: Barger 4, Hoagland 4, Martarano 3, Stover 2, Wood, Michaelis, Carlson; WWCC: Gonzalez 2, Knowles 2, Simpson 2, Hudelson.