WWCC softball picks up first league wins

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PENDLETON — Despite beginning the season in an 0-5 slump, Walla Walla Community College’s softball team has earned a share of second place in the NWAACC East Region after splitting its first league twin bill against Treasure Valley Friday and sweeping Blue Mountain Saturday.

The Warriors (3-1 in league and 5-7 overall) ended the opener against Blue Mountain in six innings with an 11-1 mercy-rule win and picked up a 6-4 win in the nightcap after surviving a late Timberwolves rally.

Cheyenne Kessler and Brook Simpson each had solo home runs in the opener.

WWCC won its opener against Treasure Valley 8-3 but was shut out in a 13-0, 4.5-inning loss in the nightcap.

“Knowing that Treasure Valley is a good program we knew that they would come back in game two ready to battle,” WWCC coach Mark Michaud said in an email. “We did not make the pitches or plays that we needed to in game two. Jessica Capson pitched a great game and we had trouble making the adjustments needed to get our offense going.”

Kessler had another home run in the opener against Treasure Valley.

The Warriors return to the field Friday for a home doubleheader at 4 p.m. against Yakima Valley.

Saturday

First Game

WWCC 000 416 — 11 7 0

BMCC 000 001 — 1 7 5

Moe and Snow. Brown, Rust (6) and R. Spencer.

HR — WWCC: Simpson, Kessler.

Hits — WWCC: Simpson 2, Gonzales, Hamilton, Kessler, Smith, Erm. BMCC: J. Spencer, Rust, Hernandez, Zellner 2, Cain, Brown.

Second Game

WWCC 110 121 0 — 6 7 1

BMCC 000 002 2 — 4 9 3

Smith and Kessler. Brown, Rust (4) and R. Spencer.

HR — BMCC: R. Spencer.

Hits — WWCC: Simpson, Pontarolo, Gonzales 2, Hamilton 2, Christian. BMCC: J. Spencer, Rust, Hernandez 2, R. Spencer, Zellner, Zarate, Hendley, Cain.

Friday

First Game

WWCC 021 010 4 — 8 11 3

TVCC 000 102 0 — 3 3 3

Moe and Snow. Bennett and Hathorn.

HR — WWCC: Kessler. TVCC: Carlson.

Hits — WWCC: Robillard 2, Simpson 2, Gonzales 3, Hamilton, Snow, Kessler, DeBaugh. TVCC: Carlson, Hathorn, Capson.

Second Game

WWCC 000 00 — 0 2 3

TVCC 350 5X — 13 13 0

Moe, Smith (2), Erm (4) and Snow. Capson and Carlson.

HR — TVCC: Cuellar, Forsberg.

Hits — WWCC: Simpson, Gonzales. TVCC: Hoagland 2, Stover 2, Barger 2, Bennett, Martin, Hathorn 2, Cuellar 2, Forsberg.

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