Walla Walla Community College suffered through a miserable Saturday here in NWAC non-conference softball action.
The weather delayed the completion of a scheduled noon start doubleheader until after 7:30 p.m.
And then there were the bats of Southwest Oregon. The Lakers pounded out 34 hits, including five home runs, in sweeping the twin bill 11-7 and 18-1.
In the opener, Southwest Oregon blasted three clutch home runs to down the Warriors 11-7. Shevan DeFreitas started the long ball party with a three-run shot in the first as the Lakers jumped to a 4-0 lead after one.
The Warriors made a second-inning run to get back into this one. Jacie McDaniels got the Warriors started with a double, Ashley Hicks knocked in one with a single, Anna Williams followed with a two-run double, and Mackenzie Watts capped the four-run rally with an RBI single. The Warriors narrowed the gap to 6-4 after two.
The Lakers answered with the long ball. Katelyn Rossback and Danielle Crocket both drilled two-run home runs in a four-run Southwest third and the lead swelled to 10-4 after three. The Warriors tacked on solo runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth, but DeFreitas blasted her second home run of the game, a solo shot in the sixth to put this one out of reach.
Williams with three hits and Erin Ware with two paced the Warriors in the first game loss.
DeFreitas, in the circle in the night cap for the Lakers, handcuffed the Warriors on three hits in her four innings of work. The Warriors got a run in the first on Ware’s RBI, but that was all as DeFreitas took over both in the circle and at the plate. DeFreitas pounded out five hits, including her third home run of the day, and drove in three runs to pace Southwest Oregon’s 20 hit attack.
Ware, Ashley Hicks, Lyndzie Parker, and Carli Taylor had the only hits for the Warriors.
The Warriors, 2-8, return to non-conference action when Lower Columbia visits on March 22.