PASCO — Columbia Basin rallied from a seven-run deficit to hand Walla Walla a 10-9 defeat in the second game of a Northwest Athletic Conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday.
Coupled with a 6-2 loss in the opener, WWCC slips to 10-22 overall and 4-10 in the East Region.
“I was very proud of how we responded to the first-game loss,” Warrior coach Shawna Juarez said. “The girls came out and absolutely smashed the ball and played well together. It was an unfortunate ending, but we are thankful for many more games to be played.”
Jacie McDaniels blasted two home runs in the nightcap and Baily Bennett added one of her own, but it wasn’t enough as Columbia Basin’s Clarissa Vela hit a walk-off single in the ninth.
Walla Walla opened a 5-0 lead after the top of the third before the Hawks scored two in the home third. The Warriors added three more in the sixth, but were held scoreless over the final three innings.
McDaniels went 4-for-5 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored. Bennett, who started in the circle, surrendered nine runs on 16 hits with 11 strikeouts and seven walks over 7 1-3 innings.
CBC scored two runs apiece in the first, fourth and fifth innings of the opener.
Cheyenne Kessler drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning to run the score to 6-2.
Walla Walla hosts Yakima on Friday at 2 p.m.