Walla Walla Community College

Warriors split twin-bill with Columbia Basin

The Walla Walla Community College softball team split with Columbia Basin on Tuesday in a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader at Warrior Field.

Walla Walla won the opener 6-4, before CBC rallied to take the nightcap, 12-3.

With the split, WWCC sits 8-15 overall and 2-5 in East Region play. The Hawks go to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in the East.

Game one starter Baily Bennett tossed all seven innings, allowing just one run to cross in the first, third, sixth and seventh, respectively. Bennett, along with catcher Jacie McDaniels, boosted the offense with a home run apiece.

“Baily Bennett and Jacie McDaniels worked cohesively together and it made a major impact on their batters,” WWCC coach Shawna Juarez said. “Baily did a phenomenal job on the mound and Jacie was extremely solid behind the plate.”

The Warriors finished with 11 hits in the game, as Miranda Smith and McKenzie Mullins both collected two hits.

“We absolutely crushed the softball,” Juarez said. “It was a complete team win and every individual contributed. Every athlete hit the ball hard and played exceptional defense. My entire lineup hit the ball very well.”

The Warriors ran into trouble in the third inning of the nightcap, as CBC plated four runs to take a 5-1 lead. WWCC rallied with two runs in the bottom of the third, but the Hawks added on with six runs in the fifth.

Smith added two hits in the second game and Bennett added two as well, including a double.

Walla Walla travels to face Spokane on Saturday.

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