PASCO — Walla Walla won four times over the weekend to hike its Northwest Athletic Conference East Region softball record to 19-9.
The Warriors, 25-13 overall, are in fourth place in the East. They are four games behind first-place North Idaho (23-5) and just one game in back of third-place Wenatchee (19-7), the team they will see four times this week with a chance to move up in the standings.
Walla Walla visits Wenatchee Tuesday to complete a doubleheader that began April 5 but was rained out with the Warriors leading 5-1 in the first game. WWCC will then host the Knights Saturday in a twin bill to complete the regular-season series.
Big Bend currently sits second in the East at 24-6, 32-10 overall. The Vikings host Wenatchee Friday in a twin bill.
The Warriors swept Columbia Basin Saturday in Pasco after taking two games from last-place Yakima Friday on the Yaks’ home field.
WWCC tipped CBC 12-11 in nine innings in Saturday’s first game, then nipped the Hawks 4-0 in the nightcap on the strength of Rosie Cantu’s five-hit shutout.
Gabby Beckstrom sparked the offense in the second game Saturday with a home run, two singles, two runs batted in and one run scored.
Rylee Gentner added a pair of singles and one run scored, and Whitney Enriquez singled and scored and Tommy MacDonald singled home a run.
Caitlin Crist stroked two doubles, two singles and scored three times in the first game. Beckstrom had three more hits, including a pair of doubles, drove home four runs and scored three times.
And Kira Haskell belted a solo home run.
Brynnan Carpenter, Rhyanne Oates, Gentner and MacDonald added two hits each to the Warriors’ 16-hit attack.
The Warriors routed the Yaks 11-1 and 9-0 on Friday.
Crist, Beckstorm, Enriquez and Cantu had two hits each in the opener, with Beckstrom and Cantu knocking in two runs each and Crist, Enriquez and Gentner scoring three times each.
Cantu pitched all five innings of the mercy-rule game, allowing one run on four hits while striking out eight.
Oates, Beckstrom, Haskell, Enriquez and Gentner had two hits apiece in the second game. One of Haskell’s hits was a double, and she drove in two runs.
Courtney Call pitched all five innings and blanked the Yaks on two hits. She struck out four and walked one.
Columbia Basin saw its record dip to 11-17 in league and 14-8 overall. The Hawks are at Treasure Valley Friday and at Blue Mountain Saturday.
The Yaks, who lost twice in Big Bend Friday, take a 0-24 East record, 2-27 overall, into a pair of games Tuesday at North Idaho. Yakima is at home to Spokane on Friday.
Saturday’s First Game
Giles, Miller (7), Call (8) and Buffo; Brown and Macias.
HR — WWCC, Haskell; CBC, Cissne.
Hits — WWCC: Crist 4, Becksstrom 3, Haskell, Carpenter 2, Gentner 2, MacDonald 2, Oates 2; CBC: Lopez 3, Cissne 4, Camacho 4, Koszykowski, Sallas 3, Brown.
Saturday’s Second Game
Cantu and Buffo; Hoke and Macias.
HR — WWCC, Beckstrom.
Hits — WWCC: Buffo, Beckstrom 3, Enriquez, Gentner 2, MacDonald, Oates; CBC: Lopez, Camacho, Sallas, Brown 2.
Friday’s First Game
Cantu and Buffo. Jones and Carpenter.
Hits: WWCC: Crist 2, Beckstrom 2, Enriquez 2, Cantu 2; Yakima: West, Lokeni, Carpenter, Mattila.
Friday’s Second Game
Call and Miller; Jones and Sparks.
Hits: WWCC: Oates 2, Beckstrom 2, Haskell 2, Enriquez 2, Gentner 2, Crist, Giles, MacDonald; Yakima: Jones, Walker.