Viking softball earns split with Walla Walla; still atop NWAC East

Vikings softball team earns split over Walla Wall. They are still sitting at the top of the NWAC East Region standings.

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After dropping the first game of the doubleheader, Big Bend softball battled back to earn a split over Walla Walla Community College on the road Tuesday afternoon. 

With the win, the Vikings improve to 16-4 overall and 10-2 in the Northwest Athletic Conference's East Region. As of Wednesday morning, BBCC sits atop the East Region standings ahead of Wenatchee Valley (7-2), North Idaho (9-3), and Spokane (5-4).

Big Bend 1, Walla Walla 3

The Big Bend batters were held to just 3 hits by Walla Walla's Abby Giles in Game 1 and could only muster 1 run in the loss. Lynsey Valverde drove in the run with an RBI-single in the 5th inning.

Pitcher Bailey Christensen threw well enough to win scattering 9 hits and walking just one in 7 innings of work. The Warriors did have 3 doubles that accounted for their scoring.

Big Bend 10, Walla Walla 8

The Vikings bats caught fire early in the second game as they scored all 10 of their runs in the first 3 innings. Walla Walla pulled within a pair of runs in the 4th inning scoring 4, but neither scored in the final three frames.

Alyssa Ray picked up the win on the mound for BBCC — her 5th of the season — giving up 6 hits in 3.2 innings of work before Christensen came in and earned the save holding Walla Walla scoreless over the final 3.1 innings.

Lynsey Valverde and Aubree Barney each added a long ball offensively. It was the 10th of the season for Valverde and the 3rd for Barney. Barney also drove in 4 runs with Valverde adding 2 RBIs and Courtney Williams also driving in a pair.

Big Bend softball heads to Wenatchee Valley on Saturday and will hit the road again on Tuesday (April 9) for a game at Spokane. The Vikings will finally play their first home game of the season next week on Friday when they are scheduled to host North Idaho Friday, April 12th.