Vikings rebound from Game 1 loss to earn split with Walla Walla

Softball picks up its 20th win of the season splitting doubleheader with Walla Walla.

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After dropping Game 1 to Walla Walla on Tuesday afternoon, Big Bend softball rebounded with a vengeance in Game 2 dropping the Warriors 11-2 in a run-rule win. It was the 20th win of the season for the Vikings who are still in the hunt for a region title in the bottlenecked Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) eastern region.

Big Bend 3, Walla Walla 6

Things got off to a promising start in Game when Aubree Barney hit a 3-run blast that gave the Vikings the early lead, 3-1, in the Bottom of the 1st inning. However, Walla Walla pitcher Abby Giles settled in from their allowing just 3 more hits over the final 6 innings while her offense scored 2 runs in the 5th inning and 3 runs in the 6th inning to pick up the win in Game 1.

Viking starting pitcher Alyssa Ray gave up 10 hits (2 home runs) and issued 3 walks in the loss.

Big Bend 11, Walla Walla 2

Coach Mike Garoutte's between game speech must have been inspiring because the Vikings were on a mission in Game 2.

Led offensively by big home runs from Lynsey Valverde (13th of the season) and Taryn Matthews (7th of the season), Big Bend also took advantage of four fielding errors to help take the 11-2 win.

Valverde (2 RBIs), Maya Saneishi (2 runs scored), and Aubree Barney (double), each had a pair of hits while Matthews picked up 3 RBIs with her round-tripper.

Game 2 starter Bailey Christensen picked up her 15th win of the season scattering 5 hits over 5 innings for the complete game win. The win puts Christensen tied in fourth place for the most wins in the NWAC.

Big Bend (20-6 in NWAC) will have a few days off before returning to the diamond Friday to host Columbia Basin College (11-12) and again on Saturday hosting cellar-dwelling Yakima Valley (0-20 in NWAC) and Saturday.