YAKIMA, Wash. -- Chuck Bodeen liked his Yakima Valley fastpitch team when it convened for preseason workouts. He liked it during the nonleague portion of its season, he liked it last weekend when it swept an East Region doubleheader at Big Bend and he likes it going into today’s twin-bill against Walla Walla.
Friday, though, the veteran coach didn’t like the way the Yaks played against Columbia Basin.
“We just didn’t play well,” Bodeen said after YVCC was swept 8-5 and 8-1 at Dunbar Field. “They (the Hawks) are good, don’t get me wrong. But we just did not play well.”
Friday’s losses left Yakima Valley 2-4 in the region and 8-8 overall. But they also left Bodeen still convinced that this YVCC squad has the potential to be the best of the eight he’s coached.
The Yaks had, after all, received votes in the most recent NWAACC coaches poll.
“No doubt,” he said. “Potentially we’re really a very good team. But it’s only potential until you actually do it.”
Friday, the Yaks seemed on the verge of doing it against a CBC team that hadn’t lost in region play and was ranked eighth in the NWAACC.
They scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to forge a 5-5 tie, only to have the Hawks answer with three runs in the top of the seventh.
“If we’d won that first game,” Bodeen said, “the second might have been completely different.”
On a day when YVCC played “flat,” according to its coach, Columbia Basin (6-0, 13-5) did just about everything right. The Hawks pounded out 25 hits, committed no errors and produced three sacrifice bunts plus a sacrifice fly.
They scored in nine of their 14 innings and had at least one hit in 12 of them, including all seven in the second game.
Yakima Valley’s tone was set on CBC’s very first at bat, when Bailey Walthers’ lazy fly to center was dropped for a two-base error. Walthers took third on another error and scored on a wild pitch.
Still, the Yaks were even through six innings of the opener when Ashley Reeves drove in one run with a single and Sadey Barnes plated another by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the seventh, however, JoAnna Quezada’s three-run triple put CBC back in front, and Yakima Valley was retired in order in the bottom of the inning.
Yaks designated hitter Ashley Van Tress, hitting ninth, was 3 for 3.
The second game got out of hand when a four-run third inning made it 5-0 and, after a single tally in the fourth, Brenda Rodriguez’s leadoff homer to left-center made it 7-1 in the fifth.
YVCC’s lone run against Prosser freshman Gabby Meza came in the fourth via leadoff singles from Courtney Cable and Samantha Boelter, a one-out walk to Josee’ Saldua that loaded the bases and a run-scoring groundout by Sadey Barnes.
“The thing is,” Bodeen said, “we’ve played very good softball all spring — we really have. Why we came out flat today, I truly don’t know.
“But I still really like this team.”
Today’s home doubleheader with Walla Walla (2-4, 4-14) is scheduled to start at noon.
Columbia Basin 100 301 3 — 8 11 0
Yakima Valley 010 202 0 — 5 10 3
Rodriguez, Meza (5) and Martinez; Reynolds and Reeves.
YVCC highlights: Kylie Harper 1-2, sac; Ashley Reeves RBI; Sadey Barnes RBI; Jessie Ihly 2b; Krysta Beach 1-3, run, sac, RBI; Kayla Weishaar 1-3, RBI; Ashley Van Tress 3-3, run.
Columbia Basin 104 110 1 — 8 14 0
Yakima Valley 000 100 0 — 1 7 1
Meza and Chambers; Shipley and Barnes.
YVCC highlights: Madison McGuire 1-1; Ashley Reeves 2-4, 2b; Samantha Boelter 2-2; Sadey Barnes RBI.