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NWAACC SOFTBALL - Mt. Hood CC takes down Everett 11-3 in Monday's finale
by: David Ball Mt. Hood's Amanda Bunch stomps on home plate after hitting the go-ahead home run to lead off the fifth inning Monday.

PORTLAND - The Mt. Hood Community College softball team survived a series of close calls throughout the tournament before turning on the after-burners and torching Everett 11-3 in the Northwest championship game Monday at Delta Park.

The Saints fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning of the finale, but wouldn't allow another run. Mt. Hood stormed back and took the lead in the fifth when Amanda Bunch led off with a drive to center field that sent Everett's outfielder crashing through the fence unable to stop the solo shot.

The Saints broke the game open in the sixth inning on a three-run dinger from Mai Galusha.

'You can be 0-for-3, but that fourth at-bat might be the game-changer - that's exactly what happened,' Saints' coach Meadow McWhorter said. 'We had the lead, but we knew we needed to get some more runs on the board.'

Kayla Anderson, a Barlow graduate, came on in relief in the first inning and finished with seven strikeouts. She was named co-Most Valuable Player along with Bunch.

Mt. Hood has won the last three NWAACC titles.

Look for extended coverage in the May 25 edition of The Outlook.