Softball: Suns sweep Falcons in 6-hour marathon doubleheader

March 29, 2013 

The Hanford Falcons and Southridge Suns broke open the Mid-Columbia Conference softball season Friday with a barrage of hits — and runs.

In a doubleheader that went almost six hours, the host Suns prevailed 18-17 and 23-22.

“They were two unbelievable games,” Southridge coach Eric Weisgerber said. “I don’t even know what to say. It was unreal.”

The teams amassed 61 hits on the day, and pitchers Sarah Gilliam (Southridge) and Kadi Patterson (Hanford) went the distance in both games.

Gilliam helped the Suns take Game 1 when she smacked a walkoff two-run home run with no outs in the seventh.

In the second game, the Suns battled back from a nine-run deficit, and Kendell Lee hit a two-out walkoff single to win it for Southridge.

Hanford was coming off Tuesday’s game against Sunnyside, in which the Falcons racked up 26 hits and 21 runs.

“Offensively we haven’t put up almost 40 runs in multiple doubleheaders,” Hanford coach Lesley Guereca said. “I think it is a good sign. We are tracking balls well. We just have to shut people down better.”

Hanford 501 201 8 — 17 17 2

Southridge 200 671 2 — 18 10 3

Kadi Patterson and Whitney Nash; Sarah Gilliam and Makensie Meyer. Highlights—Hanford: Jessica Rush 4-5, 3 Rs; Molly Bishop 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Patterson 2-4, 2 RBIs, 2B. Southridge: Gilliam 6-6, walkoff 2-run HR; Danielle Tollison 1-2, 3-run HR; Hayley Miller 2-for-4, 3 RBIs.

Hanford 20(11) 161 1 — 22 24 2

Southridge 620 324 6 — 23 10 6

Patterson and Nash, MaKenna Hall (5); Gilliam and Meyer. Highlights—Hanford: Lexi Alaniz 3-5, 3 Rs; Patterson 4-6, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs, 4 Rs; Miranda Foraker 5-7, HR, 2 RBIs; Alane Wilkerson 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 Rs. Southridge: Gilliam 2x5; Tollison 4-4, 2 HRs; Kendell Lee 2x6, 2 RBIs, game-winning RBI.

Kamiakin 22-18, Kennewick 4-4: Hunter Schneitter hit 8-for-9 on Friday to help the Braves defeat the host Lions in an MCC-opening doubleheader for both teams.

Kamiakin scored nine runs in the second inning of Game 1 and never looked back. In the second game, the Braves decisively led 5-1 after the first inning.

“We have a couple of veteran players, but just a couple,” Kennewick coach Randy Scott said. “We have three freshmen and three sophomores that start. We have three seniors, including both pitchers (Bryanna DeRoos and Savannah Dixon).”

Kamiakin 099 04 — 22 17 0
Kennewick 000 13 — 4 4 4
Kate Austin, Cassie Ramsey and Sam Booth; Savannah Dixon, Bryanna DeRoos (3) and Natalie Mullen. Highlights—Hunter Schneitter (Ka) 3x4, 2B; Emily Benson (Ka) 3x5, 2B; Richards (Ka) 2x4, 2B; Booth (Ka) 2x3; Jenna Castilleja (Ka) 2x3, 2B; Alyssa Gonzalez (Ke) 1x3, 2B; Terin Wade (Ke) 1x3, 2B; Amanda McDaniel (Ke) 1x3, 2B.
Kamiakin 507 33 — 18 13 0
Kennewick 103 00 — 4 5 5
Benson and Booth; DeRoos, Dixon (4) and Mullen. Highlights—Schneitter (Ka) 5x5, 2B; Easton Young (Ka) 2x3, 2 3Bs; Gonzalez (Ke) 2x3.

Richland 27-19, Pasco 0-2: April Utecht went 7-for-9 with 11 RBIs as the Bombers opened conference play with huge road wins over the Bulldogs.

Richland 841 (11)3 — 27 24 0

Pasco 000 00 — 0 2 12

Paige Goulet and April Utecht, Paige Liikala (5); Kristen Swentik and Kendall Swentik. Highlights—Stephanie Merwin (R) 4x4, 2 2Bs, GS, 5 R, 7 RBIs; Utecht (R) 4x6, 2B, HR, 6 RBIs; Courtney Kent (R) 3x6, 2 RBIs; Monika Hebky (R) 2x6; Abby Perryman (R) 2x4; Kayla Andrews (R) 3x4; Reilly Bramlett (R) 3x5, 5 R; Goulet (R) 5IP-9K, 2x4, 3 RBIs.

Richland 637 30 — 19 17 2

Pasco 000 11 — 2 3 4

Goulet, Perryman (5) and Utecht, Allie Sparks (4); Kr. Swentik and Ke. Swentik. Highlights—Kayla Andrews (R) 4x4, 3 2Bs, 6 RBIs; Utecht (R) 3x3, HR, 3 R, 5 RBIs; Merwin (R) 2x3, 2 SBs; Kent (R) 2x5; Maddy Jones (R) 2 RBIs; Mazie Gilliam (R) 2B; Shelby Fuston (P) 3B, RBI.

Walla Walla 11-7, Chiawana 0-1: Elli Rassbach pitched a five-inning shutout in Game 1 and had five hits on the day as the host Blue Devils opened MCC play with a sweep of the Riverhawks.

Maddie Heine finished with four hits to lead Chiawana.

Chiawana 000 00 — 0 3 0

Walla Walla 034 4x — 11 12 0

Jackie Martin, Kim Poma (3) and Maddie Heine; Elli Rassbach and Kendsey Hill. Highlights—Heine (C) 2x2; Jordana Storm (WW) 2x4; Rassbach (WW) 2x3; Mattie Smyth (WW) 2x3; Kate Ferenz (WW) 3x3; Kendall Davis (WW) 2x2.

Chiawana 000 001 0 — 1 7 1

Walla Walla 230 101 x — 7 12 1

Martin and Ashley Ellison; Ferenz and Hill. Highlights—Whitney Weber (C) 2x4; Heine (C) 2x4; Danielle Sanaski (C) 2x3; Jacie McDaniels (WW) 3x3, 2B, 3B; Rassbach (WW) 3x4, 2B, 3B; Ferenz (WW) 2x3.

Touchet 17-10, Garfield-Palouse 0-5: Kristen Warner went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in the opener, while Makayla Bishop allowed one hit in five innings to lead the host Indians.

Touchet 10(10) 15 — 17 18 1

Garfield-Palouse 000 00 — 0 1 3

Makayla Bishop and Jennifer Aceves; Connie Pfaff and Leah Rodriguez. Highlights—Harlie Schaffer (T) 3x5, 2 2Bs; Kristen Warner (T) 3x5, 4 RBIs; Bishop (T) 5IP-6K-1BB.

Touchet 200 251 0 — 10 10 3

Garfield-Palouse 101 002 1 — 5 7 4

Schaffer and Bishop; Pfaff and Rodriguez. Highlights—Morgan Cardwell (T) 2-run 2B.

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