Softball: Richland claims Mid-Col crown

May 3, 2013 

Kamiakin vs Richland Softball

Richland's Courtney Kent makes a throw to first base Friday after forcing out Melanie Oord of Kamiakin at Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick.

PAUL T. ERICKSON — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

Abby Perryman tripled on the first pitch she saw Friday, and the Richland softball team just kept on hitting.

The Bombers swept host Kamiakin 18-2 in five innings and 12-4 to claim the Mid-Columbia Conference title outright.

“They hit the ball all over the park and we had no answer,” Kamiakin coach Tim Bisson said. “We had our shots (in the nightcap) ... we go into the sixth up by two and didn’t play well enough to win.

“Richland is a good team and they deserve the title.”

The Bombers banged out 33 hits on the day, led by Stephanie Merwin who was a combined 6-for-9 with a triple and six RBIs.

By grabbing the top seed to the Class 4A District 5 Tournament, Richland also sewed up a berth in the regional tournament.

Kamiakin, meanwhile, still has a regular-season doubleheader with Southridge on Tuesday. The Braves, though, locked up the Class 3A No. 1 seed to the District 5/8 Tournament, when Southridge split with Chiawana on Friday.

Emily Benson and Melanie Oord both were 4-for-7 for the Braves in the sweep.

Richland 540 36 — 18 18 0

Kamiakin 000 02 — 2 8 5

Kayla Andrews and April Utecht. Cassie Ramsey and Booth. Highlights—Richland: Abby Perryman 4-5, 3B, 2 RBIs; Stephanie Merwin 2-4, 3B, 3 RBIs; April Utecht 3-3, 3B, 2 RBIs; Monika Hebky 2-5, 2B; Courtney Kent 3B, 2-4; Paige Goulet 3-4, 4 RBIs. Kamiakin: Melanie Oord 2-3; Emily Benson 2-3.

Richland 100 1082 — 12 15 1

Kamiakin004 000 0 — 4 13 3

Paige Goulet, Andrews (3) and Utecht. Edminster, Benson (6), Day (7) and Becker, Rodriguez (6). Highlights—Richland: Merwin 4-5, 3 RBIs; Andrews 2-3; Hebky 2-4; Kelsea Hinkley 2-3; Goulet 2-3; Perryman 2B. Kamiakin: Hunter Schneitter 2-4; Oord 2-4, 3B; Benson 2-4; Edminster 2-4; Cylie Richards 2B; Becker 2B

Walla Walla 8-14, Hanford 2-3: Jacie McDaniels was 4-for-7 with a double, home run and five RBIs to lead the Blue Devils to a Mid-Columbia Conference sweep of the visiting Falcons to wrap up their regular season.

Walla Walla finishes with the No. 2 seed and will play the Chiawana-Pasco winner in a Class 4A District 5 Tournament elimination game at a time, date and location to be determined.

Hanford, meanwhile, finishes with the No. 3 seed for the Class 3A District 5/8 Tournament. The Falcons will wrap up their regular season Tuesday.

Hanford 100 001 0 — 2 4 5

Walla Walla 201 005 x — 8 9 3

Kayla De La Paz and Whitney Nash. E. Rasbach and K. Hill. Highlights—Hanford: Makenna Hall 2-3. WW: Rasbach 2-4, 2B, 4 RBIs, 9 Ks; Hill 1-3, 2B, RBI; M. Smyth 1-3, HR; J. McDaniels 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs.

Hanford 030 00 — 3 6 1

Walla Walla 464 0x — 14 16 1

Kadi Patterson, Kayla De La Paz (2) and Whitney Nash. K. Ferenz and Hill. Highlights—Hanford: Kadi Patterson 2-3, 3B; Lexi Alaniz 2-2. WW: J. Strom 3-4, 2 Rs, 2B; M. Aichele 2-3, 3 Rs, 2 RBIs; K. Hill 3-4, 3 Rs, 2B, RBI; J. McDaniels 2-3, 3 Rs, HR, 3 RBIs; E. Rasbach 1-2, 2B, 2 RBIs; M. Smyth 2-3, 2B, RBI; C. Clark 2-2, 2 RBIs.

Southridge 2-8, Chiawana 3-6: Jackie Martin singled up the middle with the two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Melanie Cantu from third as the Riverhawks took the first game of an MCC doubleheader in Pasco.

The Suns won the second game for the split, which earned them the No. 2 seed in the 3A district playoffs.

Chiawana, the No. 3 seed in the 4A division, will host No. 4 seed Pasco at 5 p.m. Thursday in a first-round district loser-out game.

Southridge 000 101 0 — 2 3 3

Chiawana 000 011 1 — 3 6 1

Two outs when winning run scored

Gilliam and Meyer; Jackie Martin and Maddie Heine. Highlights—Melanie Cantu (C) 2x2; Monique Maldonado (C) 2x3, 2B.

Southridge 031 022 0 — 8 11 4

Chiawana 103 000 2 — 6 6 3

Gilliam and Meyer; Jackie Martin, Kim Poma (5) and Maddie Heine. Highlights—Gilliam (S) 2x5, 2B; Allen (S) 2x3; Miller (S) 2x3. Whitney Weber (C) 2x4; Monique Maldonado (C) 2x3, 2B.

Kennewick 16-10, Pasco 10-0: Alyssa Gonzalez was 4-for-7 witih a home run to lead the Lions to a Mid-Columbia Conference sweep against the visiting Bulldogs.

Shelby Fuston was 3-for-4 for Pasco in the losing effort.

Kennewick, which wraps up its regular season Tuesday at Hanford, will host Sunnyside on May 13th in an elimination game.

The Bulldogs will play at Chiawana on Thursday in an elimination game.

Pasco 150 100 3 — 10 5 9

Kennewick 100 762 x — 16 14 2

Selina Montelongo and Kendall Swentik. Bryanna DeRoos and Natalie Mullen. Highlights—Pasco: Shelby Fuston 3-4; Annabel Perez 2-4. Kennewick: Alyssa Gonzalez 2-4, HR; Karissa Shiflet 3-5, 2B; Terin Wade 3-4, 2 2Bs; Julisa Gonzalez 2-4.

Pasco 000 00 — 0 1 2

Kennewick 223 03 — 10 10 0

Adriana McKinney and Katelyn Jensen. Savannah Dixon and Natalie Mullen. Highlights—Kennewick: Alyssa Gonzalez 2-3; Amanda McDaniel 2-3; Julisa Gonzalez 2-3.

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