The Hanford softball team got off to a solid start in Mid-Columbia Conference play, sweeping aside Southridge 12-2 in five innings and 4-2 in Richland.
Kadi Patterson pitched five solid innings, striking out six in the opener for Hanford, while the offense banged out 13 hits, including three extra base knocks.
That is a good feeling, Hanford coach Lesley Guereca said of opening 2-0 in league. Southridge is a great matchup for us. Usually we are vying for that 2-3 spot, so getting ahead of Southridge early puts us in a good position going into the rest of the season. If we keep doing what we did today, I think well be successful.
In the second game, Kayla DeLaPaz pitched five solid innings and Catie Bishop threw two shutout innings in relief to nail down the victory.
Southridges big bats did damage throughout the game, but Hanford was able to keep hitters off the base paths in front of them to mitigate the damage.
Southridge has some big kids that can mash the ball, Guereca said. We were able to take some hits from their big kids, but keep the others off the bases.
Vanessa Casterjon was a combined 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and three RBIs for the Suns, while Sarah Gilliam was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the nightcap.
Alane Wilkerson was a combined 3-for-6 with three RBIs to lead the Falcons, while Emma Garcia was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs in the opener.
Southridge 000 02 2 6 3
Hanford 711 21 12 13 0
Sarah Gilliam, Jensen Gould (3) and unknown. Kadi Patterson and unknown. HighlightsSR: Vanessa Casterjon 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs; Sam Scogin 1-1, 2B. Han: Lexi Alaniz 2-4, 3B; Whitney Nash 2-4, 2B, RBI; Kadi Patterson 2-4; Alane Wilkerson 1-3, 2 RBIs; Emma Garcia 3-3, 3B, 3 RBIs; Makenna Hall 2-3, 3 RBIs
Southridge 101 000 0 2 4 0
Hanford 300 010 x 4 6 1
Sarah Gilliam and unknown. Kayla DeLaPaz, Catie Bishop (6) and unknown. HighlightsSR: Gilliam 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI; Vanessa Casterjon 1-2, HR. Han: Alane Wilkerson 2-3, RBI.
Richland 24-17, Pasco 0-0: Kayla Andrews threw a two-hit shutout and was a combined 6-for-8 with a double, two home runs and seven RBIs as the Bombers crushed the visiting Bulldogs.
Pasco 000 00 0 2 2
Richland 388 5x 24 21 0
Kristen Swentik, Selina Montelongo (3) and Bolander. Kayla Andrews and April Utecht, Liikala (5). HighlightsRich: Stephanie Merwin 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kayla Andrews 2 H, 0 ER, 13 Ks, 4-4, HR, 4 RBIs; April Utecht 2-3, GS, 5 RBIs; Abby Perryman 3-4; Alicia Maul 2-4, 2 RBIs; Maddy Jones 3-3, 2 RBIs; Paige Liikala 2-3.
Pasco 000 00 0 2 5
Richland 219 6x 18 10 0
Adrianna McKinney and Bolander. Abby Perryman and Utecht, Liikala (4). HighlightsPasco: Brittany Cruz 3B. Rich: Stephanie Merwin 2B, 2 RBIs; Mercades Ramirez 2 RBIs; Utecht 1-2, HR, 3 RBIs; Kayla Andrews 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs; Perryman 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Reilly Bramlett 2-3.
Kamiakin 15-15, Kennewick 1-0: McKenzie Lowry and Emily Benson each hit grand slams as the host Braves rolled past the Lions in a Mid-Columbia Conference opening doubleheader.
We are hitting the ball pretty well right now, Kamiakin coach Tim Bisson said. With any luck well be able to keep doing that.
Kennewick 000 10 1 4 1
Kamiakin 357 0x 15 14 0
Guizar and Macias. Ramsey and Becker. HighlightsKam: Melanie Oord 2-3; Emily Benson 3-3, 2B; McKenzie Lowry 2-3, GS, 4 RBIs; Jenna Castilleja 2-3, HR; Hunter Schneitter 2-2, 2B
Kennewick 000 00 0 6 5
Kamiakin 3(12)0 0x 15 14 1
Guizar, J. Thomas (2) and Macias. Kate Austin, Emily Benson (5) and Becker, Richards (3). HighlightsKam: Benson 4-4, 2B, GS; Carlie Richards 3-3, HR.
Walla Walla 4-8, Chiawana 0-5: Jacie McDaniels had six hits to lead visiting Walla Walla to a 4-0, 8-5 MCC sweep over Chiawana.
Whitney Weber paced the Riverhawks with four hits.
Walla Walla 301 000 0 4 11 0
Chiawana 000 000 0 0 5 0
Rassbach and McDaniels; Carlee Gerds and Maddie Heine. HighlightsStorm (WW) 2x4, 2B, 3B; McDaniels 3x4; Rassbach 2x4, 5 Ks; Schoessler (WW) 2x3; Whitney Weber (C) 2x2; Heine 2x3; Sheyenne Marshall (C) 2B.
Walla Walla 001 102 4 8 16 2
Chiawana 101 010 2 5 9 1
Schoessler and McDaniels; Jackie Martin, Gerds (4) and Heine. HighlightsStorm 3B; Likes (WW) 4x5; McDaniels 3x5; Rassbach 2x4; Tonn (WW) 2x4; Leighty (WW) 2x4; Weber 2x4, 3B; Monique Maldanado (C) 3x3; Ashley Ellison (C) 2x3, 2 2Bs; Heine 3B, 3 RBIs.