CONNELL -- Two unbeaten teams whose paths led to the 1A state tournament last year -- and could lead them back there this year -- clashed Tuesday in Connell.
Ashley Thompson scattered six hits and had 19 strikeouts on the day as the Eagles swept visiting River View 4-1 and 7-2.
Thompson also hit a three-run home run to get the Eagles (8-0) rolling in the nightcap.
Shanika Sawyer was 4-for-7 on the day for Connell, with an RBI in Game 1 and two doubles.
It was a bittersweet victory for Connell head coach Andy Sawyer, whose father, Andrew Sawyer Sr., died Monday.
"The team pretty much played in his honor today," Connell assistant coach Ron Thompson said of the elder Sawyer.
Haley Hess pitched both games for River View (8-2), striking out 12 overall.
By taking two from River View, Connell is in prime position to wrap up the SCAC East championship with doubleheaders left against Royal and Mabton.
"I think this gives us an edge going into postseason, because we dominated it hitting, our pitching was good and our defense was good," Thompson said.
If Connell wins out, it would earn the SCAC East's No. 1 seed for districts and play host to the SCAC West's No. 4 seed May 19.
Meanwhile, River View is looking ahead to the playoffs, too -- and a possible rematch with Connell.
"Right now, my girls are saying we plan on playing them for the district title," River View coach Andy Clayton said. "We want to play them again. We want to be prepared for them."
River View 000 100 0 -- 1 2 0
Connell 300 010 0 -- 4 5 0
Haley Hess and Demi McGill; Ashley Thompson and Shanika Sawyer. Highlights--McGill (RV) HR; Hess (RV) 7K; Thompson (C) 9K; Sawyer (C) 2x3, 2B, RBI; Kate Hawk (C) 2B.
River View 100 001 0 -- 2 4 0
Connell 320 101 x -- 7 12 0
Hess and McGill; Thompson and Sawyer. Highlights--Hess (RV) 5K; Jalissa Hutchins (RV) 2B, RBI; Hawk (C) 4x4, 2 2Bs; Sawyer (C) 2x4, 2B; Thompson (C) 2x4, 3-run HR, 10K; Carissa Murphy (C) 2B.
KIONA-BENTON 12-8, ROYAL 3-11
Kayla Gifford had three RBIs as Kiona-Benton opened an SCAC East road doubleheader with a rout of Royal. But the Knights rebounded to win the nightcap, thanks to a six-run second inning against the Bears.
Kiona-Benton 120 401 4 -- 12 7 2
Royal 100 002 0 -- 3 1 5
Alex Shuster and Kayla Gifford; Haley Delgado and Maria Garcia. Highlights--Shuster (KB) 2x4, 4 RBIs, 7IP-5K; Jennessa Barber (KB) 2B; Kili Brundridge (KB) SB; Jessi Lizano (KB) SB; Dyoni Shuster (KB) SB; Gifford (KB) 3 RBIs.
Kiona-Benton 002 150 0 -- 8 9 6
Royal 061 301 x -- 11 7 3
Brundridge, A. Shuster (2) and A. Shuster, Gifford (2); Sam Cera, Delgado (5) and Garcia. Highlights--Breanna Scott (KB) 2x4, 2 RBIs; Brundridge (KB) 3x4; D. Shuster (KB) 3 RBIs.
Kamiakin 14-10, West Valley 0-1
Lindsey Kamphuis struck out 22 over two games and Carlie Richards hit a pair of home runs to lead Kamiakin to a CBBN 3A sweep of West Valley in Yakima.
In the opener, Sam Booth went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for the Braves.
"Going to West Valley is always tough," Braves coach Tammy Hutchison said. "It was a couple of nice wins."
Kamiakin (12-0) has two games left against Eastmont on Friday. If the Braves split, they would win the CBBN 3A title outright.
Kamiakin 040 55 -- 14 11 0
West Valley 000 00 -- 0 1 2
Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessica Miracle; Hannah Kivi and Megan Wetzel. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 9K; Miracle (K) 2x4; Jessica Edminster (K) 2x2, RBI; Sam Booth (K) 3x3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Carlie Richards (K) HR, 2 RBIs.
Kamiakin 100 024 3 -- 10 19 3
West Valley 100 000 0 -- 1 4 1
Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessica Miracle; Kivi and Gabby Bryant. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 13K, 2x5; Hunter Schneider (K) 3x5; Melanie Oord (K) 3x5, 2B; Krysta Beach (K) 2x2, 2 RBIs; Miracle (K) 3x4, 2B; Amanda Garner (K) 2x3, 2B; Carlie Richards (K) 3x4, 3B, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs.
EASTMONT 13, KENNEWICK 11
Alex Ellis went 4-for-5 with two doubles to help Eastmont beat Kennewick on the road in CBBN 3A action. Rain forced the teams to delay the second game of an April 15 doubleheader until Tuesday.
Karissa Shiflet went 4-for-5 and Ashlen Ayres went 3-for-4 to lead Kennewick.
Eastmont 011 420 5 -- 13 17 2
Kennewick 140 102 3 -- 11 15 0
Kalee Auvil and Madison Ransford; Danielle Clark and Karissa Shiflet. Highlights--Mae Larimer (E) 3x4, 2B, 3B; Denee' Scott (E) 2x4; Alex Ellis (E) 4x5, 2 2Bs; Madison Daggett (E) 3x4, 2B; Cesia Pech (E) 2x3; Ransford (E) 2x3; Ashlen Ayres (K) 3x4, 3B; Shiflet (K) 4x5; Clark (K) 3x5, 2B; Madison Detlof (K) 2x3.
Richland 13, Southridge 3
Lindsey Walchli had two RBIs at the plate and gave up one hit over four innings in the circle as Richland stifled visiting Southridge in a five-inning nonleague contest.
The Bombers beat the Suns 10-0 on March 29 in Game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader, but problems with the lighting system at Richland's field forced the postponement of the second game to Tuesday.
Southridge 000 12 -- 3 7 1
Richland 235 12 -- 13 16 0
1 out when 10-run rule invoked. Janelle Randles, Caitlin Klepper (3) and Makensie Meyer, Chelsey Klepper (3); Lindsey Walchli, Paige Goulet (5) and Bethany Burch. Highlights--Hannah Sams (S) 1x2, 2B, RBI; Diana McGlynn (S) 1x2, RBI; Ca. Klepper (S) 1x3, 2B, RBI; Bailey Walthers (R) 3x4, 2R, 3B, 2 RBIs; Cydney Elgin (R) 2x3, SB, 2 RBIs; Sydney Cejka (R) 3x4, 3R, 3B, HR, 3 RBIs; Burch (R) 2x4, RBI; Devauna Green (R) 2x4, 2B, RBI; Lexi McCracken (R) 2x3, 2R, 2 SB, RBI; Walchli (R) 1x2, 2 RBIs, 4IP-1H-2K-1ER.
Liberty Christian 12-5, Tri-Cities Prep 4-1
Kiersten Peterson scattered 10 hits and struck out eight on the day as Libert Christian earned a home sweep of 12-4 and 5-4 over Tri-Cities Prep.
TC Prep 300 100 0 -- 4 3 5
Liberty Christian 460 011 x -- 12 12 3
Nunez and Hoppes; Kiersten Peterson and Sarah Croskrey. Highlights--Nunez (TC) 4K; S. Croskrey (LC) 2x4; Sydney Higgins (LC) 3x4; Reilly Walker (LC) 2x3; Peterson (LC) 4K.
TC Prep 010 002 1 -- 4 7 3
Liberty Christian 000 200 3 -- 5 8 4
Nunez and Hoppes; Peterson and Crosrkey. Highlights--Nunez (TC) 4K; Spinola (TC) 2x4; LeBrun (TC) 2x2; Peterson (LC) 2x4, 4K; Makoto Sekine (LC) 2x4; Carson Nesbit (LC) 2x3.