Win or lose today, three Tri-City softball teams will head home afterward.
Hanford (9-11 overall), Kennewick (5-15) and Chiawana (7-13) face relatively long trips for their district tournament elimination games.
In 3A, fifth-seeded Hanford will visit No. 4 Eastmont (8-12), and No. 6 Kennewick will head to No. 3 West Valley (11-9).
In 4A, sixth-seeded Chiawana goes to No. 3 Wenatchee (14-5).
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No. 5 Eisenhower (8-12) will travel to No. 4 Moses Lake (12-8) for the other 4A contest.
The winners of today's games will play at noon Saturday at Columbia Playfield in Richland (4A) and Hanford High (3A) against the No. 1/2 district seeds.
The Tri-City squads are optimistic they will take the field here this weekend.
"More kids are contributing, and I think the team's jelling, and I think we're peaking at the right time," said Kennewick coach Randy Scott, whose team showed plenty of fight in a 13-11 loss to Eastmont on May 3 and stunned No. 2 Southridge 12-0 last Friday.
Senior Ashlen Ayres finished the regular season batting .571 (36-for-63), second in the CBBN 3A. On the pitching side, the Lions have recovered from early-season injuries.
Hanford, meanwhile, will look to playoff veteran Remy Bradley against Eastmont, which swept the Falcons on April 22.
Bradley led Hanford during the regular season with a .563 batting average (40-for-71) and topped the CBBN 3A with 23 stolen bases. She likely will pitch today, having gone 5-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 65 innings.
"She's a really good tone setter for us," Hanford coach Lesley Guereca said of the junior. "She worked even harder in the offseason to be a triple threat."
A trio of .400 hitters, freshman Maddie Heine (.444), sophomore Melanie Cantu (.421) and junior Kendra Boehning (.400), will try to lead Chiawana to its first playoff victory.
Three freshmen and four sophomores are slated to start against Wenatchee, which took a doubleheader from the Riverhawks on April 19.
"The girls have grown up a bunch this year," said Chiawana coach Paul Antonovich, who in 2005 guided a similarly young Pasco team to regionals.
"They're really young, but now you don't get to be young anymore."