KENNEWICK -- The Lindsey Kamphuis show drew a rapt audience Friday at Lawrence Scott Park.
The Kamiakin senior recorded nine strikeouts in each game as the Braves defeated Richland 12-2 and 3-2 in a nonleague doubleheader.
"I was very confident," Kamphuis said after Game 1, which went six innings. "I love pitching. I've played against a lot of those players for a long time, and I was happy to get strikeouts against some of them."
The Weber State-bound Kamphuis also bombarded the Bombers at the plate, driving in four runs in the opener and two in the nightcap.
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The Braves, who swept through the CBBN 3A last season, were happy to get two quality victories against a perennial 4A contender.
"Richland gives us good competition," Kamiakin coach Tammy Hutchison said. "Every year they do well, and we even tried to split our games where we had one at the beginning of the season and one at the end. It's too bad we were unable to work that out because of our schedules."
But that might be one of only a few hiccups the Braves will encounter this year.
In the opener, after allowing a one-out RBI single to Dora Hernandez in the first, Kamphuis held the Bombers scoreless until the fifth. She struck out five consecutive batters over the second and third innings.
"We know their 3-4-5 hitters hit the ball," Hutchison said. "They can hit the changeup, which eliminated one of Lindsey's pitches. But we scored almost every inning, which was the goal. We never had to rally."
Leading 2-1, Kamiakin broke open the game with four runs in the third, including a two-run single by Kamphuis.
In the sixth, Kamphuis brought in two more runners on a deep double to left off Richland junior left-hander Paige Goulet.
"I knew she was always going to be outside, so that's what I focused on," Kamphuis said.
The next batter, sophomore Cylie Richards, hit a walk-off single.
In the first inning of the nightcap, Kamphuis gave up two hits, including a two-run home run by freshman April Utecht, but the right-hander allowed just two more the rest of the way.
Richland's defense tightened up after making five errors in the opener, and sophomore right-hander Kayla Andrews struck out six, walked one and yielded six hits.
Bombers coach Casey Emery said he talked between games about picking up the intensity level and that his players seemed to respond with more energy in the field.
"The first loss against Kamiakin might be the best thing that happened to us, but we just went through the motions and got crushed," Emery said. "We might look back at the end of the year and say that was when we turned our season around, but we'll see. Come Tuesday (against Southridge), that will tell a lot."
Richland 100 010 -- 2 9 5
Kamiakin 114 024 -- 12 13 1
2 outs when 10-run rule invoked. Paige Goulet and April Utecht; Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessica Miracle. Highlights--Dora Hernandez (R) 2x3, 2B, RBI; April Utecht (R) 2B, RBI; Kamphuis (K) 2x4, 4 RBIs, 9 Ks, 0 BB; Cylie Richards (K) 3x4, 3B, 2 R, RBI; Miracle (K) 1x3, 3 RBIs; Melanie Oord (K) 2x4, 3 R, 2 RBIs; Jessica Edminster (K) 2B.
Richland 200 000 0 -- 2 4 0
Kamiakin 101 001 x -- 3 6 0
Kayla Andrews and Utecht; Kamphuis and Miracle. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 2x3, 3B, 2 RBIs, 9 Ks, 0 BB; Hunter Schneitter (K) 2x3; Cylie Richards (K) 1x3, RBI; Utecht (R) 2x3, 2-run HR; Andrews (R) 6 Ks, 1 BB.
Chiawana 9-6, Hanford 7-13: Melanie Cantu doubled twice and Whitney Weber and Danielle Sanaski once each as the Riverhawks powered to the win in the opener of a nonleague road doubleheader.
The Falcons bounced back behind Kadi Patterson's five-hitter. Molly Bishop's two-run home run in the fifth inning broke open a one-run game. MaKenna Hall drove in three runs in the game, and Remy Bradley went 4-for-5 and had six hits in the twinbill.
Chiawana 004 320 0 -- 9 10 1
Hanford 003 021 1 -- 7 11 4
Katie Axelson and Maddie Heine; Kayla De La Paz, Remy Bradley (3) and Whitney Nash. Highlights--Bradley (H) 2x5, SB, 3R; De La Paz (H) 2x4, 2B, 2 RBI; MaKenna Hall (H) 2x4, 3B; Miranda Foraker (H) 2x4; Whitney Weber (C) 2x5, 2B; Melanie Cantu (C) 2x5, 2 2B; Danielle Sanaski (C) 2x4, 2B.
Chiawana 230 000 1 -- 6 5 1
Hanford 330 043 x -- 13 16 0
Jackie Martin, Axelson (5) and Heine; Kadi Patterson and Hall. Highlights--Bradley (H) 4x5, 2R, SB; Rachael Geeting (H) 2x4, 2R, 2B; Hall (H) 3x5, 3 RBI; Molly Bishop (H) 2-R HR; Foraker (H) 2x4, 3B.
Hermiston 15-17, Kennewick 0-1
Maloree Moss went 4-for-5 in the opener and the Bulldogs cruised to the nonleague sweep on the road.
Hermiston 300 02(10) -- 15 14 1
Kennewick 000 00 -- 0 1 8
Galloway and Howard; Bryanna Deroos and Terin Wade. Highlights--Maloree Moss (Her) 4x5; Melina Rodriguez (Her) 2x4; Courtney Howard (Her) 2x4; Jennifer Paxton (Her) 3x5, 3B; Andrea Waters (Her) 2x4.
Hermiston 012 133 7 -- 17
Kennewick 100 000 0 -- 1
Kennewick battery: Deroos, Kaylee Hagadorn (6) and Wade. Highlights--Ness (Her) 2x6, HR.
Walla Walla 1, Pendleton 0
TraeAnn Payne drove in Andrea Hamada in the top of the first inning, and Alyson Ambler preserved the one-run edge with an 11-strikeout performance that went the distance as the Blue Devils earned a nonleague road victory against Pendleton.
"Both pitchers did a great job," said Walla Walla coach Jerry Humphreys, referring to Ambler and opposing pitcher Kristen Crawford. The Pendleton senior gave up four hits, struck out four and yielded a walk.
"We were happy to come out with a win," Humphreys said.
Walla Walla 100 000 0 -- 1 4 2
Pendleton 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2
Alyson Ambler and Kendsey Hill; Kristen Crawford and Rayne Spence. Highlights--TraeAnn Payne (WW) RBI, Andrea Hamada (WW) R, Ambler (WW) 11K-6W, Crawford (P) 4K-1W.
Othello 28-26, Toppenish 0-0
Holly Fleshman threw a perfect game in the nightcap, Kim Bullis opened with a no-hitter spoiled only by an error, and the Huskies had no trouble at home to start the CWAC season.
Othello also had a pair of grand slams -- Kylee Harper in Game 1 and Alyssa Martinez in Game 2.
Toppenish 000 00 -- 0 0 7
Othello (11)97 1x -- 28 20 1
Lupita Guzman and M. Lopez; Kim Bullis and Sophie Rodriguez. Highlights--Kylee Harper (O)2x3, GS HR; Bullis (O)2x3, 2 2B; 5IP-10K-0H; Kalinda Kosters (O) 2x2, 2B; Evelyn Miron (O) 3x4, 2 HR, 2B, 4 RBI; Holly Fleshman (O) HR.
Toppenish 000 00 -- 0 0 4
Othello 82(10) 6x -- 26 20 0
A. Godina and M. Lopez; Fleshman and Rodriguez. Highlights--Alyssa Martinez (O) 4x4, GS, 7 RBI; Daisy Salgado (O) 2x3; Bullis (O) 2x3; Kosters (O) 3x3; Sherilyn Jensen (O) 2x3; Fleshman (O) 5IP-0H-0BB-7K.