KENNEWICK -- Very little the Kamiakin Braves did during Tuesday's CBBN 3A softball doubleheader at Southridge surprised Suns coach Eric Weisgerber.
"They're good," he said. "It's not any secret."
Defending league champion Kamiakin rolled to wins of 12-1 and 10-0 against Southridge, last season's runner-up.
But the offense didn't come right away for the Braves, who hadn't played since March 23.
They fell behind 1-0 in the opener after Southridge's Makensie Meyer drove in Allyx Copeland with a second-inning double. But Emily Benson tied the score with an RBI single in the third.
From there, it was all Kamiakin.
The Braves scored four runs in the fifth, including a two-run double by Cylie Richards. The next inning, Benson smacked a two-run home run and Richards' sister Carlie chased Southridge pitcher Janelle Randles with a two-out RBI double as part of Kamiakin's seven-run final frame.
"We started slow, and we didn't anticipate that," Carlie Richards said. "We wanted to come out strong. It took us a while to get going."
Not so in Game 2.
Carlie Richards hit a two-run homer in the second off Southridge's Sarah Gilliam, and Cylie Richards came up an inning later and belted a three-run shot.
With that, Kamiakin was on its way to another rout with an 8-0 lead.
The offensive outbursts came as a relief to Braves pitcher Lindsey Kamphuis, who struck out 17 on the day and threw a one-hitter in the five-inning nightcap.
"It takes a lot of stress off me in the game," she said. "If it's a 1-0 game, I really have to make sure nothing can get hit, which I try to do anyway."
Though the Suns weren't able to mount a challenge for Kamiakin's CBBN 3A throne, Weisgerber wants them to focus on what's ahead -- a possible fight for the second and third spots to districts.
"This was just another day," Weisgerber said. "Nothing more, nothing less. Our big week is next week against Eastmont and at West Valley. Those are the two that, in my opinion, could give us the most fits and we're most compatible with."
In the meantime, it's hard to say whether anyone can stop the big red Kamiakin machine, which went undefeated in league last season, but Braves coach Tammy Hutchison is not looking past anyone.
"If you let up and assume you're gonna win," Hutchison said, "you've never gonna win."
Kamiakin 001 047 -- 12 15 1
Southridge 010 000 -- 1 5 5
Janelle Randles, Sarah Gilliam (6) and Makensie Meyer; Lindsey Kamphuis and Jessica Miracle. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 6IP-10K, 2x4, 2 R, RBI; Hunter Schneitter (K) 2x5, R, RBI double; Miracle (K) 3x5, 2 R, 2 2Bs, RBI; Emily Benson (K) 2x4, 3 RBIs, 2-run HR; Cylie Richards (K) 2x4, 2 R, 2-run 2B; Carlie Richards (K) 3x4, R, RBI double; Hannah Sams (S) 2B; Allyx Copeland (S) 2B; Meyer (S) 2x3, RBI double.
Kamiakin 026 20 -- 10 8 1
Southridge 000 00 -- 0 1 4
Kamphuis and Miracle; Gilliam and Chelsey Klepper. Highlights--Kamphuis (K) 5IP-7K, 2x3, RBI; Benson (K) 2x3, 2-run 2B; Cy. Richards (K) 3-run HR; Ca. Richards (K) 2-run HR; Sams (S) 2B.