The WA Force Black eked out two one-run victories Saturday to reach the semifinals of the ASA State 16U A/B Softball Tournament at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex.
Reilly Bramlett scored on a suicide squeeze by fellow Richland player Kayla Andrews in the bottom of the sixth to give the Force a 6-5 victory over the Ellensburg Synergy.
The Force then beat the NW Rage 8-7 after Danielle Tollison (Southridge) singled in Maddy Jones (Richland) in the bottom of the seventh.
The Force will play the Washington Patriots in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. today.
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In the consolation bracket, the WA Angels 96 got two RBIs from Hunter Schneitter (Kamiakin) to beat the Capitol Lady Outlaws 7-1.
The Angels dropped into the consolation bracket with a 2-1 loss to the NW Rage. Carlie Richards (Kamiakin) had three hits for the Angels.
On Friday, the Angels had a promising start to the tournament, recording a 3-2 win against Something Special.
Ellensburg Synergy 212 000 — 5 11 2
WA Force Black 000 402 — 6 15 3
Game ended early because of time limit. Hannah Gibson and Brandee Hannahs; Kayla Andrews and Danielle Tollison. Highlights--Allie Kopczynski (E) 3x4, RBI; Hannahs (E) 3x4; Bri Shipley (E) 3x4, 2 RBIs; Reilly Bramlett (F) 4x4; April Utecht (F) 2x4, RBI; Victoria Nunez (F) 2x3; Alicia Maul (F) 2x3, R; Maddy Jones (F) 1x2, 2 RBIs, R.
NW Rage 002 140 0 -- 7 8 1
WA Force Black 105 001 1 -- 8 16 1
No outs when winning run scored. Maddie Williams, Colleen Driscoll (3) and Brittany Landon; Kayla Andrews, Katelyn Sitsler (6, win) and Danielle Tollison. Highlights--Maggie Haishaw (NW) 3x4, RBI; Melissa Henery (NW) 2x4; Driscoll (NW) 3-run HR; Reilly Bramlett (F) 2x4; April Utecht (F) 3x4, HR, RBI; Andrews (F) 2x4, RBI; Maddy Jones (F) 2x4; Kadi Patterson (F) 1x3, 2 RBIs; Tollison (F) 4x4, 2 RBIs; Sitsler (F) 2IP-4K.