If cream rises to the top, then the East definitely creamed the West at the SCAC district, sweeping all four berths to state from the games at Hanford High on Saturday.
Unbeaten defending champion Connell rolled to the title with a 10-0 win over Warden in six innings. River View and Columbia (Burbank) also advanced to state as the third and fourth seeds to next week’s tournament at Columbia Playfields in Richland.
Speaking of rising, Ashley Thompson tossed a pair of no-hitters for the Eagles, bringing her season total to 13. She was a walk away from perfection against Warden, and she struck out 25 batters on the day to raise her career total to 1,056.
“We believe she broke the unofficial state record with 1,045 career strikeouts against River View,” coach Andy Sawyer said.
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Michelle Schultz drove in four runs for Connell in the title game. Savannah Egbert had five RBIs on the day, including three in a 12-0 win over River View.
The Panthers bounced back from the semifinal loss to beat Naches Valley 13-6 and secure a state berth. Freshman Rachel Doran had a key two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning that got River View rolling. Ashley Dickinson finished 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.
Finally, River View topped Burbank 16-14 in the seeding game as both teams’ pitching felt the brunt of three straight games.
Catcher Shelby Salter, behind the plate all day, had enough endurance to go 4-for-4 for the Panthers.
Warden 000 000 — 0 0 1
Connell 410 005 — 10 5 0
Two outs when 10-run rule invoked.
Aalyiah Enriquez and Bianca Hernandez; Ashley Thompson and Alex Shuster. Highlights—Thompson (C) 11K, 2B, 2R; Svannah Egbert (C) 1x3, 2 RBIs; Michelle Schultz (C) 4 RBIs.
Connell 703 20 — 12 10 1
River View 000 00 — 0 0 4
Ashley Thompson and Alex Shuster; Kaylee Lozier, Aleah Wright (4) and Shelby Salter. Highlights—Thompson (C) 5IP-0H-14K; Savannah Egbert (C) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Hope Sawyer (C) 3x4; Michelle Schultz (C) 2x4, 2B, 2 RBI; Jessica Hawkins (C) 2x3, 2B, 3R; MarciAnne Hawkins (C) 2x3, 2RBIs.
River View 002 406 1 — 13 13 3
Naches 030 003 0 — 6 11 1
Lozier and Salter; Grimm, Heide (4), Grimm (6) and Lucas, McKee (4), Lucas (6). Highlights—Rachel Doran (RV) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Salter (RV) 3R; Ashley Dickinson (RV) 3x5, 2B, 3 RBI; Jessica Burrus (RV) 4x5.
River View 900 700 0 — 16 17 7
Columbia (Burbank) 035 006 x — 14 16 1
Lozier, Wright (5), Lozier (7) and Salter; Brittany Cotsford, Rachel Roberts (2), Cotsford (7) and Roberts, Cotsford (2), Roberts (7). Highlights—Doran (RV) 3x5, 3 RBI; Salter (RV) 4x4, 2B; Jayme Walker (RV) 2x3, 3-R 3B; Jorgan Andersen (RV) 2B; Lozier (RV) 2B, 3 RBI; Rivera (CB) 3x6; Cotsford (CB) 2B; Roberts (CB) 3B; Rodriguez (CB) 3x5, 2B.
Othello 2, Deer Park 1: Kim Bullis and Madison Martinez each hit RBI singles during a two-run third inning, and the Huskies held off visiting Deer Park for a berth in next week’s State 2A tournament at Carlon Park in Selah.
Martinez also threw a complete game, striking out nine and giving up just four hits.
Deer Park 000 100 0 — 1 4 1
Othello 002 000 x — 2 7 2
Sweeney and Jordan; Madison Martinez and Sofia Rodriguez. Highlights—Kim Bullis (O) 2x3; Martinez (O) 7IP-4H-1R-9K; .