Emily Benson was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run and five RBIs as top-seeded Kamiakin trounced visiting Mount Spokane 14-0 in five innings in a Class 3A District 5/8 tournament elimination game in Kennewick.
Kamiakin is now one win from the state tournament and will face North Central at 11 a.m. Saturday at University High in Spokane. The winner earns a state berth, while the loser will have another shot Saturday.
Kamiakin scored 10 times in the fourth inning to put the game into the mercy-rule range.
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Bell, Tutt (4) and Steele. Moore and Becker. Highlights—Kam: Emily Benson 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBIs; Carlie Richards 3-4, 2B; McKenzie Lowry 3-3; Cylie Richards 2B; Tawny Becker 3B.
SHADLE PARK 10, SOUTHRIDGE 9: Jordan Ziemba and Makensie Meyer each hit solo home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Suns ended their season with a loss to the Highlanders in a Class 3A District 5/8 tournament elimination game in Spokane.
Southridge trailed 10-4 after five innings, but rang up five runs in the top of the sixth to pull within 10-9.
Sam Scogin added a double and two RBIs for Southridge.
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Sarah Gilliam and Makensie Meyer; Jara Allen, Brittany Gately (5) and Leslie Jones. Highlights—Jordan Ziemba (So) HR, RBI; Meyer (So) 2x3, HR, RBI; Sam Scogin (So) 2B, 2 RBIs; Jones (SP) 2x4; Fisher (SP) 2B.
University 12, Kennewick 0: The host Titans held the Lions to just one hit in a five-inning victory in a Class 3A District 5/8 tournament elimination game.
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Eva Guizar, J. Thomas (3) and A. Cole. A. Douglas and L. Awedry. Highlights—U: Douglas HR.
North Central 6, Hanford 5: Kadi Patterson was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, but the Falcons were upset by the Indians in a Class 3A 5/8 tournament elimination game in Richland.
Hanford, the No. 2 seed from the Mid-Columbia Conference, fell behind 6-0 to the No. 3 seed from the Greater Spokane League. The Falcons scored five times in the fifth inning, but couldn’t push across the tying run.
Miranda Foraker had an RBI double and Alane Wilkerson added an RBI.
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Brooke Olson and Kaylee Levien. Kadi Patterson, Kayla DeLaPaz (4) and Whitney Nash. Highlights—NC: Jessica Huffman 3-4, 2B, 2 RBIs. Han: Lexi Alaniz 2-3; Emma Garcia 2-4; Kadi Patterson 3-3, 3B, 3 RBIs; Miranda Foraker 1-3, 2B, RBI; Alane Wilkerson RBI.