The Richland softball team wasted little time Saturday qualifying for the 4A state tournament, as the Bombers routed Central Valley 18-1 in the regional championship game at University High School in Spokane.
“With the way Kayla Andrews was pitching, and the way we were hitting the ball, we didn’t have much trouble,” said Richland coach Casey Emery. “And we kept on hitting it.”
Already up 8-1, the Bombers scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh and finished the game with 19 hits.
“Our No. 8 and 9 hitters, Alicia Maul and Reilly Bramlett, were each 4-for-5 today,” said Emery. “That’s huge when the bottom of your order hits like that.”
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Andrews scattered seven hits and struck out eight for the complete-game victory.
She also had three hits to help her cause.
Richland must now wait for the state tournament draw, set for Monday.
“We came out of this very healthy,” said Emery. “It gives us a No. 1 seed going into state. And I think we’re playing our best ball.”
Walla Walla came back to beat Central Valley 8-1 to claim the region’s second state tournament berth.
Richland 212 030 (10) — 18 19 2
Central Valley 100 000 0 — 1 7 2
Kayla Andrews and Paige Liikala; Riordan, Wasteney (4) and Adams. Highlights—Andrews 3x5, 8 Ks; April Utecht (R) 3 runs; Abby Perryman (R) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Kelsea Hinkley (R) 2x3, 3 RBIs; Liikala 2x5, 3 runs; Alicia Maul (R) 4x5, 3 RBIs; Reilly Bramlett (R) 4x5; Riordan 2x4; Adams 2x4.
KAMIAKIN ADVANCES TO STATE: The Kamiakin softball team routed North Central 16-2 at the 3A regionals in Spokane to earn a state tournament berth.
Then they had to rally past University in the bottom of the seventh for a 12-11 winin the regional title game to earn the region’s top seed into next week’s state tournament in Lacey.
“It wasn’t pretty,” said Kamiakin coach Tim Bisson. “It was ugly. But we’ll take it. That’s what we talked about after the game. We won a regional championship and none of us are happy.”
Bisson was talking about the championship game against the Titans.
Kamiakin was leading U-High 9-3 going into the top of the seventh, when the Titans exploded for eight runs to take an 11-9 lead.
Only when the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh — including a walk-off single by McKenzie Lowry — did Kamiakin claim the region championship.
Carlie Richards led the Braves’ 17-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs.
Against North Central, the Braves pounded out 16 hits.
Melanie Oord had two hits, including a triple, and drove in five runs.
Bisson said the 3A tournament draw will likely occur Monday.
North Central 101 00 — 2 3 3
Kamiakin 252 7x — 16 16 1
Olson, Horne (4) and Levien; Emiley Moore, Cassie Ramsey (5) and Tawny Becker. Highlights—Hunter Schneitter (K) 2x4, Melanie Oord (K) 2x3, 5 RBIs, 3B; Emily Benson (K) 2x2, 2B; Carlie Richards (K) 2x2, 3B; McKenzie Lowry (K) 2x4, 2B; Jenna Castilleja (K) 3x4; Cylie Richards (K) 2x3.
University 000 030 8 — 11 10 3
Kamiakin 012 132 3 — 12 17 2
Douglass and Aubrey; Moore, Kaitlin Austin (7), Moore (7) and Becker. Highlights—Tacke (U) 2x5; Douglass (U) 2x4, 3B; Hannan (U) 2x4; Wesselman (U) 2x4; Schneitter 2x5, 2B; Benson 3x4, 3B; Ca.Richards 4x5, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs; Lowry 2x5; Castilleja 2x4; Becker 2x3, 2 2Bs.
1A SCAC: Aaliyah Enriquez tossed a no-hitter in the semifinals, then a 1-hitter in the championship game as Warden won the 1A SCAC district softball title at West Valley in Yakima.
“She was a monster today,” said Warden coach Wes Richins of Enriquez, who shut down Connell in the title game in a 10-0 victory. “In three district games, she gave up one unearned run. (Connell) is a very good team, very well-coached. But it was our day.”
Warden beat River View 10-0 in the semifinals.
Enriquez struck out 10 batters against River View, and another nine against Connell. She also was 4-for- 6 at the plate.Teammate Lexi Pruneda added five hits on the day.
Zillah beat River View 8-1 to earn the SCAC’s third state tournament berth.
River View 000 00 — 0 0 4
Warden 105 4x — 10 10 0
Lozier and Saleca; Aaliyah Enriquez and Juliana Pruneda. Highlights—Enriquez 10 Ks, 2x3, 2B; Lexi Pruneda (W) 2x3, 3B; Leilani Pruneda (W) 2x3, 2B.
Connell 000 00 — 0 1 4
Warden 150 31 — 10 11 0
Mathis and Cordnier. Enriquez and J.Pruneda. Highlights—Enriquez 9 Ks, 2x3, 2B; Lexi Pruneda 3x3, 3 runs, 3B; Leilani Pruneda 2x3, 2 2Bs; Shania Kisler (W) 2x3.