SELAH -- Amanda Hall drove in nine runs on the day and went the distance in the championship game as the Washington Explosion claimed the ASA 18A state softball title with a 22-4 demolition of the Chehalis Impact in Selah.
The Explosion, which beat the Kelso Ice 15-6 earlier in the day in the semifinals, finished 7-0 in the tourney and earned an automatic berth into nationals in two weeks in Hemet, Calif.
First is next weekend's regional tournament in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Hall hit a three-run homer and a two-run double during the Explosion's 13-run third inning against Chehalis. Maddie Chambers added a grand slam to power an eight-run fourth and also drove in five runs for the game.
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Hall made her first pitching appearance ever, with the Explosion limited by injuries in the circle and Paige Goulet already having thrown six games on the weekend while allowing just nine runs.
Bailey Walthers was 5-for-6 on the day, while Jamaika Walker, Emily Mills, Courtney Howard and C.J. Elgin had four hits each.
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Paige Goulet and Courtney Howard; n/a. Highlights--Goulet (W) 1K-2BB; Bailey Walthers (W) 2x2, R; C.J. Elgin (W) 1x4, 3R; Jamaika Walker (W) 3x4, 2B, RBI; Amanda Hall (W) 2x4, 2B, 4 RBI; Emily Mills (W) 1x3, 3 RBI; Howard (W) 2x3, 2 RBI; Bethany Burch (W) 2x3, RBI.
Championship: Explosion 22, Impact 4
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Chehalis Impact 120 1 -- 4 8 3
Hall and Howard; n/a. Highlights--Hall (W) 5IP-1K-1BB, 2x3, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3R; Walthers (W) 3x4, 3R, 2 RBI; Elgin (W) 2x3, 2R, RBI; Walker (W) 1x3, R, RBI; Mills (W) 3x4, RBI, 2B, 2R; Lindsey Walchli (W) 1x3, 2R; Maddie Chambers (W) 2x3, 3R, GS HR, 5 RBI; Nina Garcia (W) 2x3, 3R; Howard (W) 2x3, 2B, 3R, 2 RBI.
ASA 16A state tournament
RICHLAND -- Trae Payne, a junior this fall at Walla Walla, smacked a bases-loaded double to the right-center gap to highlight the offensive efforts of the Washington Explosion in a 4-0 victory over the Lake Breeze in the ASA 16A state championship at Columbia Playfield in Richland.
Hope Klicker scattered four hits and struck out seven in the win, which earned the Explosion a berth to the 16A Nationals scheduled Aug. 1-8 in College Station, Texas.
Klicker, a senior this fall at Wa-Hi, had an RBI in the top of the seventh for the Explosion, which is coached by Jay Fox.
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Hope Klicker and Jessica Miracle; Ladines and Havkop. Highlights--Klicker (W) 1x3, RBI, 7IP-7K-0W; Trae Payne (W) 1x2, 3 RBI 2B; Libbie Jimenez (W) 1x2.