The WA Force Black hammered out 18 hits in support of pitcher Kadi Patterson’s five-inning stand, and the Tri-Cities team beat the Othello Force 13-5 at the ASA State 16U A/B Softball Tournament at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex.
Patterson (Hanford) scattered seven hits and struck out five in the contest, and April Utecht (Richland) had a home run en route to three RBIs.
And in Force Black’s nightcap, Kayla Andrews (Richland) scattered four hits and struck out 10 over the distance of a 7-2 victory against Capital Lady Outlaws.
WA Force Black advanced to a quarterfinal contest scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. today on Field 3.
WA Force Black 222 07 — 13
Othello Force 311 00 — 5
Black battery: Kadi Patterson (Hanford) and April Utecht (Richland). Highlights—Black: Stephanie Merwin (Richland) 3x4, 2B, 2 RBI; Maddy Jones (Richland) 2x3, RBI; Utecht 4x4, HR, 3 RBI; Patterson 3x5, 5IP-7H-5K; Hailey Watkins (Richland) 2x3, 2 RBI; Alicia Maul (Richland) 2x2, RBI
Capital Lady Outlaws 001 001 0 — 2 4 3
WA Force Black 133 000 0 — 7 9 2
Black battery: Kayla Andrews (Richland) and Danielle Tollison (Southridge). Highlights—Black: Jones 2x3, 2B; Patterson 2x3, 2B, RBI; Victoria Nunez (TC Prep) RBI; Andrews 7IP-10K.