With sisters Andrea and Ashley Hamada playing in major softball tournaments next weekend on opposite sides of the state, the Hamada family vehicle could collect substantial miles.
Andrea Hamada will lead CBBN No. 1 seed Walla Walla into Saturday's CBBN/Greater Spokane League 4A regional softball tournament at Central Valley High School in Spokane. Hamada, a senior third baseman, helped the Blue Devils (21-1) win the district title this weekend in Pasco. Wa-Hi has a first-round regional bye Saturday and will play Chiawana or the winner of Tuesday's Gonzaga Prep/Mead game at 2 p.m.
While Hamada tries to get Wa-Hi back to the state tournament, her older sister will be playing on the west side in the NCAA Division I tournament.
Texas Tech senior outfielder Ashley Hamada and the Red Raiders (40-15) open NCAA regional play against Maryland on Friday in Seattle. The winner of that game would face Harvard or No. 16 Washington.
An additional note regarding the NCAAs: No. 11 Oregon will face Portland State in the Eugene Regional opener, while Oregon State will meet Tulsa in the Norman (Okla.) Regional.
Hope Klicker's College of Charleston squad fell just short of an NCAA automatic bid after finishing as the runner-up in the Southern Conference tournament.
Klicker, a left-hander who helped Walla Walla win the 4A state title last year, won five games in the SoCon tournament, tying a record set in 2008 by Brooke Loudermilk of Chattanooga. She also was named to the all-tournament team.
The Cougars' tournament run ended Saturday in Boone, N.C., with a 6-2 loss to No. 1 Georgia Southern. Earlier in the day, College of Charleston (37-23) had defeated No. 2 Chattanooga 7-6 and Georgia Southern 4-3.