Richland freshman April Utecht hit a three-run home run -- her fourth homer of the season -- to rev Richland's engine in the top of the first inning, and the Bombers bested host Southridge 7-5 on Tuesday afternoon in a nonleague girls softball matchup.
And it was a day for young blood to set the tone for the next four years, as Suns freshman Jordan Ziemba cracked a three-run homer in the third to pull Southridge within one run at 5-4.
"Ziemba got them right back in the game and gave them some life," Richland coach Casey Emery said.
But Emery credited pitcher Paige Goulet's four-inning stand as key to the Bombers' victory. Goulet combined with starter Kayla Andrews on a seven-hitter that came packaged with 13 strikeouts.
"Our pitching was phenomenal. Paige came in and got the win and kept them off balance," Emery said.
Richland 311 101 0 -- 7 15 3
Southridge 004 010 0 -- 5 7 2
Kayla Andrews, Paige Goulet (4) and April Utecht; Janelle Randles and Makensie Meyer. Highlights--Bailey Walthers (Ric) 3x5, RBI; Dora Hernandez (Ric) 4x4, 2R, RBI; Utecht (Ric) 2x4, 3R HR in 1st, 4 RBI; Lexi McCracken (Ric) 1x3, RBI; Andrews (Ric) 3IP-3H-9K-1W-1ER; Goulet (Ric) 4IP-1ER-4H-4K-2W (win); Jordan Ziemba (Sou) 2x4, 2R, 3R HR in 3rd, 3 RBI; Sarah Gilliam (Sou) 2x4, RBI; Allyssa Allen (Sou) 1x3, 2B; Randles (Sou) 7IP-4K-2W
Wenatchee 11-13, Sunnyside 0-2: Amber Cornwell notched two of Sunnyside's three hits in Game 1 as the Grizzlies found themselves swept on the road against Wenatchee.
Sunnyside 000 00 -- 0 3 4
Wenatchee 731 0x -- 11 7 0
Amber Cornwell and Johanna Chumley; Emile Holzerland and Robin Weigel. Highlights--Cornwell (Sun) 2x2.
Sunnyside 200 -- 2 3 1
Wenatchee 58x -- 13 8 0
Game called because of rain. Cornwell and Chumley; Bri Cyaddock and Holzerland.
W-P 12-13, C-B 10-5: Waitsburg-Prescott took advantage of 19 errors by host Columbia-Burbank during a nonleague doubleheader sweep.
The Coyotes' poor defensive performance overshadowed a fine day by Burbank pitcher Brittany Cotsford, who struck out 18 batters on the day. She also went 6-for-7 at the plate with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Waitsburg-Prescott 130 025 1 -- 12 7 2
Columbia-Burbank 130 005 1 -- 10 10 7
J.Nichols and D.Baker; Brittany Cotsford and Rachel Roberts. Highlights--Cotsford (CB) 3x4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 9 Ks; Christina Reisenauer (CB) 2x5, 2R, 2 RBI; Mandi Hope (CB) 2x4, 2B, 2R; Amber Holst (CB) 2B; Chapman (WP) 3x4, 2R, RBI; Katy Hofer (WP) 2R, 3 RBI.
Waitsburg-Prescott 013 027 0 -- 13 6 2
Columbia-Burbank 101 030 0 -- 5 8 12
Game ended after six innings because of darkness. English and Branak; Cotsford, Roberts (6) and Hope. Highlights--Cotsford (CB) 3x3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 9 Ks; Katie Houser (CB) 2x2, 3 RBI; Baker (WP) 3R; Goenen (WP) 3R; Harris (WP) 2B.