High School Sports

SOFTBALL: Washington Force Black 16U wins national tourney opener

The Washington Force Black 16A held off the North Carolina Lady Lightning Gold 4-2 in the opening game of the ASA 16A National fastpitch softball tournament Monday at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala.

Washington starter Kayla Andrews allowed just two runs on six hits and smashed a three-run home run to help her own cause to cap a four-run third inning rally.

North Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third before Washington got its first run on a two-out, RBI single by April Utecht in the bottom of the fourth.

Andrews then sent a pitch from Avery Callahan over the left-center field fence for a 4-1 lead.

Washington coach Casey Emery praised Andrews’ pitching performance, but said the team’s defense was stellar.

“Our center fielder, Maddie Jones, made a two-out diving catch in the fifth that saved two runs,” Emery said.

Washington will play the Penn. Blue Thunder at 2 p.m. today.

NC Lady Lightning Gold 001 001 0 — 2 6 1

WA Force Black 004 000 x — 4 5 1

Avery Callahan, Courtney Smith (3), Brooke Perrell (5) and Caylin Adams; Kayla Andrews and April Utecht, Danielle Tollison (4). Highlights—Reilly Bramlett (WA) 3x3, R; April Utecht (WA) RBI; Andrews (WA) 3-run HR.

10U Western Nationals: The Tri-City Fuzion 10-U A will play Spokane at 2 p.m. today to open pool play at the Western National tournament at Merkel Park in Spokane. The Fuzion are one of 32 teams at the event but the only Mid-Columbia team competing. Tri-City will wrap up pool play at 2 p.m. Wednesday against today’s winner between Chula Vista (Calif.) and Visalia (Calif.).