Lexi Alaniz drove in two runs while Hanford pitchers Kadi Patterson and Kayla De La Paz held Hermiston to just four hits in the Falcons’ 6-3 nonleague win over the Bulldogs in Richland.
“We played well today. Hermiston is a team that finished second at state last year, and our pitchers did a good job keeping kids off balance,” Falcons coach Lesley Guereca said. “They worked hard to let our defense to the work.”
Makenna Hall had a well-rounded day for Hanford with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.
Hermiston 000 021 0 — 3 4 1
Hanford 050 100 x — 6 10 3
Taylor Betz, Emily Sexton (2) and Alli Rude; Kadi Patterson, Kayla De La Paz (6) and Whitney Nash. Highlights—Rude (Herm) 3B, 2 RBI, SB; Lexi Alaniz (Han) 2 RBI; Miranda Foraker (Han) 3B; Emma Garcia (Han) 2x2, R; Makenna Hall (Han) R, RBI, SB.
Kiona-Benton 19, Prosser 9: The Bears took advantage of eight walks and six errors in a nonleauge win over the Mustangs in Benton City.
Freshman Tegan Carlson, who hit a three-run homer in the second inning and drove in five runs, also had a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
Emily Thornton drove in four runs for the Bears (5-2), who open SCAC East play Saturday against Warden.
Prosser 002 34 — 9 8 6
Kiona-Benton 482 05 — 19 9 2
Two puts when winning run scored
Sydney Stearns, Emma Brown (5) and Ariah Yager; Mikenzeye Alley, Emily Thornton (5) and Meaghan Thalen, Aubony Jackson (5). Highlights—Chey Curran (P) 1x3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Courtney Wolfram (P) 3x3, RBI; Thornton (K) 2x3, 4 RBIs, 2B; Tegan Carlson (K) 3x4, 5 RBIs, HR; Jennessa Barber (K) 2x4, RBI; Andi Corriell (K) 2x4, 2 RBIs.