The three-time defending champion Kamiakin Braves went 2-0 on the first day of the Class 3A state softball tournament.
Richland won both of its games Friday to start the 4A tournament, while Walla Walla hung tough after an opening-round loss.
Kamiakin kicked off its title defense at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey with a 7-0 win over North Thurston. The Braves (18-6) then trounced Edmonds-Woodway 13-3 to advance to a 9 a.m. semifinal today against Everett, the team they defeated in 2012 for their first state championship.
“They’re really good,” Kamiakin coach Tim Bisson said. “They only lost one game all year, but we’re playing pretty good right now.”
Carlie Wyant hit a three-run triple with two outs in the first inning to get things going against North Thurston. Fellow senior Tawny Becker hit a two-run homer against Edmonds-Woodway, and freshman Madison Matthews’ two-run double with no outs in the seventh completed the 10-run victory.
Emiley Moore struck out six North Thurston batters in six innings. She gave up 11 hits but went the distance against Edmonds-Woodway, which led 3-0 before Kamiakin rallied with a six-run third.
Meanwhile, Richland’s offense helped the Bombers get through two tight games at Spokane’s Merkel Sports Complex.
Kelsea Hinkley and Stephanie Merwin each had two RBIs in their 5-4 first-round win over Battle Ground. Richland scored four runs in the fifth to come back from a 4-1 deficit.
The Bombers then dispatched Yelm with a 13-10 victory. Though Richland was outhit 16-14, April Utecht hit a three-run homer, and Paige Liikala and Alicia Maul also each had three RBIs.
Bailie Singleton came in for fellow freshman Brandi Andrews, who had pitched most of the day, to get the save. Singleton had pitched one inning before Friday.
“She shows no nerves at all,” Richland coach Casey Emery said. “We felt pretty good about putting her in there. She had a great change and good location.”
At 11 a.m. today, Richland (23-3) will play in a semifinal against nationally ranked Woodinville, which beat Walla Walla for the 4A title in 2012.
The Blue Devils’ hopes of returning to the championship game were dashed early with a 12-2 loss to Snohomish. Wa-Hi senior third baseman Lauren Likes suffered a broken leg when a Snohomish runner slid into her during the second inning.
In the consolation bracket, Walla Walla beat Moses Lake 13-3 in six innings to eliminate the Chiefs. The Blue Devils (19-6), last year’s state runners-up, were scheduled to play Olympia in another loser-out game Friday night, but it was postponed until 9 a.m. today because of a storm.
Ciarra Davis and Rainie Ehret; Emiley Moore, Baylee Day (7) and Tawny Becker. Highlights: Jenna Castilleja (K) 2x4; Carlie Wyant (K) 2x3, 3-run 3B; Moore (K) 6IP-6K.
No outs when winning run scored. Kyra Collingridge, Mariah Woolery (4), Collingridge (5) and Jackie Lovelace; Moore and Becker. Highlights: Lovelace (E-W) 4x4; Ferrari Girouard (E-W) 3x3; Woolery (E-W) 2x2; Castilleja (K) 2x3; Becker (K) 2x3, 2B, 2-run HR, 4 RBIs; Kristen Schoffstall (K) 2x4, 2 RBIs; Wyant (K) 3x4, 2B, 3B; Madison Matthews (K) 2B; Maddy Dilger (K) 2x4; Moore (K) 2x2.
WP—Brandi Andrews (catcher Paige Liikala). LP—Parker Boyd. Highlights: Alexis Morrison (BG) 2x3, 3B, 2 RBIs; Destiny Davenport (BG) 2x3, RBI; Kelsea Hinkley (R) 2x4, 2B, R, 2 RBIs; Stephanie Merwin (R) 2x3, 2B, R, 2 RBIs; Alicia Maul (R) 2B; Emily DuBois (R) 2B, 2R; Andrews (R) 7IP-8K.
WP—Andrews (Liikala). LP—Drea Schwaier. Highlights: Ally Choate (Y) 3x5, 3B, 3R, RBI; Tayler Finch (Y) 4x5, 2B, 2R, 2 RBIs; Sage Ferrell (Y) 2x4, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBIs; Schwaier (Y) 2x4, RBI; Nicki Dehan (Y) 2x3, 2 2Bs, 3R, RBI; April Utecht (R) HR, 3 RBIs; Abby Perryman (R) 2x4, 2B, 2R, 2 RBIs; Alicia Maul (R) 2x4, 2R, HR, 3 RBIs; Andrews (R) 2x4, 2B, RBI; Liikala (R) 4x4, R, 3 RBIs; Bailie Singleton (R) 3B, RBI; DuBois (R) 2B.
Alyssa Simons and Morgan Greenlee; Brandi Schoessler and Mikaela Forcum. Highlights: Simons (S) 7IP-13K-1BB, 2x5, 3B; Sami Reynolds (S) 4x5, 3R; Bailey Greenlee (S) 2x5; M. Greenlee (S) 3x5, 2 2Bs; Carmen Morrison (S) 3B; Amelia Bridgeman (S) 2x4, 3B; Faith Hoe (WW) 2x4, HR; Lauren Hoe (WW) 3B, R.
CLASS 2A: Othello, last year’s state runner-up, is into the semifinals at Carlon Park in Selah.
Madison Martinez struck out 10 and allowed two hits as the Huskies opened the tournament with a 10-0 win over Sequim in six innings.
She then went 4-for-4 at the plate while Dominique Martinez pitched a two-hitter of her own to lead Othello to a 6-1 quarterfinal victory against Granite Falls.
Diamond Franco had five hits on the day for the Huskies (21-3), the last CWAC team left in the championship bracket after Ellensburg and Selah lost in the quarters.
Othello will meet W.F. West at 10 a.m. today.
“It feels pretty good, but W.F. West is good,” said Othello coach Rudy Ochoa, whose team seeks its first state title since 2008. “We’re gonna have our hands full tomorrow. We know that. Hopefully we come out on top.”
1 out when winning run scored. McKenzie Bentz, Jordan Bentz (6) and Emily Copeland, M. Bentz (6); Madison Martinez and Sofie Rodriguez, Mariah DeLeon (5). Highlights: M. Martinez (O) 6IP-10K-1BB-2H; Lidi DeLeon (O) 2x4; Diamond Franco (O) 3x4, 3B; M. DeLeon (O) 3x4, 2 2Bs; Karissa Valdez (O) 2x4, 2B.
Dominique Martinez and Rodriguez; Lauren Harding and Dannica West. Highlights: Taylor Arndt (GF) 2x4, 2 2Bs; Franco (O) 2x4, 2B; M. Martinez (O) 4x4, 2B; D. Martinez (O) 3x4, 2B; Rodriguez (O) 2B.
CLASS 1A: Connell’s title hopes ended in the first round with a 5-2 loss to La Center at Columbia Playfield in Richland.
But the Eagles won their next two games, beating South Whidbey 3-2 and 2014 champion Elma 12-11.
Connell (23-3) will face Cle Elum/Roslyn in another loser-out game at 11 a.m. today.
No other details were available at press time.
CLASS 2B: Dayton and DeSales advanced to the quarterfinals at Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima, while an opening-round loss sent Warden into the consolation bracket.
Sarah Phillips, Samii Bledsoe and Kellie Moore drove in three runs apiece to lead Dayton (24-10) in a 13-8 win over Okanogan.
Dayton faced Adna late Friday, while DeSales was set to play defending champion Toutle Lake after its 8-5 win over Brewster.
With its 4-3 loss to Morton-White Pass in eight innings, Warden wound up in an elimination game against Northwest Christian (Colbert). The Cougars (22-3) won 7-4 and will play at 10 a.m. today against Colfax or Pe Ell-Willapa Valley.
Peyton Oules, Trinity Wood (4) and Paxton Wood; Megan Robins and Madison Mings. Highlights: Jill Townsend (O) 2H; Keeley Morris (O) 2H; Kendra Bryson (O) 2H; Sarah Phillips (D) 3 RBIs; Samii Bledsoe (D) 3 RBIs; Kellie Moore (D) 2H, 3 RBIs.
CLASS 1B: Colton’s six-year run at the top has ended, and first-time state qualifier Liberty Christian (20-4) will try to capitalize.
After a 16-1, five-inning victory against Wishkah Valley, the Patriots reached the title game at Gateway Sports Complex with a 10-0 win over Sunnyside Christian in six innings.
At 4 p.m. today, they will face Almira/Coulee-Hartline, which upset Colton 9-4 in the semifinals.
Kiersten Peterson pitched a pair of four-hitters for Liberty Christian, while Bella Loera had five hits on the day.
Sunnyside Christian, which beat Curlew 9-7 in the first round, will face Quilcene at 2 p.m. today for the right to play in the third-/fourth-place game.
Megan Hill and Abbi Van Blaricom; Kiersten Peterson and Katie Steele. Highlights: Emily Olson (WV) 1x2; Jillian Sitsler (LC) 2x3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Bella Loera (LC) 4x4, 3 RBIs; Steele (LC) 2x2, 3B, 4 RBIs; Peterson (LC) 3x4, 2 RBIs.
Peterson; Aydan Harrington. Highlights: Liv Kelly (LC) 2x4, 2 RBIs; Loera (LC) 2B, RBI; Melody Bush (LC) 3B, RBI; Peterson (LC) 6IP-4H-0R-0BB-10K; Kristen Broersma (SC) 2B.