No. 2 Blue Devils softball team remain undefeated

Wa-Hi's pitching duo of Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler keep Eastmont off balance for two 10-0 wins.



Wa-Hi's Megan Ocanaz slides across home plate as she's tagged by Eastmont catcher Alex Ellis during their Friday afternoon game. Home plate was a busy place throughout the game while the Blue Devils added on the runs and Hope Klicker sat the Wildcats down.


Blue Devil pitcher Hope Klicker fires to first ahead of an Eastmont runner after fielding a sharp ground ball during their softball doubleheader Friday.

WALLA WALLA - The lefty-righty pitching combination of Hope Klicker and Alyson Ambler powered Wa-Hi to a 10-0, 10-0 sweep of Eastmont here Friday in Cascade Division girls softball action.

Southpaw Klicker opened the double bill with a six-inning no-hitter and faced the minimum 18 hitters. Caylan Haehl, the Wildcats' leadoff hitter in the first inning, reached on a Blue Devil error, but was later gunned down by Wa-Hi catcher Vicky Reardon attempting to steal third.

Klicker retired the next 17 batters she faced, recording four strikeouts.

"We came to this game not knowing what kind of hitters they were," Klicker said of Eastmont. "I did not feel that I had that great of a game. I went out there and focused on getting outs."

The right-handed member of the duo took command for the nightcap. Ambler brought her arsenal of breaking pitches and change-ups to pitch a complete five-inning, three-hit shutout. Ambler finished with eight strikeouts.

"Hope throws a little harder and Al throws more junk and moves the ball around," Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys said. "They're effective on their own, but in combination, they're tough. Teams just get used to one and then they get a completely different look."

Klicker jump-started the Blue Devil offense as she led off the home second of the opener in a scoreless tie with a triple.

The Blue Devils never looked back. Tarynn Fortune added an RBI triple and Jill McDaniels culminated the four-run Wa-Hi second with a run-scoring triple into the left-field corner.

Klicker finished the game with four hits and added three more in game two to complete a perfect 7-for-7 day at the plate.

"It was really nice to come out here and just hit the ball," Klicker said. "I haven't been hitting the way I've been wanting to.

"We all contributed," Klicker said of the Wa-Hi offense. "We're all contributors and we're going to do it together. That's what it comes down to - the team effort."

Reardon's two-run triple in the home sixth pushed the ninth and 10th Blue Devil runs to end the first game.

After Ambler struck out the side to open game two, Andrea Hamada blasted a one-out triple to the right-center fence and the Blue Devils were off and running.

Wa-Hi scored three times on four hits to take a 3-0 lead after one inning. Reardon doubled in a run in the second and Wa-Hi batted around to score six times in the third. Hamada and Fortune each contributed two-run singles to the six-run third.

Reardon and Klicker each had three hits, and Hamada and Ashley Bezdicek added two each as Wa-Hi pounded out 12 hits - 26 total in the twin bill sweep.

"Holy cow, the kids are playing great," Humphreys said. "They're hustling, swinging the bats well, playing good defense and our pitchers are keeping runs off the board. Things are going well."

Wa-Hi improves to 4-0 in division play, 9-0 on the season, and defended its No. 2 state ranking with the wins.

"It's nice to have a number," Klicker said of the state ranking. "It nice to know that everyone acknowledges us for our effort and teamwork. But right now, we're just focusing on getting wins."

Wa-Hi travels to Richland to face the Bombers in a division battle Friday.

First Game

Eastmont 000 000 - 0 0 1

Wa-Hi 040 213 - 10 14 1

Andrus and Ellis; Klicker and Reardon.

Hits - Eastmont: none; Wa-Hi: McDaniels 2, Klicker 4, Reardon, Fortune 2, Ocanaz, Baker 2, Ambler 2.

Second Game

Eastmont 000 00 - 0 3 1

Wa-Hi 316 0X - 10 12 1

Auvil, Andrus (3) and Ellis; Ambler and Reardon, Hill (4).

Hits - Eastmont: Andrus, Larimer, Chestnut; Wa-Hi: Hamada 2, Klicker 3, Reardon 3, Bezdicek 2, Ambler, Fortune.


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