YAKIMA - Wa-Hi didn't lose any respect for Eisenhower after cake-walking to a 27-4 victory over the Cadets here Tuesday in the first game of a Big Nine Conference Cascade Division softball doubleheader.
And that was a good thing, too, because the Blue Devils had to use all of their resources to squeeze out a 3-0 victory in the nightcap to complete the sweep and remain undefeated on the season.
"Eisenhower is a very scrappy team, much better than their record indicates," Blue Devils coach Jerry Humphreys said. "There was no give-up in them, even in the first game."
Which was amazing, considering Wa-Hi's 27-hit onslaught that included 11 doubles and home runs by Jill McDaniels, Alyson Ambler and Tarynn Fortune.
"We've had teams that have scored that many runs in a game before," Humphreys said. "But I've never been involved in a game where the other team is playing pretty well and we are just hitting rockets to the gaps and running like crazy."
McDaniels and Paige Pontarolo led the barrage with five hits each, Ambler finished with four hits, Hamada, Vicki Reardon and Alicia Baker with three each and Hope Klicker with a pair.
McDaniels had three doubles and a single to go with her two-run homer in the fifth inning, and she drove home eight runs and scored five times. Pontarolo had five singles, scored three times and knocked in one run.
Ambler socked a solo home run in the fifth inning, when Wa-Hi scored 13 times, and also contributed two doubles and a single, good for three RBIs and four runs scored. Hamada finished with two singles and a double, two runs scored and two RBIs; Reardon contributed two doubles and a single, and she knocked in three runs; Baker had two doubles and a single, scored four times and chased home two runs; and Klicker chipped in with a single and a double, and drove home two runs.
Fortune's three-run home run in the fourth inning was her only hit of the game. She also walked once and scored on that occasion.
With all that support, Klicker had an easy afternoon in the circle for the Blue Devils. Nevertheless, she limited the Cadets to three singles, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter.
Ambler's pitching performance in the second game was more tenuous as she found herself deadlocked with Eisenhower's Hannah Rumbolz in a scoreless duel until the top of the sixth inning when her single was followed by a Klicker home run. That was all the offense Ambler needed, but the Blue Devils added an unearned insurance run in the seventh when Baker reached on an error. was bunted to second by McDaniels, took third on a fielder's choice and scored on Ambler's infield out.
Ambler's complete-game two-hitter included eight strikeouts and one walk.
"We had a hard time adjusting to Rumbolz in the second game," Humphreys said. "She was not nearly as quick as their first-game pitcher (Ali McClain) and we were hitting a lot of pop-ups. When we finally did starting hitting the ball hard, we hit it right at them.
"Thankfully, Aly pitched a great game and kept them off the board."
The division-leading Blue Devils improved to 15-0 overall and 10-0 in league play. They travel to Kamiakin Friday for a 4 p.m. Cascade Division twin bill at Lawrence Scott Park.
Wa-Hi 802 (13)4-27 27 2
Eisenhower 013 00-4 3 5
Klicker and Reardon; McClain and Hernandez.
HR - Wa-Hi, McDaniels, Ambler, Fortune.
Hits - Wa-Hi: McDaniels 5, Hamada 3, Ambler 4, Klicker 2, Reardon 3, Fortune, Garcia, Pontarolo 5, Baker 3; Ike: Alamo, McClain, Rehfield.
Wa-Hi 000 002 1-3 8 1
Eisenhower 000 000 0-0 2 2
Ambler and Hill; Rumbolz and Hernandez.
HR - Wa-Hi, Klicker.
Hits - Wa-Hi: Ambler 3, Klicker 2, Payne, Hill, Reardon; Ike: McClain, Modest.