WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi softball coach Jerry Humphreys said his team's goal going into its Tuesday doubleheader with Pasco at Murr Sports Park was to score first in both games.
"That always helps," Humphreys said after his Blue Devils did just that in posting a pair of 12-0 triumphs over the visiting Bulldogs.
Wa-Hi broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the second inning of game one and tallied 10 times in the opening frame of the nightcap. Both games were halted after four-and-a-half innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
"It was a huge deal," Humphreys said. "It's always nice to get started there."
The Blue Devils improved to 3-0 overall following Tuesday's sweep.
Alyson Ambler, who ripped six hits on the day, got Wa-Hi on the board in the first game with a three-run triple into the left-center field gap.
Andrea Hamada added an RBI double to right-center, Vicki Reardon - Wa-Hi's catcher for all but two innings of the twin bill - punched a run-scoring single to right, and Tarynn Fortune was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded to cap the Blue Devils' six-run second.
Wa-Hi put up three runs in both the third and fourth innings. Hamada and starting pitcher Hope Klicker produced a run apiece with singles in the third while Ambler and Reardon put forth similar efforts in the fourth.
Klicker allowed just three hits, struck out 10 and walked one over five innings.
"At the start of the game, we gave them a baserunner (on an error)," Humphreys said. "The kids didn't panic. They came up and pounded the ball."
Of the Blue Devils' 10 runs in the first inning of game two, six came across on wild pitches. Alicia Baker, McDaniels, Paige Pontarolo and Ambler singled in runs as part of the double-digit rally.
Wa-Hi chalked up single runs in the second and fourth stanzas on an infield grounder off the bat of McDaniels and an Ambler double, respectively.
Ambler went the five-inning distance in the circle and, like Klicker, yielded just three hits. She fanned eight and did not walk a batter.
"All of those strikeouts didn't hurt," Humphreys said. "Vicki managed both games very well.
"The thing we were most happy about was that everybody contributed," Humphreys said. "We had some great base-running plays."
The Blue Devils host Chiawana for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.
Pasco 000 00 - 0 3 2
Wa-Hi 063 3x - 12 13 1
Kirk and Menchaca. Klicker and Reardon.
HR - none.
Hits - Pasco: Voorhees, Winston, Walker. Wa-Hi: Ambler 3, Reardon 3, McDaniels 2, Hamada 2, Ocanaz, Baker, Klicker.
Pasco 000 00 - 0 3 4
Wa-Hi (10)10 1x - 12 8 0
Kirk, Menchaca (1) and Menchaca, Winston (1). Ambler and Reardon, Hill (4).
HR - none.
Hits - Pasco: Winston, Walker, Gallegos. Wa-Hi: Ambler 3, McDaniels 2, Baker, Pontarolo, Zaro.