Wa-Hi softball best of times continue against Falcons

Wa-Hi's softball team scores 30 runs, and allows none, in a twin bill sweep of Hanford to remain undefeated.

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Wa-Hi pitcher Hope Klicker prepares to pitch during the Blue Devils' 14-0 first-game victory over Hanford Tuesday.

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Wa-Hi's Courtney Zaro (foreground) heads to first base as Blue Devil teammate Jill McDaniels (left) heads home during the five-run fifth inning in the twin bill opener.

WALLA WALLA - The best of times and the worst of times were on full display Tuesday afternoon during a Big Nine Conference softball doubleheader at Murr Sports Park.

The best for the four-time Cascade Division champion Wa-Hi Blue Devils, who celebrated Senior Day by keeping their perfect league and overall records intact.

The worst for the visiting Hanford Falcons, who were on the receiving end of two lopsided setbacks administered by the Blue Devils.

Wa-Hi banged out 30 runs and 33 hits in 14-0 and 16-0 romps - both of which were ended by the mercy rule after four-and-a-half innings of play.

The Blue Devils improved to 14-0 in the division and 19-0 overall.

"The kids did a great job," Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys said. "Their pitchers were throwing the ball across the plate and our kids were hitting it."

Wa-Hi fireworks commenced in the first inning of game one. Alyson Ambler ripped an RBI triple to left field, Hope Klicker stroked a run-scoring single to the same location and Tara Garcia capped the frame with a two-run base knock to center.

RBI hits by Garcia (triple), Vicki Reardon (double), and Jill McDaniels (single), who ended up with four safeties in the game, were significant swings in a five-run third inning that increased the Blue Devils' lead to 9-0.

Wa-Hi put up five more runs in the fourth. RBI contributors in the stanza were McDaniels (two-run double), Tarynn Fortune (RBI double), and Courtney Zaro (run-producing two-bagger).

Klicker was solid in the circle. She allowed just four hits over five innings and struck out eight.

"You can't take anybody for granted," Humphreys said. "The kids did a good job to set the tone and (take) control."

As they did in the opener, the Blue Devils got their offensive party started in the initial inning of the nightcap. Andrea Hamada began the scoring with an RBI single and Klicker followed moments later with a two-run hit.

Wa-Hi upped its advantage to 8-0 with five runs in the second. Hamada slapped a two-RBI single, Klicker blasted a two-run home run to left, and Paige Pontarolo collected a run-scoring single.

Klicker's long fly was the first ever hit over the Murr Sports Park fence, which measures 232 feet down the left-field line.

Alicia Baker made it 9-0 Wa-Hi in the third inning with an inside-the-park homer to center.

The Blue Devils tallied seven runs in the fourth. Reardon (triple) and Ambler (single) contributed two-run hits while Hamada (double) and Baker (single) added a run producer apiece.

Ambler no-hit the Falcons in her five-inning stint. She fanned eight and walked one.

Tuesday's contests were the final regular-season home games for seniors Baker, Fortune, Garcia, McDaniels, Reardon, Zaro and Megan Ocanaz.

"It's a great group of kids," Humphreys said. "They're not only great athletes, they're great people. We'll miss them, but we're excited we'll have another three or four weeks with them."

Wa-Hi ends its regular season Thursday at Mac-Hi.

First Game

Hanford 000 00 - 0 4 3

Wa-Hi 405 5x - 14 15 0

DeVine and Prewett. Klicker and Reardon.

HR - none.

Hits - Hanford: Bradley 2, Louie, Greeting; Wa-Hi: McDaniels 4, Reardon 3, Ambler 2, Garcia 2, Zaro, Klicker, Fortune, Pontarolo.

Second Game

Hanford 000 00 - 0 0 4

Wa-Hi 351 7x - 16 18 1

Garcia, DeVine (4) and Prewett. Ambler and Reardon.

HR - Wa-Hi: Klicker, Baker.

Hits - Hanford: none; Wa-Hi: Hamada 3, Baker 3, Payne 3, Ambler 2, Klicker 2, Bezdicek 2, Reardon 2, Pontarolo.

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