Mac-Hi turns pink against Wa-Hi in non-league softball play      

The Blue Devils complete a 20-0 regular season with the 12-0 victory over the Pioneers as the teams raise breast cancer awareness.



Mac-Hi's Kayla Wright keeps her eyes on the action during a Thursday game against Wa-Hi in Milton-Freewater. Both teams wore pink to support breast cancer awareness.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Hope Klicker had three hits and threw no-hit ball for three innings here Thursday night as Wa-Hi completed a perfect 20-0 regular season with a 12-0 victory over Mac-Hi in non-league softball action before an overflow crowd at Yantis Park.

Klicker struck out six and walked two during her stint in the circle.

The game - stopped because of the mercy rule after five innings - came on a night in which the Pioneers' program recognized six seniors who suited up for their final regular-season home game and players on both sides sported various pink garb to raise awareness of breast cancer.

"It's been an incredible ride so far," Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys said. "The great thing about 20-0 - a great achievement - is that, to the kids, it's not a big deal because they know what they want to accomplish. The season starts over now."

The Blue Devils broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the second inning. Tarynn Fortune scored the first run with an infield grounder and Paige Pontarolo delivered a run-scoring single to right field.

Wa-Hi claimed a 5-0 lead in the third thanks to the long ball. Alyson Ambler lined a two-run home run to straight-away center and Klicker followed with a solo shot to left-center.

Alicia Baker homered to left-center to begin a four-run Blue Devil rally in the fourth inning. Ambler and Vicki Reardon added RBI doubles, and Klicker ripped a run-producing single in the frame.

Wa-Hi closed out the scoring with a trey in the fifth. RBI hits in the inning came from Jill McDaniels (double) and Courtney Zaro (single).

Mac-Hi managed just one hit on the night, a one-out single in the fourth off the bat of Shawney Garcia.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. "Wa-Hi has no losses for a reason."

Mac-Hi seniors honored in pre-game ceremonies were Kayla Wright, Lauren Sams, Karllee Clark, Stefanie Baker, Monica Hernandez and Andrea Roeder.

Mac-Hi, which currently holds a two-game lead over La Grande for the Greater Oregon League's third and final berth into Oregon's Class 4A state playoffs, resumes GOL play on Tuesday at first-place Ontario.

The Blue Devils open district playoff competition next Thursday with a 5 p.m. contest against Pasco at Murr Sports Park. District play concludes May 15 in East Wenatchee.

"Five-29 is their goal," Humphreys said. "Their goal is to win the last game on (May 29, the date of the Washington Class 4A state championship game). We're playing good ball and doing what needs to be done."

Wa-Hi 023 43 - 12 14 0

Mac-Hi 000 00 - 0 1 0

Klicker, Ambler (4) and Reardon; Erm, Hall (5) and Sams.

HR - Wa-Hi: Ambler, Klicker.

Hits - Wa-Hi: Klicker 3, McDaniels 2, Ambler 2, Pontarolo, Baker, Hamada, Reardon, Zaro, Garcia, Hill; Mac-Hi: Garcia.


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