Wind shortens Wa-Hi girls match

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MOSES LAKE - Wa-Hi's girls endured wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour and finished fourth at the second Big Nine pod match of the season here Monday.

"Due to extensive winds the match was shortened to nine holes," Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. "Branches were coming out of trees, dust was flying in their eyes. The girls did really well, considering the weather conditions."

Richland's Kristin Strankman carded a 40 to lead the field.

Jessica Huntsman tied for sixth with a 49 to lead the Blue Devils.

Other Blue Devil counting scores included Larissa Mercado tied for 13th at 55; Cassie Patterson in 16th at 57; and Shanna Postlewait at 62. Kendall Dunovant also carded 62.

Richland won the match at 185, followed by Wenatchee 212, Chiawana 218, Wa-Hi 223 and Moses Lake's 235. Davis and Eisenhower fielded incomplete teams.

After two pod matches, Richland leads the team standings at 14, followed by Wenatchee 12, Chiawana 10, Wa-Hi 8, Moses Lake 6, Davis 2 and Eisenhower 0.

Wa-Hi next heads to Wenatchee for a noon shotgun start Tuesday. Four pod matches remain in the season, and coach Patterson said the Blue Devils' goal is to move into second in the league standings.

"We have a chance to catch Chiawana or Wenatchee," he said. "We really want to get that second place in league. If we play well - up to our potential - there's a chance to take second."

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