MOSES LAKE - Undefeated Wa-Hi had everything working here Tuesday as the Blue Devils swept a Big Nine Conference softball doubleheader from Moses Lake, 14-2 and 17-0.
Wa-Hi improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Nine's Class 4A standings. Moses Lake dipped to 3-5 in division games.
The Blue Devils travel to Richland Friday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader showdown with the Bombers. Richland, which was idle Tuesday, is 6-0 in division-counting games.
The Blue Devils got their usual stellar pitching performances from junior Alyson Ambler and senior Hope Klicker Tuesday. Ambler pitched a two-hitter in the first game and struck out 15 Moses Lake batters while Klicker tossed a one-hit shutout in the nightcap, which was called after five innings.
But it was Wa-Hi's offensive onslaught that had coach Jerry Humphreys almost giddy following the sweep. The Blue Devils pounded out 15 hits, including four home runs, in the first game, then topped it with a 20-hit assault in the second game in which no fewer than six Blue Devils left the yard.
"That's a record," Humphreys said of his team's long-ball barrage. "I think the most we've hit before in a doubleheader was three. And there's only been one other time in my 11 years where we've scored 10 runs in a game.
"Right now we've got six different kids who have hit homers, and a couple more who are doing it in practice. They are seeing the ball well and hitting it well. It's a lot of fun to watch them play."
Ambler, Andrea Hamada, TreaAnn Payne and Kendsey Hill all cleared the fence in each game. Klicker and Libbie Jimenez joined the power party in the nightcap.
All told, Wa-Hi belted out 35 hits in the doubleheader.
Klicker, Jimenez, Ambler and Payne collected five hits each, with Payne garnering four of hers in the second game. Hamada and Ashley Bedzdicek added four hits each.
Klicker now leads the team with five home runs and Ambler has four.
"Our point to our players is not to rely on the long ball," Humphreys said. "We need to play the short game as well, and I was happy to see that a lot of our home runs were line shots."
Ambler took a perfect game into the sixth inning of the first game but lost it with two outs when Hallie Van Hathern beat out an infield single. Ambler lost her shutout in the seventh when Holly Perry cracked a double for the Chiefs' only other hit of the game, but both Moses Lake runs were unearned.
An infield single in the second inning by Alex Jones ruined Klicker's no-hit bid in the second game. Klicker finished the abbreviated game with five strikeouts and one walk.
Wa-Hi 022 401 5 - 14 15 1
Moses Lake 000 000 2 - 2 2 4
Ambler and Hill; Van Hathern and Rodach.
HR - Wa-Hi, Hamada, Ambler, Payne, Hill.
Hits - Wa-Hi: Jimenez 3, Hamada 2, Ambler 2, Klicker 2, Payne, Hill, Gerling, McDaniels, Bezdicek 2; ML: Perry, Van Hathern.
Wa-Hi 330 83 - 17 20 1
Moses Lake 000 00 - 0 1 1
Klicker and Hill, McDaniels (4); Smigof and Rodach,
HR - Wa-Hi, Jimenez, Hamada, Ambler, Klicker, Payne, Hill.
Hits - Wa-Hi: Jimenez 2, Hamada 2, Ambler 3, Klicker 3, Payne 4, Hill, Hartford 2, Gerling, Bezdicek 2; ML: Jones.