Blue Devils pick up rivalry win over Pioneers

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi picked up a single-game victory over Oregon rivals Mac-Hi in prep softball action at the Walla Walla Community College softball fields here Tuesday.

The Blue Devils won, 14-1, in five innings.

"It was a great game," said Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys. "It was a fun night to play. It was definitely an enjoyable event to be in."

The rivalry game happens once a year, Humphreys said. It gives both teams the chance to see other styles of play.

"There was a lot of back and forth in the first couple of innings," Humphreys said. "They took advantage of a couple of things in the third inning and got a run. That fired our kids up and we came out and strung the hits together. Our pitchers (Alyson Ambler and Hope Klicker) closed it out."

Humphreys was also impressed by Mac-Hi.

"They've got some good pitchers so it's nice to see some other arms," he said. "Their coach, Nicole Christian, has a great intensity and that carries through with the team. It's always good to play good competitors."

Mac-Hi is 13-8 overall and 3-5 in league play. The Pioneer return to Greater Oregon League action with a doubleheader with Ontario at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Blue Devils are 9-1 in league and 17-1 overall. They're currently tied with Richland at the top of the Columbia Basin Big Nine standings and host Wenatchee at 4 p.m. Friday in their last home doubleheader and league finale. Wenatchee is No. 3 behind Wa-Hi and Richland.

The Blue Devils' playoff schedule begins next week in Richland.

Wa-Hi 14, Mac-Hi 1

Mac-Hi 001 00 - 1 2 2

Wa-Hi 00(10) 4x - 14 10 0

Erm, Garcia (3) and Kessler; Ambler, Klicker (5) and Hill.

Hits - Mac-Hi: Reed 2. Wa-Hi: Jimenez 3, Hamada, Klicker, Payne, Hill, Gerling, Hartford, Bezdicek 2, Smuth 2, McDaniels.

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