Blue Devils send Cadets home winless

Wa-Hi's softball team takes two five-inning Big Nine games from Eisenhower, 11-0 and 16-2, Tuesday at Murr Field.



Playing first base, WaHi's Alyson Ambler (13) puts a tag on Eisenhower base runner Sam Solomon (4) on an attempted pick-off play that would have been the final out of the game Tuesday afternoon during the teams' second game. Tuesday, April 3, 2012


WaHi's Jordana Storm (17) storms around third toward home during the Blue Devils' game against Eisenhower Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's Alyson Ambler pitched a no-hitter in game one, and third baseman Andrea Hamada just the missed the hitting cycle in game two, against the Eisenhower Cadets in Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference softball action here Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Devils were victorious, 11-0 and 16-2, in the two mercy-rule-shortened games.

Ambler had a perfect game going into the top of the fifth, with the Blue Devils leading 11-0 with one out. Then, the Cadets' second hitter of the inning, Gracie Ortiz, hit a soft chopper to third. Hamada charged the ball quickly and made an attempt to glove it, but it glanced off for an error.

Ambler got a groundout and strikeout to follow to settle for the shutout, no-hitter and 11 strikeouts in five innings.

"This game was Alyson's first no-hitter this season," Wa-Hi coach Jerry Humphreys said. "She has had several in past seasons. She really is a great, dominant pitcher."

Hamada recorded a triple, single and two doubles in game two. She just missed the cycle by doubling high off of the left-field wall. That hit turned into one of her two doubles.

"Hamada has been working on hitting line drives," Humphreys said. "So it was great to see rockets, long live drives coming off of her bat today."

Hamada also had a hit in game one, a towering home run to right field.

In the circle in game two for the Blue Devils was Jordan Heiser for the first three innings, and Ellie Rassbach in the final two.

Heiser struck out three, walked none and allowed a single hit with zero runs. Rassbach allowed two runs, on two hits and struck out three while walking two.

"(Jordan) Heiser and (Ellie) Rassbach did well on the mound today," Humphreys said. "They both hadn't had much game experience yet this season. So it was great to see them get out there and compete. They both kept the ball around the plate and let their defense work for them.

"The great thing that both of them did was really recover well when runners got on base," he said. "They allowed some runners on but didn't allow many to score."

Wa-Hi scored 27 runs and had 20 hits with 10 walks in the twin bill. Nine Blue Devils got a hit and seven batters got two or more hits.

Ambler led the team in RBIs with five, and Hamada added four runs batted in during the two games. Wa-Hi also had six extra-base hits together in the two games. Rassbach had three RBIs and a double to go with two singles.

Cadets pitcher Abigail Watkins struggled with control, but battled through all 10 innings of the twin bill in the circle for her team.

Collecting hits for the Cadets in the second game was Morgan Frost, Watkins and Sam Solomon.

The Blue Devils (6-0) don't play again until April 13 at Chiawana.

First game

Yakima 000 00 - 0 0 1

Wa-Hi 612 2x - 11 10 0

Watkins and Kopp. Ambler and Hill.

HR - Wa-Hi: Hamada.

Hits - Wa-Hi: Hamada, Ambler, Hill 2, Rassbach 2, Payne, Storm, Jimenez, Smyth.

Second game

Yakima 000 02 - 2 2 2

Wa-Hi 235 6x - 16 11 1

Watkins and Kopp. Heiser, Rassbach (4) and Hill.

HR - none.

Hits - Yak: Frost, Sanford, Soloman. Wa-Hi: Jimenez, Hamada 4, Ambler 2, Smyth, Storm 2, Kelly.


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