WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School smashed Kennewick Monday in a pair of Mid-Columbia Conference softball games.
Ellie Rassbach threw a no-hitter in game one as Wa-Hi cruised to a five-inning, 12-1 victory and the Blue Devils kept the momentum going in a 11-2 rout in the nightcap.
The Blue Devils (7-1 MCC, 8-3) held a cancer awareness night and honored longtime coach and friend of the program Carol Peterson, who is fighting cancer.
“It was really great,” Wa-Hi coach Kate Keyes said. “I think they raised over $600 for the cancer center at St. Mary’s, and it was a great time for us to honor a great coach and part of our program, Carol Peterson.”
Although Rassbach didn’t give up a hit in the opener, the game started with a bit of a hiccup.
Rassbach hit the first batter she faced, Kennewick’s Alyssa Gonzalez, and, thanks to a Wa-Hi error, Gonzalez came around to score.
But Rassbach and the Wa-Hi defense rebounded, shutting the Lions out for the remainder of the game while the offense went to work.
“She had a great night,” Keyes said of Rassbach. “She threw the ball well and hit her spots. She only had three strikeouts though, so the defense had to go to work. I’m glad they got over that first inning and were able to do a great job the rest of the game.”
Wa-Hi responded with six runs in the bottom of the first and rolled from there, scoring runs in the second and third inning before the game ended after 4 1/2 innings.
“I was really proud of the fact that after they had that run score on them they came out and put six on the board just to make a statement, and then they just kind of took control from there,” Keyes said.
The Blue Devils put seven on the board before Kennewick (0-8 MCC, 2-12) scored two runs in the third inning of the nightcap.
The Blue Devils scored four more runs in the fifth inning to push the score to 11-2.
“We didn’t put as many runs on the board,” Keyes said of the second game, “but we still had momentum and put pressue on them offensively.”
Catcher Kendsey Hill led the offense with a 5-for-7 day at the plate including three RBI. As a team the Blue Devils piled on 25 base knocks.
“I think she just consistently put the ball in play and she hit it hard,” Keyes said of Hill. “She makes great decisions and she likes to be a hitter. That helps.”
In the second game, Ferenz scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking four in a complete-game effort.
“I think Kate Ferenz did a great job in the second game,” Keyes said. “She came out pretty strong and only got better as the game went on.”
The Blue Devils host Kamiakin for single game Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Kennewick 100 00 — 1 0 3
Wa-Hi 633 0x — 12 12 2
Dixon, DeRoos (3) and NA. Rassbach and Hill.
Hits — Ken: none; Wa-Hi: Strom, Ferenz 2, Aichele, Hill 2, McDaniels, Rassbach 2, Smyth 3.
Kennewick 002 000 0 — 2 4 4
Wa-Hi 430 040 x — 11 13 1
DeRoos and NA. Ferenz and Hill.
Hits — Ken: A. Gonzalez, Nava, Wade, J. Gonzalez; Wa-Hi: Strom, Ferenz 2, Norby, Hill 3, McDaniels 2, Rassbach, Smyth 2, Likes.