Wa-Hi holds off 3A power Holy Names

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WALLA WALLA — Kendsey Hill led off the eighth inning for Walla Walla High School with a triple to the base of the right-field fence here Saturday in non-conference softball action.

Class 3A power Holy Names Academy had led the Blue Devils 1-0 and 3-1 before Wa-Hi got it tied in the fifth and set the stage for Hill’s blast.

Jacie McDaniels followed Hill with a sharp grounder that got under the third baseman’s glove for a hit and Hill walked home with the game winner as Wa-Hi downed the Cougars, 4-3.

The Cougars scored in the first, but Wa-Hi got a McDaniels double and a Kate Ferenz ground out to get even in the fourth. The Cougars retook the lead with two in the fifth, but Hill doubled home two in the home fifth to tie the game at 3-3.

“It was nice to see the middle of the order (Hill and McDaniels) step up big,” Blue Devil coach Kate Keyes said. “It was a fantastic game, Holy Names is a traditionally good program. It was good to see a quality team before Richland.”

Ellie Rassbach went all the way in the circle for the Blue Devils, gave up three hits, two earned runs and struck out seven. Carly Clark’s three hits paced Wa-Hi’s nine-hit attack.

“Ellie did a great job,” Keyes said. “Her change up was working, and she went right after them. Her eight strikeouts were awesome.”

On Friday, Wa-Hi ran its Mid Columbia Conference record to 9-1 with a sweep of Pasco. Wa-Hi hit on all cylinders as the Blue Devils swamped the injured Bulldogs 17-0 and 24-0.

“Pasco has had some challenges,” Keyes said. “Their pitcher got hit with a line drive and is out. They’ve had some other key injuries.”

Ferenz threw a five-inning no hitter for Wa-Hi to open the MCC double dip. Rassbach came within one hit of duplicating Ferenz in the second game as Shelby Fuston collected Pasco’s only hit of the day.

On offense, Wa-Hi pounded out 42 hits on the day and scored in every inning. Hill led the way with an eight-hit performance. Storm and McDaniels each collected six hits on the afternoon.

“Both pitchers (Ferenz and Rassbach) did a good job on the mound,” Keyes said. “We did a good job of adjusting to pitching we hadn’t seen. We kept putting the ball in play and moving runners around.”

Wa-Hi 9-1 in the MCC hosts Richland, 10-0, Tuesday at 4 p.m.

WA-HI 4, HOLY NAMES 3

HNA 100 020 00 — 3 3 0

Wa-Hi 000 120 01 — 4 9 2

Thomas and McCarthy; Rassbach and Hill.

Hits — HNA: McCarthy, Carlson, Nelson; Wa-Hi: Hill 2, McDaniels 2, Rassbach, Ferenz, Clark 3.

Friday’s Games

First Game

Wa-Hi 231 92 — 17 14 1

Pasco 000 00 — 0 0 3

Ferenz and Hill; McKenney, Montalongo (4) and Swintech.

Hits — Wa-Hi: Storm 2, Aichele, Hill 3, McDaniels 2, Rassbach 2, Ferenz, Smyth, Norby, Schultz; PHS: none.

Second Game

Wa-Hi (10)31 55 — 24 28 0

Pasco 000 00 — 0 1 3

Rassbach and Hill; Montalongo, McKenney (4) and Swintech.

Hits — Wa-Hi: Storm 4, Davis 3, Hill 5, McDaniels 4, Rassbach 3, Ferenz, Smyth 2, Clark 3, Likes 3; PHS: Fuston.

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