Richland, Walla Walla Win, Advance In State 4A Softball

Down but certainly not out. The Richland Bombers found themselves down 6-2 early in their second round game with Rogers (Puyallup). Bottom of the 3rd with 3 runners on base, Richland first baseman, Caitlyn Stevens steps up to the plate and delivers a grand slam tying up the game 6-6. The Bombers never looked back.

In the Bombers’ half of the fourth, they would tack on one more forcing a pitching change from the Rams. By the time the fifth rolled around, Richland had built up a 10-6 lead. It would stay that way until the sixth.

A single, a wild pitch moving the Rogers’ runner into scoring position would bring about a switch from starting pitcher Kayla Andrews to Paige Goulet. Coming in with a 2-2 count, Goulet threw one pitch and got the strikeout. But she would give up a single, an outfield throwing error, a double and the end of the inning found Richland’s lead cut to 10-8.

Bottom sixth, the Bombers put together hit after hit, including a nifty hit-and-run and they built their lead to 13-8. Rogers would score two more off of Goulet. One more pitching change with Andrews returning and Richland comes away with the win. They face Woodinville Saturday morning at 9am in one of the semi-finals in Spokane.

In the top half of the bracket is where Walla Walla lies. In a dominant performance by starting pitcher Alyson Ambler, the Blue Devils overwhelmed the Bothell Cougars with a 13-0 victory in the second round. Ambler’s turned in a picture-perfect performance with a perfect game.  The offense was on a roll as WW was up 5-0 after only four innings. It only got worse from there for the Cougars as the game would be called for the ten-run rule. Walla Walla will play the Jefferson Raiders, a 10-8 winner over the Monroe Bearcats in the second round. Their game is also at 9 am on Saturday.

If both Richland and Walla Walla win, they will face off for the state championship in Spokane tomorrow at 5 pm.