Pitching was the main winner Thursday as Central Valley and University claimed district softball titles at Whitworth.
CV’s Carli Riordan (9-2) won the 4A title game 2-0 and U-Hi’s Brittany Hecker (15-4) won the 3A title game 3-2, but Mead’s Hannah Beloved and North Central’s Malia Wash were just as sharp. The four combined to strike out 36 and walk three.
Beloved (7-3) struck out 11 and walked none.
“I can relate and I definitely feel for her,” said Riordan, who struck out eight and escaped a bases-loaded situation in the fourth thanks to her catcher, Kiara McCoy.
McCoy called for a drop ball on a 3-2 count with one out. Mead’s Kodee Kinder struck out, and McCoy dug the ball out of the dirt and doubled up Ashlynn Bocook at third base.
CV’s Bailey Bergdahl singled up the middle with one out in the second, stole second and scored on Tia Pau’s two-out single that went under the glove of shortstop Anna Mattingly.
CV added an insurance run in the sixth on two errors and a stolen base.
“I definitely tip my hat to Beloved,” CV coach Joe Stanton said. … “She really bit us on the outside corner all night long.”
NC’s Wash (14-4) struck out seven while Hecker fanned 10, including six of the last seven she faced.
“Hecker composed herself and threw the way she was capable, especially the last couple of innings,” U-Hi coach Jon Schuh said.
NC led 1-0 after Lauren Hare’s RBI single in the first, but U-Hi struck for two in the fourth, boosted by Taylor Morales’ leadoff double. Jessica Huffman’s RBI double in the fourth tied the game, but Morales led off the sixth with a single and scored on Brooklyn Tacke’s two-out double.
“I wanted to make sure that I got on and got my team to score in those innings, just because we needed them so much,” Morales said.
CV (16-3) is the No. 1 seed to the 4A regional and will play at noon May 18 in Richland for a state berth. U-Hi (16-5) is the top seed to the 3A regional and will host Kennewick or Sunnyside at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Mead (13-6) will play Lewis and Clark at 5 p.m. today at Whitworth for the final 4A regional berth. NC (16-4) will meet Shadle Park at 3 today at Whitworth for regional seeding.
District 7 2A
Colville 10, East Valley 0 (5): McKenna Cabbage struck out nine and pitched a one-hitter as the Indians (20-1) defeated the visiting Knights (11-11). Colville hosts West Valley for the district title and top regional seed at noon Saturday. EV plays Deer Park at 2 p.m. Saturday in a loser-out.
West Valley 11, Deer Park 1: Jess Mitchell pitched a four-hitter as the Eagles (13-9) trounced the host Stags (15-6).
5A Region I
Coeur d’Alene 7, Lewiston 0: Lindsie Scholwinski had 15 strikeouts and allowed four hits as the host Vikings ousted the Bengals.
CdA advances to a state play-in game in Fruitland at 1 p.m. Saturday.
4A Region I
Sandpoint 9, Moscow 2: Morgan Bluemer tripled twice and drove in three runs as the host Bulldogs eliminated the Bears. Sandpoint travels to Lakeland on Saturday and must win twice to qualify for state.