Wa-Hi finds offense against Pioneers

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School’s Ellie Rassbach struck out 11 Mac-Hi batters, and the Blue Devils finally cracked Pioneers starter Colette Robert in the top of the seventh for some runs in a 7-0 non-league tuneup game Thursday at the Walla Walla Community College field.

The Blue Devils, who won the Mid-Columbia Conference District championship last weekend, now focus on the regional tournament.

They take the No. 1 seed and play Central Valley, the No. 1 seed from the Greater Spokane League, at noon Saturday at Richland.

A victory in that game gives them the top seed to the state tournament next weekend.

A loss pits them in a 2 p.m. against the winner of the Richland vs. Mead game for the second seed to state.

On Thursday, Rassbach and Robert were locked in a pitchers’ duel until the seventh inning when Wa-Hi’s offense found its stride and plated seven runs for the victory.

Robert struck out eight Blue Devils in the complete-game in the circle for Mac-Hi, giving up nine Wa-Hi hits.

The Pioneers managed three hits against Rassbach.

Wa-Hi 7, Mac-Hi 0

Wa-Hi 000 000 7 — 7 9 1

Mac-Hi 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

Rassbach and Hill. Robert and Kessler.

HR — none.

Hits — Wa-Hi: Storm, Aichele, Hill 2, McDaniels, Rassbach, Clark 2, K. Ferenz. Mac-Hi: Cortez 2, Kimball.

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