WENATCHEE — Tuesday’s boys tennis match between Wenatchee and Richland was supposed to be a showdown between two undefeated Big Nine 4A teams.
It turned into a rout.
The Panthers handed the Bombers their first league loss of the season in resounding fashion, 6-1, and took a significant step toward claiming the league championship.
Hudson Barnhart, Wenatchee’s top singles player, defeated Travis Zuroske 6-0, 6-2, and the Panthers’ No. 2, Clint Vidano, beat Simean Yang 6-0, 6-1.
The Panthers’ top doubles team of Nathaniel Noyd and Scott Willis recorded a 6-4, 6-7 (7-3), 6-0 victory over Patrick Kinder and Josh Luo.
“Richland was a strong team,” said Wenatchee (5-0 league) coach Ron Zielinski. “They had a pretty good doubles teams that gave us a good challenge, and their singles players were pretty good also. The scores were one-sided, but was a good battle all the way through.”
The Panther girls team also turned in an impressive win over the Bombers Tuesday, defeating Richland 5-2 behind a strong performance from No. 1 doubles team Jessie Murphy and Annie Stefanides.
That duo handed the Bombers’ Elinor Lake and Lizzy Muntean their first loss of the spring, 6-2, 6-2.
Southridge 12-17, Eastmont 1-3
Eastmont mustered just two hits in the opener and committed six errors in the nightcap as visiting Southridge posted a Big Nine 3A sweep.
Megan Lavagino hit a home run in the first game for the Wildcats (5-4 Big Nine 3A), and Mae Larimer recorded two hits and a stolen base in the second contest.
Cascade 10, Okanogan 0
Taliyah Riddick-Waters threw a two-hitter and hit a two-run double that ended Cascade’s six-inning victory.
Ali Schauer had three hits, including a home run, and six runs driven in for the league-leading Kodiaks (10-0 Caribou Trail League).
Chelan 7, Cashmere 6
Dani Smythe earned the victory in the circle, striking out seven, and added three hits to lead Chelan to the road victory.
Michelle Pinckney had four hits for the Bulldogs.
Cashmere 11, Chelan 1
Colton Loomis gave up a leadoff triple to Evan Reister in the top of the first inning, but not much after that, as the Bulldogs routed the Goats in their final home game of the season. Loomis allowed a run on three hits over six innings. Kyle Weiler had three hits for the Bulldogs, and Tyler McNair and Jake Dilly added a pair of hits each.
Othello 6, Ephrata 2
Ephrata had a 2-0 lead entering the seventh inning, but allowed Othello to score six runs in the top of the frame and take the victory.
Josh Snider had two hits for the Tigers (6-10 CWAC).
Ellensburg 16, Quincy 13
Ellensburg scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to post its second comeback victory over Quincy in the last week.
Jackson Hodges had five hits for the Jackrabbits (7-9 CWAC), who remain in sixth place in the conference.
Brewster 2, Liberty Bell 0
Stockton Taylor pitched Brewster’s second consecutive no-hitter to lead Brewster over visiting Liberty Bell.
Taylor struck out 14 hitters and outdueled the Mountain Lions’ Andrew Ryan, who allowed two runs and struck out eight.
Pateros 18, Oroville 3
Jerry Figueroa had three hits, including a home run, and three stolen bases to lead Pateros to a victory over visiting Oroville.
Chiawana 3, Wenatchee 0
Alex Licon had two of Chiawana’s three second-half goals to lead the host Riverhawks to a victory over Wenatchee.
Angel Guerra had four saves for the Panthers (3-8 Big Nine 4A).
Eastmont 2, Kamiakin 0
Daniel Romero made five saves, and Hernan Mendoza and Carlos Cardenas both scored in the Wildcats’ shutout win.
Chelan 3, Cashmere 2
Eleazar Galvan, Julio Vera and JJ Ramirez scored for Chelan.