EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont fastpitch softball team launched an early salvo in its battle for the third seed to the Big Nine 3A district playoffs.
The Wildcats routed Pasco 12-2 and 16-1 Thursday, and in doing so, launched themselves into the preferred third spot — for the time being.
Eastmont is 7-4 with three games left, and leaps past idle West Valley in the race for a possible home playoff game.
Kalee Auvil tossed a two-hitter for Eastmont in the first game, and Mae Lairmer and Deneé Scott had three hits apiece.
Eastmont sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10-run first inning in the nightcap.
Track and field
Wenatchee boys 75, Walla Walla 70
Richland 74, Wenatchee 71
Wenatchee girls 91, Walla Walla 59
Wenatchee 93, Richland 57
The Panthers picked up three wins in four matchups in Richland.
Audrey Ketcham won three events (high jump, long jump, 100 hurdles) to key the girls’ sweep, while Jacob Smith destroyed the field in the boys 3,200-meter race, beating his nearest competitor by 27 seconds.
Eastmont boys 109, Pasco 34
Eastmont boys 77, Sunnyside 67
Eastmont girls 115, Pasco 27
Eastmont girls 99, Sunnyside 55
The Wildcats were able to rest a number of key athletes in what was their third meet in eight days and still come away with a sweep.
Berlie Walker cleared 13 feet, 6 inches for the first time this season, and Jordan Frazier and Casey King each won a pair of throwing events.
Quincy 3, Ephrata 0
The Jacks, out of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, took some solace in beating the Tigers for the Basin Challenge Cup.
Rey Cabrera had two goals for Quincy.
Manson 0, Brewster 0
(Manson wins in shootout)
The Bears’ Salvador Leyva made seven saves in regulation and two in the shootout.
Omak 5, Liberty Bell 0
Julian Cervantes and Josh Arzola had two goals apiece for the Pioneers.
Chelan 4, Bridgeport 0
Guada Cardenas had a pair of goals to lead the CTL-leading Goats past the Mustangs.