West Valley strengthened its hold on first place in Frontier League softball Friday by using the same method that has worked all season.
In a word, domination.
Darcy Sohns won twice and the Eagles (9-0) outhit East Valley 19-10 in an 8-2, 7-1 sweep at EV.
EV (6-2) actually scored more runs during the day than WV has allowed in seven previous games. The Eagles have outscored league rivals 120-5.
Rachiah Boxley’s two-run double during a five-run sixth inning sparked WV in the opener. Jennifer Robinson, Andrea Green and Rachelle Watson tripled during WV’s four-run sixth in the second game.
West Valley 8-7, East Valley 2-1
WV 200 015 0 - 8 9 2
EV 101 000 0 - 2 6 4
Sohns and Robinson; Triplett and Casey. W-Sohns (9-1). L-Triplett (3-1).
HITS: West Valley-Green, Watson, Boxley, McClintock, Robinson, Decker 2, Aquino, Henry. East Valley-Schumacher, Triplett 2, Dacorte, Borgman, Casey. 2B-Triplett, Boxley, Aquino.
WV 002 014 0 - 7 10 1
EV 100 000 0 - 1 4 1
Sohns and Robinson; Triplett, Stookey (6) and Casey. W-Sohns (10-1). L-Triplett (3-2).
HITS: West Valley-Green, Watson 2, Sohns 2, Boxley, McClintock, Robinson 2, Decker. East Valley-Schumacher 2, Musgrave, Stookey. 3B-Green, Watson, Robinson.
East Valley 2, West Valley 0
The host Knights (8-0-0, 24 points) continue to set the pace in league as Randy Pratt set up one goal and scored another in East Valley’s second 2-0 win this year over the Eagles (4-4-0, 12).
Late in the first half, Pratt took a restart from just inside midfield and delivered a bending pass that Tony Pass converted into his seventh goal. Pratt added a penalty-kick goal after a WV defender pulled down Sean Lanphere in the goal box on a breakaway.
SCORING: First half - 1, Pass (Pratt) 34:00. Second half - 2, Pratt (penalty kick) 76:00.
Shots on goal - West Valley 9, East Valley 12. Saves - WV, Kuntz 5. EV, Escobar 6.
Cheney 4, Medical Lake 1
Nick Reynolds scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season and fed Nate Gosse for another score as the second-place Blackhawks (7-1-0, 21) topped the visiting Cardinals (2-5-1, 7).
Gosse also crossed a pass to Ryan Waller for a header. ML’s Andy John scored his team-high third goal. Cheney beat ML 4-2 earlier in the season.
SCORING: First half - 1, C, Gosse (Reynolds) 19:00. Second half - 2, C, Reynolds (Malisani) 50:00. 3, C, Waller (Gosse) 55:00. 4, ML, John (Bowman 67:00. 5, C, Reynolds 72:00.
Shots on goal - Medical Lake 9, Cheney 17. Saves - Medical Lake, Denman 12. Cheney, Stitt 4, Waters 1.