SPOKANE - Another important softball game, another no-hitter for Kentwood sophomore Sarah Wright.
Wright, who threw a no-hitter against Skyview in the district title game, struck out 17 in the team's 6-0 victory Friday over Hanford in the opening round of the WIAA Class 4A softball championships at the windy Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.
Sofia Mottern-Salinas socked two home runs for the Conquerors in the victory.
Kentwood will take on Redmond, a 9-1 winner over Olympia in the afternoon quarterfinals.
Kimora Johnson cracked a three-run home run in the fourth to give the Mustangs a 5-1 lead. Tia Milloy and Grace Haegele later homered as well.
Skyline blasted Emerald Ridge, 10-0, in six innings - scoring six runs in the fourth inning to build a nine-run lead.
Ryan Grace, the 4A KingCo pitcher of the year for the Spartans, surrendered three hits, walked a batter and struck out nine batters in the shutout victory.
Puyallup outlasted Chiawana, 12-7, to complete the afternoon slate of first-round games. Gracie Ream hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Vikings the lead for good, and Samantha Bland added two home runs.
Meanwhile, there will be a Round 3 between 4A GSHL rivals Skyview and Battle Ground in the 4A quarterfinals.
Rylee Rehbein threw a one-hitter, striking out 13 in Battle Ground's 4-2 victory over 4A KingCo tournament runner-up Mount Si.
Liv Gruenberg smashed a solo home run to give the Tigers a 1-0, and they tacked on three more runs an inning later.
4A GSHL champion Skyview, which defeated the Tigers in two earlier league games, easily advanced after a 9-1 win over Inglemoor in the opening round.
Lauren Johnson cranked a two-run blast to give the Storm a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning,
Two-time defending 4A champion Jackson blanked West Valley of Yakima, 7-0. Sophomore Yanina Sherwood tossed a two-hitter, striking out 11. The Timberwolves scored five runs (on five hits) to break the game open in the third inning.
Kamiakin defeated Eastmont, 6-4, to complete the morning session of games.