Chiefs softball set sights on state

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  • Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald District 6 champions Moses Lake warm up in practice before their matchup against Redmond on Friday in the opening round of the 4A state tournament.

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    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald District 6 champions Moses Lake warm up in practice before their matchup against Redmond on Friday in the opening round of the 4A state tournament.

  • Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald District 6 champions Moses Lake warm up in practice before their matchup against Redmond on Friday in the opening round of the 4A state tournament.

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    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald District 6 champions Moses Lake warm up in practice before their matchup against Redmond on Friday in the opening round of the 4A state tournament.

MOSES LAKE — After claiming their seventh consecutive Columbia Basin Big Nine league championship, Moses Lake softball looks to make some noise in the 4A state tournament in Spokane this weekend.

With five seniors and three juniors, the Chiefs sport a veteran-filled team coming off a District 6 championship last weekend. Moses Lake defeated Wenatchee 11-1 last Friday to advance to the final against West Valley at home. The Chiefs took care of business in the District championship, knocking eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 12-0 rout to claim the state tournament berth.

Head coach Mike Hofheins credits his team’s play towards peaking at the right time of the season.

“We’ve been practicing clean, we’ve been playing clean,” he said. “We really don’t focus a lot on offense because we know that’s gonna be there. But, when you can go in and play near perfect defense and have standout pitching, that’s a recipe to win, whether you score three runs or 13.”

The Chiefs will face Redmond in the first game of the weekend, who made the move from 3A to 4A this year. The Mustangs won the 3A State championship in 2017. Senior pitcher for Redmond, Kiki Milloy, is set to attend the University of Tennessee next year.

Hofheins said he likes his teams chances going into he weekend.

“We’re gonna go in there and compete and get after it,” he said. “Our maturity compared to the past several years, I think we’re more mature. We have a little more swagger to us.”

Hofheins said at this time of the year, “everybody’s good.”

“There’s sixteen teams that are all really good,” he said. “It’s gonna be whoever plays really well and makes the fewest mistakes that comes out on top.”

The Chiefs first game in the 4A state tournament will be at noon on Friday at Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.

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