Kaiea Higa homered during a six-run first inning, igniting Tahoma to a 10-2 victory against Auburn for the North Puget Sound League softball title Friday night at the Kent Service Club Ballfields.
The Bears (18-2) earned the league’s top seed for this week’s West Central/Southwest District playoffs. The Trojans (18-2) enter district play as the NPSL’s No. 2 seed.
Kyla Damerow took the win for Tahoma. She gave up five hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out eight.
Kiana Adams took the loss.
Emma Oehler went 2-for-3 at the dish to lead Auburn.
Earlier Friday, Auburn routed Kennedy Catholic 13-2 behind a seven-run fifth inning to reach the championship game.
Charity Sevaaetasi launched two home runs and Lynneti Aumua socked a grand slam to support Adams, who gave up just two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six.
Sevaaetasi finished with three RBI and Gracie Jo Olson drove in two more.
Auburn Riverside is on a tear.
The Ravens (17-5) earned the NPSL’s No. 5 seed to the district playoffs after thumping Kentwood 11-0 on Friday. The Ravens routed Enumclaw 13-1 and Kentlake 13-0 the day before to advance.
Auburn Riverside plays Rogers of Puyallup in the first round at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Kent Service Club Ballfields.
Meanwhile, Auburn Mountainview fell to Kentwood 14-3 and Mount Rainier 15-12 to meet elimination from the league tournament.
Adrianna Lomeli-Smith homered, had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs for the Lions against Mount Rainier on Thursday. Perla Duran went 4-for-5, homered and had three RBI for the Lions, who came up with three runs in the seventh inning before the rally ended.