HERMISTON — Behind the bats of Bailee Noland, Daisy Maddox and four other Bulldogs, the Hermiston softball team continued their winning ways with a 9-2 victory over Sherwood on Friday.
The visitors out of the Class 6A Three Rivers League couldn’t keep up with the Bulldogs (6-2), who recorded 17 hits on the day.
The scoring started early for Hermiston as the Bulldogs took control of the game from the first inning. Noland hit an RBI single to put Hermiston on the board, Janelle Almaguer followed that up with an RBI double and Maddox rounded out the scoring with a ground out that sent Ashley Cameron home.
Sherman’s only runs came in the second when the Bowmen (2-8) hit two RBI singles to the left side with the bases loaded.
Almaguer was able to get Hermiston out of the inning with her lone strikeout in 6 1/3 innings of work. Almaguer earned the win after spending nearly the entire game in the circle giving up 10 hits and walking two.
After being held scoreless in the second, the Bulldogs put runs on the board the rest of the four innings played.
In the bottom of the third, Maddox and Hallee Pennington both hit RBI singles to put Hermiston up 5-2. Noland continued her success at the plate with an RBI double that scored Sydney Stefani in the fourth and another lone run was scored in the fifth off the bat of Kylie Green.
In the sixth, Noland hit a solo home run over center field that gave Hermiston an 8-2 advantage and a walk capped off the scoring five batters later.
Millie Emery was given the loss for Sherwood after allowing ten hits and four runs while striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
R H E
SHS 020 000 0 — 2 10 0
HHS 302 112 X — 9 17 1
(S) O. Dirks, M. Emery (3). (H) Ja. Almaguer, P Dufloth (7). W — Almaguer, L — Emery.
HR — B. Noland (H). 3B — K. Smith, S. Stefani (H). 2B — E. Watson (S); B. Noland (H).
Irrigon softball gets narrow victory
HOOD RIVER — After a three-game losing skid that started at the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament and crept into April, the Irrigon Knights managed to shake off their woes with a 9-7 victory over Hood River Valley’s junior Varsity team.
In a similar fashion to their last win — a narrow two-run advantage over Willamina on March 27 — the Knights (5-7) grinded out a victory to wrap up their long stretch of non-league play.
Stanfield baseball sweeps Burn in EOL opener
STANFIELD — After sweeping Burns on Friday, Stanfield is now riding a three-game win streak after opening up league play. The pair of wins came after a 10-6 victory in Game 1 and a 13-5 defeat of the Hilanders (2-8 overall, 0-2 Eastern Oregon League) in Game 2.
The Tigers (8-4, 2-0), however, fell behind 3-0 before commanding a lead they would never relinquish.
A two-RBI double from Burns started off the scoring in the second inning and the Hilanders added to their total with another RBI double to hold their brief lead.
Stanfield finally responded in the third with four runs highlighted by RBI singles from Brody Woods and Shayne Keltz.
Both Woods and Keltz were at it again in the fifth when Woods hit an RBI triple to center field and Keltz sent a line drive to the same spot for a double that scored TJ Smith.
Michael Connell added an RBI of his own and later scored on a wild pitch to put the Tigers up 9-3.
Stanfield’s final run of the first game came off the bat of Makiah Blankenship, who grounded into a fielder’s choice that gave Smith enough time to safely reach home plate.
After three scoreless innings, Burns tried to rally in the top of the seventh. The Hilanders managed to add three more runs to their total off a two-RBI double and a score on a wild pitch, but their late efforts weren’t enough to catch up to the Tigers.
Smith pitched Stanfield to victory after 4 2/3 innings of work. Smith allowed six hits and three runs while striking out one batter.
Cade Tiller was handed the loss. He toed the rubber for four innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs while striking out three and walking zero.
In Game 2, the Tigers’ didn’t hold back, building an early advantage and getting out to a 7-3 lead after the first three innings.
Woods, Smith, Connell and Blankenship aided in Stanfield’s first four runs. Woods and Smith hit RBI doubles; Connell grounded out for the Tigers’ second out and third score of the inning; and while Blankenship was at the plate, Keltz scored on a wild pitch.
Burns squeezed in a lone run off an RBI double before Stanfield increased its lead in the bottom of the second.
Damien Curial highlighted the three-run inning with an RBI single to right field.
The Hilanders would score four more runs — two in the third and two more in the sixth — but again, they couldn’t keep up with the Tigers.
Woods and Smith were responsible for a combined four of Stanfield’s next five runs and Dillon Dunlap capped off the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single.
Woods was given the victory on the pitcher’s mound after surrendering three runs on three hits over four innings. Wood struck out seven.
Mick Winn took the loss after allowing ten hits and ten runs while striking out three in three innings of work.
R H E
BHS 021 000 3 — 6 8 7
SHS 004 051 X — 10 9 2
(B) C. Tiller, L. Bailey (5). (S) T. Smith, A. Renner (4). W — Smith, L — Tiller.
3B — B. Woods (S). 2B — B. Goss, L. Bailey, M. Winn, E. Aamodt (B); S. Keltz, T. Smith (S).
R H E
BHS 012 002 0 — 5 5 3
SHS 430 321 X — 13 15 3
(B) M. Winn, G. Swindlehurst (4). (S) B. Woods, D. Curial (5). W — Woods, L — Winn.
2B — M. Winn (B); B. Woods, A. Renner, T. Smith (S).
Knights thump Vikings in first league baseball doubleheader
IRRIGON — In both team’s league openers, Irrigon had the home-field advantage against Umatilla and handed the Vikings (4-3 overall, 0-2 Eastern Oregon League) two tough losses.
The Knights (6-3, 2-0) got out to an early lead in both games, taking the first, 11-4, and the second, 13-3 — which enforced the 10-run rule.
In Game 1, Nate Gumbert started off the scoring with an RBI single and later stole home to put Irrigon up 2-0 after the first inning.
James Wilson hit a sacrifice fly for Umatilla to help cut its deficit to a single run, but the Knights doubled their run total in the next two innings.
Lino Covarrubia hit an RBI double in the bottom of the second and Zack Henrichs singled to score Adrian Roa. Irrigon went up 4-1 after three innings of play.
Another lone run — this time off the bat of Kole Keller — would put the Vikings on the board again, but for every Umatilla run, Irrigon scored just a few more. The Vikings went on to score one run in the fifth and sixth innings off a Cody Samson single and Wilson grounder, respectively.
The Knights scored seven more runs over the final two innings. A Gumbert RBI double started the action in the fifth and a run on a wild pitch capped off the excitement in the sixth.
In Game 2, Irrigon again got out to an early lead and was up 11-0 after just three innings.
A sequence of stolen bases, a balk, and a passed ball ended up putting the Knights up 5-0 after the first inning and an RBI double from Covarrubia showcased the scoring in the third.
Umatilla tried to minimize the damage by chipping away at its deficit in the fourth and fifth innings. A walk with the bases loaded brought in the Vikings only run in the fourth, but the 10-run rule was still in effect.
Irrigon added to its total in the bottom of the inning to go up 13-1.
In Umatilla’s final chance to get the game going, it was only able to bring in two runs — both off a bases loaded hit by pitch.
R H E
UHS 010 111 0 — 4 9 2
IHS 211 034 X — 11 12 1
(U) K. Keller, S. Cranston (6). (I) Z. Hendricks, A. Roa (5).
2B — L. Covarrubia, N. Gumbert, A. Roa (I).
R H E
UHS 000 12X X — 3 3 4
IHS 506 2XX X — 13 6 0
(U) C. Samson, A. Wilson (1), J. Brown (4). (I) Brady Harrington, Johnny Phillips (4), Nate Gumbert (5).
2B — L. Covarrubia, K. Flemming (I).