By James Whalley
ONTARIO The Riverside Lady Pirates were on the road Friday in Greater Oregon League play.
The Ontario Tigers were coming off of a doubleheader split with GOL frontrunner La Grande, and looking to exact revenge for two earlier losses to Riverside in Boardman.
Riverside would dispatch Ontario with relative ease 2-0 and 9-2 as they prepare for their own big showdown with LaGrande.
In the first game with Ontario, starting pitcher Erica Hancock got things rolling with a 2-run double that would turn out to be the game winning hit.
Ontario struggled at the plate against Hancock as they had earlier in the season. Hancock would pitch a complete game three hitter as she shutout the Tigers for the second time this season.
Offensively Hancock finished 2-for-2. Teammate Bryaunna Totten had a big game at the plate as well. The hard hitting catcher went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Hancock would take the mound for game two as well, but this time would receive much more offensive support from her teammates.
In another three hit complete game, Hancock would give up two runs in the first inning, but settle in and cruise the rest of the way to the victory.
Totten capped off an outstanding day by going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Nikki Frederickson and Rachelle Donovan combined for six of Riverside 15 hits in the game. A sixth inning homerun from Sara Russell helped power the Pirates to the 9-2 win. Hancock earned the season sweep of Ontario as she improved to 4-0 versus the Tigers.The four complete games included two shutouts and only 14 hits in 26 innings of work.
With the wins Riverside improves to 9-3 in the GOL, and 12-5 overall.
(For complete coverage and boxscores, see the May 8 edition of The Hermiston Herald)