By Ben Reynolds
Herald sports editor
BOARDMAN Tess Haertling broke out of her early season slump, as the Pirates posted their second highest offensive output of the season.
But despite knocking a pair of two-run home runs over the fence, it was not enough.
The Dalles-Wahtonka (9-0) scored three unearned runs and pulled out a 5-4, eight inning nonleague victory Thursday afternoon at Riverside High School.
"It's a game of details," Riverside coach Randy Barton said. "You have to take care of business on defense. When you don't it costs you."
Haertling accounted for all the Riverside offense on a day where the wind was whistling out to left field.
Haertling put the Pirates ahead 2-0 with a first-inning hit that appeared to be a routine fly ball for Sarah Clark in left field, that bounced on top of the fall and trickled over.
Haertling allowed two earned runs on on seven hits and struck out 10 in the loss.
There was little doubt about her blast in the sixth inning. She crushed the first pitch from Ally Schroeder over the center field wall to tie the score 4-4.
"That one felt good," Haertling said. "I was just trying to hit something hard because I have been struggling with my hitting a little bit."
Two innings later, the defensive miscues caught up with Riverside (4-5, 0-2 GOL). Jessica Drake hit a squibber to first base that could not be fielded with one out.
Two batters later, Ashlie Keimig hit the game-winning single on an 0-2 pitch.
"I usually don't like to get into the should've or could'ves," Barton said, "but with a little defense I think we could have came out on top."