Heppner/Ione and Riverside each posted dramatic wins in Friday’s doubleheader in Boardman.
Heppner’s Hayden Hyatt scored a two-RBI double at the top of the first inning of game one that paved the way to their 12-3 victory over Riverside. It would be the Mustangs’ first win of the season.
Riverside’s pitching did little to contain their Heppner visitors. Ethan Graham, who spent six innings on the mound, struck out nine, but surrendered seven hits, seven runs, and three walks.
Although Heppner pitcher Kannon Wilkins allowed six walks, three hits, and three runs, he held firm to strike out seven Pirates over five innings.
Wilkins also led the Mustangs’ offense, batting 3 for 4 with three runs and four RBIs. Wyatt Wilhelm followed, batting 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.
But Riverside turned the tables in game two, finishing the day with an 18-17 victory on Anthony Rodelo’s walk-off single that drove in two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Pirates took an early 5-3 advantage in the first inning, but went scoreless in innings three and four to allow the Mustangs catch up. Heppner held a brief 11-10 lead before Riverside returned at the bottom of the sixth to tie things up.
Rodelo’s game-winning single came on a 1-2 count, and would mark Riverside’s second win of the season. The senior pitcher ended game two batting a perfect 5 for 5 with four runs and three RBIs. He also struck out four Mustangs, but gave up five hits and six walks.
Francisco Barajas hit 3 for 5 with three runs and five RBIs for the Pirates.
Heppner got seven strikeouts from Hunter Padberg, who also allowed eight runs off 10 hits. Tyler Carter hit 1 for 2 with four runs and another driven in.
The Pirates (2-3) travel to Walla Walla Academy for one final preseason game on Tuesday. The Mustangs (1-4, 0-1 BMC) host resume Blue Mountain Conference action on Tuesday with a home game against Grant Union/Prairie City.
SHERMAN/ARLINGTON/CONDON 13, STANFIELD/ECHO 0 (5) — The Tigers were no match for their Sherman County visitors, who drove in 10 runs in the fifth inning to claim the victory early.
The home shutout opened the Tigers’ season in the Blue Mountain Conference. They made nine errors and got just one hit for the day, and pitcher Luke White struck out three, but surrendered six hits, 10 runs, and four walks over four innings of work.
Stanfield/Echo (0-7, 0-1) hosts Dufur/South Wasco County on Tuesday for more league action.