The Hermiston 10-11 year-old softball is on the cusp of competing for the a state championship, after dumping Beaverton 12-5 in a loser-out game at the state tournament in Hood River on Monday.

Candice Cooper and Kynzee Padilla combined to give up just five hits in the contest, which is the second team Hermiston has beaten Beaverton in the tournament.

"We hit the ball pretty good, and made the other pitchers throw strikes," Hermiston head coach Dave Padilla said, mentioning that Beaverton walked 11 Hermiston hitters.

What Coach Padilla was most proud of, conversly, was his pitchers not issuing any walks.

Cooper fanned just two batters over four innings of work, but Padilla said the defense played very well behind her. Kynzee, the coach's daughter, struck out three over two innings.

Becca Rosales hit a double and drove in two runs and Lillie Wheeler also hit a double.

The semifinal game with Pendleton was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, so the result was not available by the Herald's presstime.

If Hermiston wins, they will play for the state championship against Sprague today. Coverage of the remaining Hermiston games will be in Saturday's issue of the Herald.

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