The Hermiston softball team earned itself a huge victory on Friday afternoon, outlasting the Hood River Eagles, 1-0, at Rocky Heights Elementary.
The only run of the game came in the second inning, when Hermiston (8-15, 2-8 CRC) senior Ellery Jones blasted a solo home run to lead off the inning. After Jones’ hit, it was a pitching duel between Hermiston’s Julissa Almaguer and Hood River’s (13-9, 7-2) Hannah McNerney ,with Almaguer coming out on top. The junior lefty allowed just six hits and one walk in seven innings to go with two strikeouts.
“Julissa threw lights out,” Hermiston coach Kate Greenough said after the game.
Bulldogs catcher Bailee Noland had a solid game as well, as she collected two hits with a double and a stolen base on offense, and also threw out two runners on the basepaths. Amanda Barron and Kalei Smith also collected hits for Hermiston.
The win snaps a three game losing streak for Hermiston and snaps a four-game winning streak for Hood River, who had been tied for first in the CRC with Pendleton.
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HRV 000 000 0 — 0 6 0
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W — Ju. Almaguer. L — H. McNerney.
2B — B. Noland (HHS). HR — E. Jones (HHS).