The Hermiston softball team beat Class 5A Rex Putnam, but lost to three Class 6A clubs during a Spring Break tournament at Hood View Park in Clackamas, which concluded Tuesday.
Paige Long ignited the Hermiston offense with a mammoth solo home run to lead off the sixth inning to the the game at 4-4, then Hermiston plated two more runs to claim the lead and eventually win, 6-4.
Paiges homer was an absolute bomb, Hermiston coach Saul Castro said. It got the girls pumped up and ready to go.
Castro said the round-tripper Long hit came close to hitting the 300-foot fence the parks have set up for adult league softball, well past the 200-foot fences the facilities have for the fastpitch games.
Long also doubled in the game and earned the win in the pitching circle for the Dawgs.
We made good adjustments at the plate, Castro said. Hermiston out-hit Putnam, 8-5. We jumped out early on their pitching and were aggressive.
Putnams Missy Bottinelli was saddled with the loss for the Kingsmen.
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The Dawgs were no-hit by the Vikings and the Class 6A Pacific Conference member plated four runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to run away with the victory. That was Hermistons first game of the tournament on Monday.
Long hit another homer in the tournament, this one a 2-run shot in the third inning, but the Dawgs couldnt muster up enough offense to snatch a victory.
Andrea Waters hit a triple and Gracie Flyg went 3 for 3.
Emily Sexton took the pitching loss for the Dawgs but hung tough against the tough Class 6A Three Rivers League member Cavaliers.
Hermiston committed four errors in the game, and Castro said they came at crucial moments of the game.
Our fielding errors caught up to us, he said. When you play tough teams you cant have those.
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Hermiston led 2-1 going into the sixth inning, but a pair of errors led to three Pioneer runs in the frame and essentially ice it for them.
The Dawgs had four errors in this game as well and left five runners on base.
In a nonconference doubleheader on Friday in Kennewick, the Dawgs clobbered the Lions 15-0, 17-1 in a hitting display.
Maloree Moss smashed a homer in Game 2 and Flyg, Waters and Jen Paxton all hit triples in the opener.
Hermiston scored 10 runs in the sixth inning and smacked 14 hits. It could have been a lot worse for the Lions if Hermiston hadnt left 12 runners stranded.
Kennewick committed six errors in the opener and walked seven in Game 1 and things didnt get much better for them in the finale.
In the nightcap, the Dawgs cranked out 21 hits and left 12 on base again.
Moss went 4 for 5 and Melina Rodriguez was perfect in four trips to the plate.
Cheyanne Lawson and Long each had three hits.
Without a fence at the K Fields in Kennewick, Castro said Hermiston probably would have had about six dingers if the fence was set at the conventional 200 feet.
We made good adjustments and everyone hit it hard, Castro said. Cheyanne [Lawson] hit it especially hard.
After the 6-game Spring Break marathon of ballgames, Hermiston is now 5-3 on the year. They start a four-game homestand Friday against Gladstone in a doubleheader.