Hermiston couldn’t overcome the visiting Richland Bombers on Friday, losing both ends of a doubleheader 7-6 and 13-4.
“We’re improving,” said coach Kevin Moore. “And that’s our goal: to improve game in and game out.”
The Bulldogs mounted a comeback in the first game, but they fell short.
The Bombers scored five runs in the top of the second to pull away, but the Bulldogs wouldn’t give up easily, responding with three runs of their own in the third inning. Ethin Randolph and Trevor Wagner each had RBIs to aid in the rally.
Hermiston would score two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, dropping the game by just one run.
“They put up some quick numbers,” Moore said of Richland. “Then, we battled back. It just wasn’t enough.”
Seth Prewitt allowed seven runs off six hits from the mound in the opener. He struck out one Bomber, and walked three. Meanwhile, Richland pitcher Kirby Nelson struck out four, and walked only one.
In Game 2, the Bombers shot ahead early with seven runs in the top of the first.
“We started out rough and gave up a lot of free passes,” Moore said. “When we do that, the other team will usually come around and score. Our arms got tired and we struggled. We dug ourselves a hole.”
Jordan Ramirez struck out five Bombers and allowed four runs off five hits. He also walked six players.
“We’re doing a lot of good things,” Moore said, “but there’s still plenty to work on.”
HERMISTON 7-14, PASCO 8-10 — In a battle of Bulldogs baseball, Hermiston led 6-5 in the fourth inning in the first game of their doubleheader March 26 against Pasco, but allowed three more runs to give Pasco an 8-7 win to start the day.
In game one, Ethin Randolph was 1-for-3 with a run and three RBIs, and Trevor Wagner was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Hermiston bounced back in Game 2 for a 14-10 victory. Three runs in the second inning would keep them ahead for the long haul. Jordan Ramirez was 2-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs. Randolph was a hard hitter to shut down, going 4-for-5 with three runs.
WALLA WALLA 2, HERMISTON 1 — The Bulldogs suffered their second loss of the season Friday to the visiting Blue Devils.
The Dawgs previously opened their season with a 3-1 loss to Walla Walla.
“It was a tough loss to take,” coach Rich Harshberger said. “The team adjusted well and fought until the end.”
Junior defender Matt Mendez scored Hermiston’s goal on a penalty kick in the first half. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Blue Devils got the game winner in the second half.