Hermiston closed out its season Monday with a 7-5 nonleague loss to visiting La Grande.

Finishing fourth in the 3A division of the Mid-Columbia Conference, the Bulldogs did not qualify for the postseason.

The Bullodgs (1-16) led 3-0 after four innings, but the Tigers got back in the game with three runs in the top of the third inning, getting help from a two-run single by Justin Frederick.

La Grande (12-6) added four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-3 lead. Hermiston hung two runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Wyatt Noland went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Bulldogs, while Ethin Randolph and Gave Hunter also had two hits.

HANFORD 14-16, HERMISTON 6-6 — The Bulldogs closed out their first season in the Mid-Columbia Conference on Friday with a pair of losses to the visiting Falcons.

Hermiston used four pitchers in an attempt to contain the high-scoring Falcons. Jordan Ramirez allowed six runs, and Chase Elliott five.

Hermiston (1-15 MCC) tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the second inning in the second game, but Hanford pulled away for good with five runs in the third and six more in the fourth.

Seth Prewitt gave up 11 runs over three innings. Trevor Wagner belted a home run in the third inning, but it would not be enough to keep up with Hanford.


HERMISTON GIRLS AT CAPITAL INVITE — The Bulldogs finished 15th in the team standings at the two-day Capital Invite in Boise.

Hermiston earned 181 points at the event, which featured 36 teams from three states. Bishop Kelly (Boise) won the team title with 269 points.

In girls No. 4 singles, Cydney Lind reached the championship match with wins over opponents from Eagle, Fruitland and Bishop Kelly. She lost a 6-2, 6-1 match to a player from Timberline in the finals.

In No. 1 doubles, Ashlyn Hofbauer and Violet Mitchell lost to a team from Pasco in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-1.

In No. 1 singles, Addie Caplinger was 1-1, while Adriann Stewart finished 2-1 at No. 2 singles.

“I’m very proud of how the Hermiston girls performed this year,” said coach Jason Sivey. “Addie is a freshman and played a lot of tough seniors. Cydney is new to the program and also competed great.”

HERMISTON BOYS 4, CHIAWANA 3 — The Bulldogs made a clean sweep of their four singles matches last Tuesday against Chiawana, but the Riverhawks claimed all three doubles matches to end the day.

Hermiston’s day was highlighed by Hayden Cissna’s 6-0, 6-2 No. 1 singles win. Cissna and Matt Ekhardt were honored for senior night before the matches began.

“Those two kids are the foundation of the team, and have really helped build the program to what it is right now,” coach Shann West said. “They’re both having excellent seasons.”

CHIAWANA GIRLS 6, HERMISTON 1 — Cydney Lind scored Hermiston’s only win on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-1 No. 4 singles win. The Bulldogs dropped three singles and three doubles matches to Chiawana.

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