The Hermiston Bulldogs remain at the bottom of the Mid-Columbia Conference standings after Friday’s back-to-back home losses at the hands of the Kennewick Lions.
The MCC’s No. 3 baseball team turned Hermiston away with 7-4 and 10-2 losses at Armand Larive.
In the first game, Easton Stevens got the Lions on the scoreboard at the top of the second inning, and Cody LaFontaine and Jackson Lind scored on errors during the following two plays.
Trevor Wagner drove in Wyatt Noland and Ethin Randolph with a single in the bottom of the seventh, but it would not be enough to get back in the game.
Seth Prewitt allowed sevens runs on eight hits and six walks over seven innings on Hermiston’s mound. Prewitt and Landon Jones each went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
In Game 2, it would take both teams two innings to finally break out the bats. In the top of the third, Tim Gee doubled on a line drive to center field to drive in Kaleb Stevenson.
The Bulldogs (1-13) responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning with Noland’s RBI-single.
But the Lions were relentless, scoring four more runs in the top of the fourth and a game-ending, five-run sixth inning. Stevenson, Gee, Stevens, and LaFontaine all drove in runs to bury the Bulldogs.
It took three Hermiston pitchers to contain Kennewick in game two. Jordan Ramirez opened the game, and let slip five runs, five hits, and three walks across 3 1/3 innings. Spencer Juul threw 1 2/3 innings of relief, but gave up five more runs. Randolph closed the game from the Bulldogs’ mound.
Ramirez led the Bulldogs’ offense, batting 1-for-3 with a run scored.
KAMIAKIN SWEEPS DAWGS — Hermiston dropped a pair of Mid-Columbia Conference games April 16 to Kamiakin as the Braves posted wins of 11-1 and 11-5 at LaPierre Field.
The Bulldogs were in the thick of things in the first game, trailing 2-1 in the middle of the third inning.
The Braves, who lead the MCC at 11-1, jumped out to an 8-1 lead with six runs in the bottom half of the third, bolstered by back-to-back doubles by Caleb Beasley and Niko Wiltz.
Tanner Sullins finished off the Bulldogs with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sergio Rosales, Wyatt Noland and Alexis Rosales all had hits for Hermiston, while Landon Jones drove in the lone run.
Jordan Ramirez took the loss on the mound, allowing eight runs on six hits. He also walked six and struck out none.
In the second game, the Bulldogs held a 3-2 lead in the middle of the third inning, but that’s where the Braves pulled ahead for good.
Kamiakin took advantage of two bases-loaded walks in the third, along with an RBI single from Jordan Chase, for a 5-3 lead it would not relinquish.
For the game, three Hermiston pitchers walked 10 and struck out six.
Seth Prewitt hit a double and drove in a run for the Bulldogs, while Ramirez went 3-for-3 with a run scored.
Gavin Ayers went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for the Braves.
HERMISTON 5, KENNEWICK 0 — Freshman Jorge Carillo scored two goals, and Coleman Solano, Oliver Parades, and Moises Pablo each put in one to down their Kennewick hosts on Friday night.
Juan Navarrete posted seven saves to keep Hermiston’s net untouched.
The Bulldogs (5-6, 4-2 MCC) return home for a game against Kamiakin on Friday.
Hermiston’s Blue Blackhurst shot a 79 on April 17 to finish tied for third at the Mid-Columbia Conference match at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.
Blackhurst shot a 41 on the front nine, but rallied with a 38 on the back nine to finish tied for third with three other golfers.
Richland won the team title with a 323. Hermiston was seventh among the nine teams with a 364. Kamiakin’s Landon Kutschkau took medalist honors with a 77.
Also scoring for the Dawgs were Garrett McClannahan (89), Keleb Crafton (97) and Ryne Andreason (99).
HERMISTON 4, PASCO 3 — The Bulldogs got to finish an intense round of matches Thursday against Pasco that were initially postponed last week because of inclement weather.
Hermiston got a singles win from Addie Caplinger, who won in a 12-10 tiebreaker. Adriann Stewart won in a 6-1, 6-2 singles contest against Pasco’s Beli Guzman, and Cydney Lind finished the singles matches with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vanessa Bradshaw.
Grace Lind and Malayna Anderson got Hermiston’s only doubles win, defeating their Pasco opponents in two 6-3 sets.
“Pasco is a good team with solid hitting,” Bulldogs coach Jason Sivey said. “They played tough, but we also didn’t really have a good day last Thursday.”