The Hermiston softball team wasted no time taking care of business in its season opener Saturday afternoon in Yakima.
The Bulldogs shut out Davis 18-0, and then turned around to take down Eisenhower 12-2.
“I’m really proud of the team,” coach Kate Greenough said. “They scored 30 runs in 10 innings. That’s exciting. We couldn’t be more happy with the way they showed up and played.”
Despite racking up 18 runs in the opener, the Bulldogs didn’t get going until the third inning, where they put up eight runs. They tacked on two more in the fourth, and another eight in the fifth to end the game early.
Janelle Almaguer and Grace Studer combined for a no-hitter against the Pirates.
“That’s a huge deal,” Greenough said. “It hasn’t happened since I’ve coached Hermiston. That doesn’t happen often in high school softball.”
Ashley Cameron led the offensive charge for both games, going a combined 6-for-7 at the plate with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBIs.
“Ashley’s absolutely a leader,” Greenough said. “She’s a good ball player. In softball, if you hit .300 or .400, you’re doing well. She hit .800 today. That’s an impressive feat.”
The Bulldogs will begin Mid-Columbia Conference play Friday hosting Southridge in doubleheader at Rocky Heights Elementary. Game time is 3 p.m.
HERMISTON 6, CHIAWANA 1 — The Bulldogs swept the doubles matches and dropped just one singles match in beating Chiawana in Mid-Columbia Conference action Monday in Pasco.
“Overall, the team is looking very good,” said coach Shann West. “I think it comes down to the kids wanting to win.”
HERMISTON 7, EISENHOWER 0 ― The Hermiston boys made a clean sweep of Eisenhower on Saturday in Yakima.
Hayden Cissna won his singles match in a third-set tiebreaker 7-3. Jaiden Ruloph won his match 6-3, 6-4, as did Miguel Salvador, 6-4, 6-0. Austin Garcia made easy work of his singles opponent 6-1, 6-0 for his first win of the season.
Matt Eckhardt and Trent Pitney escaped with a 6-4, 6-4 doubles win. Salvador and Maxwell Spencer teamed to claim their match 6-0, 6-2, and Ruloph and Carter Tolan came out on top 6-3, 6-2.
“The boys are continuing to play very aggressive,” Bulldogs coach Shann West said. “They’re having some very impressive points with the balls being kept low and put away with authority.”
CHIAWANA 7, HERMISTON 0 — The Bulldogs ran up against a strong Riverhawks team Monday, dropping all seven matches in a Mid-Columbia Conference match in Pasco.
The doubles teams of Violet Mitchell and Emery Snyder, and Grace Lind and Malayna Anderson, split sets with their opponents, but lost in the tiebreaker.
HERMISTON 5, EISENHOWER 2 ― The Hermiston girls dropped just one singles and one doubles match in cruising past host Eisenhower.
Addi Caplinger won her singles match in a 6-3 tiebreaker, Alyssa Perkins won 6-4, 6-4, and Cydney Lind won a 6-1, 6-3 match.
In doubles, Liz Umana and Shiyenne Stewart teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 victory, and Grace Lind and Malayna Anderson won in a 6-2, 6-1 match.
Hermiston’s Jordan Thomas scored four points and grabbed four rebounds to help Tri-Cities to an 84-62 victory over Yakima in the SWX Classic All-Star game Sunday at Yakima Valley College.
Talia von Olehoffen (Tri-Cities Prep) had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for TC, which has won 10 games in a row in the series. Nicole Gall (Richland) added 12 points and four rebounds.
In the boys game, Yakima used a 31-16 run in the third quarter to help beat Tri-Cities, 104-96.
Hermiston’s Ryne Andreason had four assists and four rebounds for TC, while Cesar Ortiz chipped in three points and three rebounds.