Hermiston made easy work of Southridge on Saturday before meeting its match against Lake City Junior Academy in Richland.
The Bulldogs took down the Suns in a five-inning, 17-3 blowout to start the day, but suffered a five-inning loss when Lake City shut them out 11-0.
Against Southridge, Samantha Atilano went 2-for-2, driving in four runs and scoring two..
Hermiston buried the Suns early, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. The high-scoring streak was highlighted by Grace Studer’s two-run double and Ashley Cameron’s three-run home run.
Suns pitcher Kendra Monteith couldn’t contain the Bulldogs, giving up 15 runs on 14 hits in just 2⅓ innings. Hermiston Janelle Almaguer threw four innings and tallied six strikeouts, walking just one.
Bailee Noland went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Sydney Stefani hit two doubles, and Halle Pennington drove in three runs.
Lake City scored all of its runs in two innings, getting five in the second and six in the fifith.
Noland allowed 11 hits and five runs in three innings of work. The Timberwolves had 18 hits in the game. Ashlynn Allen led Lake City with a a two-run homer in the fifth inning, and a double. She drove in four runs.
Hermiston (13-5, 10-4 MCC) returns to Richland on Tuesday for a Mid-Columbia Conference doubleheader against the league-leading Bombers. It will be the Bulldogs’ final games of the regular season. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
HERMISTON 10-17, WALLA WALLA 8-7 — The No. 2 Bulldogs made quick work of their Walla Walla visitors on Friday afternoon, knocking down a pair of Mid-Columbia Conference victories.
Janelle Almaguer scattered eight Walla Walla runs over 12 hits, but the Bulldogs scored a run at the bottom of the fourth inning to break an 8-8 tie and stay ahead for good.
Even though Hermiston gave up five runs in the fourth inning of game two, they collected 13 hits to down the Knights once again. Pulling away for the long haul in the second inning, Kalei Smith drew a walk to score a run, Samantha Atilano hit an RBI-single, Ashley Cameron a two RBI-double, and Bailee Noland grounded out, scoring a run to aid in a five-run affair.
HERMISTON 7-5, CHIAWANA 16-4 — Hermiston’s allowed Chiawana 18 hits to open Tuesday’s Mid-Columbia Conference doubleheader in Pasco with a 16-7 loss, but the Bulldogs recovered to end the day on 5-4 win.
The Bulldogs ran out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opening game, but Chiawana made some distance with six runs in the bottom of the second. Bailie Bunger and Kaisha White both had RBI-doubles to aid in the comeback.
Annalisa McKinney was nearly unstoppable, hitting 4 for 5 with two runs and five RBIs for the Riverhawks. Bailee Noland was the Bulldogs’ top batter, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a run and an RBI.
On Hermiston’s mound, Janelle Almaguer allowed nine runs, and Noland gave up 7 runs. The two collected just three strikeouts for the game.
In Game 2, McKinney hit a solo homer at the bottom of the sixth to knot the score at 4-4. Grace Studer’s RBI single in the seventh clinched the win.
Studer hit a perfect 4-for-4, driving in five runs. Alamguer went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.