Hermiston needs a win at Redmond, while Pendleton is looking to sweep Summit and Heppner meets Pilot Rock to mention some of the week's top games.
This week's baseball schedule features many area teams on the road and in situations where a split will be satisfactory, but sweeps are sought.
Pendleton at Summit
The Pendleton Bucks have won two consecutive games and look to double their win streak at 2 p.m. Saturday, visiting Summit for an IMC doubleheader in Bend.
"I think right now the kids are playing pretty decent baseball," said Pendleton head coach Steve Cary after Pendleton defeated Hermiston Tuesday 7-2. "The kids are starting to come together."
Summit (6-10, 2-2 IMC) split with Burns Tuesday in a nonleague doubleheader.
"These are two very key games and we need to win them if we want to stay in the top half of the league," Cary said. "They will be a tough team down there and road games are always important to win"
Hermiston at Redmond
After falling to rival Pendleton 7-2 Tuesday, the Hermiston Bulldogs are faced with a stern challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday, visiting the No. 5-ranked Redmond Panthers for an Intermountain Conference doubleheader.
"We're young, but we have to quit saying that," said Hermiston head coach Scott Depew after the loss to Pendleton Tuesday. "I think we are as good as the top four or five teams in the league and we need to keep battling."
Hermiston (8-6, 2-2 IMC) split with the defending IMC champion Bend Lava Bears last week, but have struggled at times with inexperience.
"We are still looking for who our top nine players are," Depew said. "The good thing is guys are working hard in practice and earning playing time."
Coach Depew said he plans to platoon pitchers.
Vale at Mac- Hi
Mac-Hi has a good opportunity to make a move in the Greater Oregon League standings this week.
The Pioneers (6-2, 3-1 GOL) host last-place Vale (2-11, 1-5 GOL) at 2 p.m. Friday and with two wins, Mac-Hi could move into a share of first place with Baker (5-1 GOL).
Riverside at Jospeh
Riding a three-game win streak the Riverside Pirates visit the Joseph Eagles at 1 p.m. Friday for a nonleague doubleheader.
The Pirates (7-7-1) are in the middle of an eight-game hiatus from Greater Oregon League play and will resume league play May 1, hosting Mac-Hi.
Umatilla at Pilot Rock
Winless Umatilla visits Pilot Rock for a Columbia Basin Conference doubleheader and the Rockets are thirsty for a pair of conference wins.
Pilot Rock (8-4, 1-0 CBC) comes off a game that was postponed after several innings Tuesday with Heppner and the Rockets will host Heppner today prior to welcoming Umatilla.
Umatilla lost a doubleheader to Weston-McEwen last week and despratley needs a CBC win.
Heppner at Pilot Rock
For the first time this season, the Heppner Mustangs enter a game coming off a loss and the Mustangs hope to turn things around, starting with Pilot Rock today.
"We were a little shell-shocked after the loss to Stanfield, but we'll see what we're made of this week," Heppner head coach Ric Johnston said.
The Class 2A No. 5-ranked Mustangs split with Stanfield last week and were postponed with Pilot Rock Tuesday.
"We are hitting the ball pretty good, but we need to be a little more selective at times," Johnston said.
The TigerScots (6-5, 2-2 CBC) will enter Saturday's doubleheader with Heppner having also dropped to Stanfield in their last game Tuesday.
"Weston got us once last year and we no we need to play good baseball to get by them," Johnston said.