WALLA WALLA - The Pendleton softball team had no trouble holding down its opponent's offense for its season opener, but unfortunately for the Bucks, they could not get the bats going against Walla Walla.
Despite holding the Blue Devils to one hit and two runs, Pendleton could muster only one run against a sturdy pair of arms, losing 2-1.
"For the first game it's good to play a quality team," Pendleton coach Tim Cary said. "We did a lot of good things, but we just made a couple mistakes that cost us the game. Those are to be expected early in the season, though."
Kelli Demianew and Alex Hillmick - who threw three innings apiece for the Bucks (0-1) - kept Walla Walla (1-0) off balance for most of the game, but the Devils scored two in the second, which would be all the cushion they would need.
Pendleton tried to start a rally in the sixth, scoring its lone run on an RBI single from Leini Alger that scored Stephanie Breshears. The only other hit of the game for Pendleton came from the bat of Tia Smith.
"Our hitting will come along," Cary said. "But Walla Walla did show us two very good pitchers and that's good for us to see early in the season."
The Bucks will play again March 27 in the ISG Tournament in Mt. View, Idaho.