PENDLETON - Pendleton roared into Intermountain Conference play Friday, thumping Hood River Valley 16-2 in five innings at Weber Field.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in Hood River, but was moved to Pendleton because of inclement weather.
"It's a great way to start," Pendleton coach Todd Zimmermann said. "To get back to .500 was big, and to get off to a 1-0 start in the league, that's huge."
The Buckaroos (4-4 overall) scored nine runs in the bottom of third inning, eventually winning due to the 10-run rule.
In the third, Pendleton sent 12 batters to the plate, drew three walks and had three extra-base hits, including a grand slam.
Tucker Whitten hit the grand slam and finished the day with five RBI and two runs scored. Kenny Melton also hit a home run, finishing the day 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs.
Matt Gundlach was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a stolen base, and Jake Calvert went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Calvert picked up the win for Pendleton, pitching all five innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter.
Pendleton will host DeSales, Wash., today at 11 a.m. in a nonconference doubleheader.
The Dalles-Wahtonka 10, Hermiston 4
HERMISTON - The Dalles-Wahtonka spoiled Hermiston's Intermountain Conference opener Friday after the Eagle-Indians walked away with a 10-4 victory.
Jordan Journot pitched four strong innings for the Bulldogs (2-6, 0-1 IMC), but he got roughed up in the fifth and sixth innings and took the loss.
"It was a good game for four innings," Hermiston coach Scott Depew said. "We let the leadoff man on in the first few innings, and The Dalles swung the bats pretty well."
The Eagle-Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs came back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.
The Dalles scored three more runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth, though, to seal the victory.
The Bulldogs will host Crook County in an IMC doubleheader next Saturday.