SUNNYSIDE, Wash - The Hermiston baseball team found plenty of success Tuesday against Sunnyside on the mound and in the field, but did not bring the bats to match.
The Bulldogs could only muster three hits against both Sunnyside pitchers, and lost 3-2.
"From a pitching standpoint we did pretty well," Hermiston coach Greg Kaatz said. "On offense we have some issues. We are a non-threat on offense right now. We're a little apprehensive and a little bit rusty. We're just not making things happen enough with runners on base."
The Bulldogs (0-3) stranded 11 runners on base and struck out 10 times in the game.
Behind Bill Frost, Jordan Bert and Kyle Rhodes, Hermiston quieted the Grizzlies' bats for most of the game. Frost started, and allowed all three runs, but only one was earned.
The Grizzlies took advantage of some errors by Hermiston, raking consecutive doubles to pick up their runs in the third inning.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be a doubleheader against Post Falls, Idaho on Saturday, and Kaatz is hoping the bats will come alive quickly.
He is hoping the arrival of Sam Grogan, Bryce Baldock and Brad Irwin from the basketball team will give Hermiston a boost in productivity as soon as they are eligible to play.
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Frost, Jordan Bert (4), Kyle Rhodes (5) and Jose Rosales. Briones,
Bobath (5) and Reyes. W - Briones; L - Frost (0-2); S - Bobath
- C. Mendez, Taylor (Sunnyside).