HAPPY?VALLEY - The Hermiston softball team notched its first and second wins of the season Monday at the Putnam Spring Break Challenge in Happy Valley, beating a pair of Class 6A opponents.
The Bulldogs began the day with a 7-2 win over host Putnam, then defeated Gresham 5-4. Hermiston is the only Class 5A?team playing in the tournament.
Both games came down to the final few frames as the young Bulldogs trailed Putnam 2-0 after one inning.
However, Paige Long shut Putnam down the rest of the game, only allowing three hits. She and Gracie Flyg hit doubles and the Bulldogs (2-2) tied the game in the fifth, then poured on five runs in the sixth to take the win.
Sophomore Cheyanne Lawson came up big in the game going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and two stolen bases. She scored the tying run on a passed ball in the fifth inning.
Hermiston again found itself trailing Gresham, this time 3-2 after three innings.
But the Bulldogs dug in their cleats for another comeback victory and scored a run in each of the last three innings.
Gresham plated one in the seventh but the Bulldogs matched with an Andrea Waters walk-off double to get the win. Waters hit in Courtney Howard from second base on a 0-2 offering.
Megann Galloway picked up the win as Hanna Findley hit a home run and a double, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Long added a double. Waters was 4-for-4 against Gresham after missing the first game because she didn't travel with the team due to an eye issue.
Hermiston will wrap up play at the tournament today against Oregon City, then take the rest of the week off.