PENDLETON - One week removed from a 17-run offensive outburst in Bend, Pendleton mustered four runs Saturday as it was swept by Crook County 2-1, 7-3 in an Intermountain Conference matchup.
Pendleton is now 5-11 overall and 2-4 in the IMC.
"It does put our backs to the wall quite a bit," Pendleton coach Tim Cary said. "These were some games where we certainly weren't expecting to lose two"
Pitcher Courtney Jim lost the first game despite giving up just two runs on four hits over seven innings.
Both of the Cowgirls' runs were scored following sacrifice bunts in the first and fifth innings.
"They did what they had to do in the fifth inning," Cary said. "That's manufacturing runs and making the most of getting your leadoff man on."
The Buckaroos' lone run came on a fourth-inning solo home run from Jim.
Crook County used a huge fifth inning to break open the second game. The Cowboys loaded the bases with no outs, and proceeded to score six runs off pitcher Jennifer Perry. Perry went the distance, giving up seven runs on 11 hits.
"That was the game, right there in game two," Cary said. "We dug ourselves such a big hole, we couldn't get out of it."
The Bucks committed two errors in two games.
"We didn't necessarily play badly defensively," Cary said. "I certainly can't complain about our defense."
Pendleton hosts Hermiston on Tuesday.
"We're excited. I think both teams will come excited Tuesday," Cary said. "Pendleton and Hermiston is always a great matchup.
"I hope we can bounce back from this, get refocused and bounce back on Tuesday."
Hermiston 3-6, Redmond 1-7
REDMOND - Hermiston's Jessica Bequette and Candice Castro both drilled home runs to lift the Bulldogs to a first-game victory over Redmond. Hermiston improved to 2-4 in the IMC.
In the first game, Castro allowed three hits and went the distance in the pitcher's circle.
Bequette got the ball rolling with a two-run homer to deep center field in the fourth inning before Castro's polished off the Panthers with her solo shot in the sixth.
The two teams combined for 21 hits and 13 runs in the second game. Redmond's Ashley Gibson had three doubles in the game.
Castro hit another home run in the fourth inning as the Bulldogs took a 6-3 advantage.
The Panthers scored one in the fifth and three more in the seventh to earn the win.
The Bulldogs visit Pendleton on Tuesday.
Riverside 10-11, Ontario 0-4
BOARDMAN - Pitcher Tess Haertling dominated Ontario on Saturday during a Greater Oregon League softball doubleheader.
Haertling tossed a no-hitter in the opener, fanning 16 batters, and went 3 for 3 at the plate. Teammate Samantha Pedro went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Haertling allowed five hits in the nightcap, had 11 strikeouts and no walks. She was 2 for 3 at the dish while Pedro went 3 for 4.
Riverside (9-6, 5-3 GOL) continues league play April 28 at La Grande.