KENNEWICK — A two-out triple by Kennewick’s Trek Stemp ignited a five-run third inning for the Lions and they went on to down the Hermiston Bulldogs 8-4 in high school baseball Saturday.

“We played a really good ballgame,” Hermiston coach Brent Mattson said. “If we get out of that (third inning), it’s a whole different ballgame.”

Mattson said the Bulldogs had plenty of things they could look to in a strong performance against perennial southeast Washington power Kennewick, including errorless defense and a seven-hit performance at the plate that included a triple by Jeremy Holden and a home run by Justin?Jones.

Hermiston’s Tommy Bevington, who came to the mound in the fifth inning, agreed.

“It was kind of a test for us, but it was good. We showed our skills, and pitching too. It was probably one of the better teams we’ll face for hitting,” he said.

Stemp added a home run, Garrett Wilz had a triple and Drew Loftus and Jeremy Gonzalez doubled for Kennewick. Frankie Murrillo earned the victory on the mound.

Hermiston will open the Spring Break Invitational tournament Monday at 11 a.m. against Gresham, then will play Madras at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs had been scheduled to play Reynolds and Milwaukie in the tournament on Tuesday, but due to an overloaded schedule, will be idle. The Walla Walla Blue Devils will take their place in the Tuesday games at Hermiston.

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