HERMISTON - The Devin Oil Hermiston Legion baseball team showed plenty of rust Monday after taking the last eight days off from baseball all together.
The Heat shook itself loose in time to earn a sweep against Milton-Freewater, though, following an 11-10 win in eight innings with a 7-3 victory.
"The batteries were recharged, but the guys were very rusty,"?Hermiston coach Brent Mattson said. "We played like a team that hadn't played or practiced in eight days."
It did not affect the outcome, though, as the Heat received plenty of offense in both games. Mitch Boylan led the charge in Game 1 with three doubles and three RBIs, setting the pace for the Heat, which collected 11 hits.
"He was a nice presence in the middle of our lineup," Mattson said. "The guys in front of him got on via the walk quite a bit and he hit the ball hard today."
Travis Bratton also tallied three hits, including a game-winner to score Tyler Andreason from third base in the eighth inning.
After Tyler Schwirse struggled as the Hermiston starter, Tom Bevington and Jacob Almaguer held down the Milton-Freewater bats enough to allow the offense to take the lead.
Almaguer put out a potentially dangerous fire in the seventh, throwing one pitch for a ground out to end the inning. In the eighth, the soon-to-be-sophomore struck out the side.
Game 2 belonged to Tate Gabriel from the mound, who went the distance, allowing just three runs. The Hermiston offense spotted Gabriel six runs in the first two innings and the Heat put it in cruise control from there.
"In that second game, Tate just threw great and we played errorless defense behind him,"?Mattson said.
The Heat play another doubleheader today, traveling to play Hanford.