Hermiston faces North Salem today

JOHN DAY - Hermiston rode an 11-run fourth inning on Saturday to advance to the third round of the 2004 Oregon American Legion Single-A State Tournament hammering Madison 15-3 in a game called after five innings of play on the 10-run rule.

Holding a 4-3 lead, the Heat sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth collecting seven hits to put the game away.

"The kids have been playing well in the tournament," Hermiston coach Scott Depew said. "Madison had two kids who were throwing strikes and we're more aggressive against teams like this."

The Heat had 13 hits in the game, but only one of them went for extra bases.

Hermiston took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a leadoff Eric Lindley single followed by a walk to Mitch Colvin. A Jordon Journot single loaded the bases and Lindley came home with the first run on an Aaron Huxoll single.

Madison rallied to take a 2-1 lead when Billy Coombs stroked a two-out, two run home run in the top of the third inning, but the Heat came right back in the bottom half of the inning scoring three runs on a Colvin double and a Journot sacrifice fly.

Madison narrowed the lead to 4-3 with a run in the top of the fourth on an error, a sacrifice bunt, a Travis Rickman single and a fielder's choice before Hermiston exploded in the bottom half of the inning.

The Heat tallied nine of their 11 runs in the inning after two batters were out.

Tranden Whitsett went the distance on the mound for Hermiston giving up just four hits to pick up the victory. McLayne Bertsch drove in four runs for Hermiston on a 2 for 4 effort at the plate. Justin Bentler, Sergio Ambriz, Eric Lindley, Colvin and Journot had two hits each.

Hermiston squares off against North Salem today at 3 p.m.

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