The Hermiston little league team kicked off play at the Junior League West Regional tournament, playing as Team Oregon, on Tuesday with a 14-4 loss to Arizona.
But on Wednesday afternoon things turned around in a big way for Hermiston as it walloped Wyoming for a 20-2 victory in San Jose, California. Hermiston tallied 10 hits in the game, but its offense was helped out by eight Wyoming errors to notch the 20 runs.
Ethin Randolph was the star offensively for Hermiston, as he put together a 4 for 5 day with five RBI and a pair of runs scored out of the cleanup spot in the batting order. One spot ahead in the lineup was Sam Schwirse who also had a strong day going 3 for 4 with five RBI, four runs scored and a walk.
Carter Tolan was 0 for 2 but worked three walks and tied Schwirse for the team lead with four runs scored. Spencer Juul and Trevor Wagner were the only other Hermiston batters to pick up hits.
On the pitching mound, five kids pitched in to allow just two runs and three hits to Wyoming, as well as tallying nine strikeouts. Alexis Rosales took up the most time with 2 1/3 scoreless innings giving up one hit and two walks with two strikeouts.
Hermiston held a 2-1 lead after one inning but blew the game open in the second with a five-run showing to take a 7-1 lead. Hermiston then scored 13 runs combined over the fourth and fifth innings as the team sent 21 batters to the plate in that span.
Hermiston will next play Hawaii (1-1) today at 1 p.m. A win advances Hermiston on to the next round of the tournament while a loss will send it home.
R H E
ORE 250 85 — 20 10 2
WYO 100 10 — 2 3 8