PILOT ROCK — Levi Thieme had a standout game on Tuesday as he recorded three hits, a grand slam home run and six total RBI to lead the Rockets to a 20-9 victory over the visiting Heppner Mustangs.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first inning, but then Heppner struck first with seven runs in the top of the second, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Beau Wolters.
The Mustangs’ pitching was no match for the Rockets’ offense in the second though, as Pilot Rock (3-0) answered with a whopping 16-run inning — 14 of which came with two outs. In the frame, 20 batters came to the plate, with the Rockets working six walks and earning nine hits. Levi Thieme headlined the inning with his grand slam late in the inning to make it a 15-7 game.
Chris Weinke also homered in the game for the Rockets, hitting a two-run shot to center in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 20-9 game, enabling the 10-run rule to end the game.
In all, five Rockets had multi-hit games and Thieme and Ty Dick led the way with three apiece. Dick also added five RBI and Chris Weinke had four.
Payton Lehman led the Mustangs (0-3) with four hits and Wolters had two.
R H E
HHS 070 02 9 10 2
PR 0160 22 20 15 2
(H) H. Hyatt, K. Smith (2) and W. Steagall (2). (P) C. Weinke and B. Pierce (5).
2B — N. Brewer, T. Dick, Q. Orr, B. Pierce, L. Weinke (PR). 3B — H. Hyatt (HHS). HR — B. Wolters (HHS); L. Thieme, C. Weinke (PR).
MAC-HI 11, DESALES (WA) 1 — After an extended break due to Saturday’s doubleheader being canceled, the Mac-Hi Pioneers returned to the diamond with bats ablaze. They played host to DeSales (WA) on Tuesday afternoon and handed the Irish a 11-1 loss that didn’t even make it the full seven innings due to the 10-run rule.
After DeSales was held scoreless in the fifth, the game was called and the Pioneers move to 3-0 overall early in the season.
“We came to play today. We pitched, played defense, and ran the bases hard,” head coach Mark Michaud said.
Jesus Vela led all batters with three RBI and went 3 for 3 on the afternoon, while Esparza and Humbert each chipped in two RBI apiece.
Cothey earned the win for Mac-Hi Pioneers after three innings of work. Cothey gave up a lone run on three hits while striking out three.
R H E
DHS 010 00 1 4 0
M-H 541 1 11 7 4
(D) M. Meidema and W. Towne (2). (M) D. Cothey and E. Rencken (4).
2B — J. Vela 2, R. Esparza (M-H).
WESTON-MCEWEN 10, DUFUR 6 — After two close losses, Weston-McEwen pulled off its first win of the season on the road against Dufur by a 10-6 score.
Weston-McEwen (2-1) was the first to score, bringing in a lone run in the second inning and then three more in the third before Dufur put itself in the game.
Garrett Shell doubled for an RBI single for the TigerScots first run. In the next inning, Dylan Cain was hit by a pitch, which advanced all runners and brought Parker Munck home. Caden Premus followed that up with a ground out that gave Travis Handley enough time to score and Shell knocked another RBI single to center field to put Weston-McEwen up 4-0.
The Rangers (2-1) scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to cut its deficit to one run and to keep the game close. But the TigerScots (1-2) continued to add the their lead with runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning.
Up by 5-4 going into the sixth, Weston-McEwen brought home four batters to go up 9-4 and solidify its lead.
Dufur had some power left but its single run innings in the sixth and seventh weren’t enough to get out of the hole.
Shell led the TigerScots with a perfect 3 for 3 day at the plate with two doubles and four RBI and Brett Speed and Hendley each had two hits.
R H E
W-M 013 104 1 10 11 6
DHS 002 021 1 6 6 6
(W) T. Hendley and P. Munck (6). (D) H. Pence and J. Eisland (5).
2B — Pence, Eisland (DHS); W. Phillips, G. Shell 2 (W-M).
RIVERSIDE 27, DAYTON (WA) 17 — After six innings of play in Boardman, the 10-run rule took effect when the Riverside Pirates were up 27-17 over Dayton. The win Tuesday is Riverside’s first of the season. The Pirates will hit the road to face White Salmon on Friday before the Riverside/Irrigon Tournament next week.
PILOT ROCK 13, WESTON-MCEWEN 6 — At Athena, the Pilot Rock Rockets smacked three home runs and five total extra-base hits as they defeated the Weston-McEwen TigerScots 13-6 on Tuesday in a non-league game.
Ayana Aguilar hit two home runs for the Rockets (2-1) — a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo homer in the fifth — and Sara Weinke hit a two-run homer to start the scoring in the first inning. Aguilar also had an okay game at pitcher, striking out 10 in seven innings while allowing nine hits, six runs and one walk.
Jordyn Lambert and Lilyan Duckett were the top hitters for the TigerScots (0-1), with Lambert going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored and Duckett 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Lambert struggled in her first time out at pitcher, allowing seven hits, six walks and 12 runs (seven earned) in four innings. Duckett pitched three innings of relief and struck out a pair with two hits and one run allowed.
R H E
PR 415 210 0 — 13 9 1
W-M 000 141 0 — 6 9 5
(P) A. Aguilar and R. Oates. (W) J. Lambert, L. Duckett (5). W — Aguilar, L — Lambert.
2B — K. Deist, G. Austin (PR); J. Lambert, K. Hall, L. Duckett (W-M). HR — S. Weinke, A. Aguilar 2 (PR).
MILTON-FREEWATER — On Tuesday, the Mac-Hi boys and girls tennis teamed opened league play on with big wins over Riverside. The boys defeated the Pirates 4-1, and the girls won 6-2.
“I was very pleased on how both teams played,” head coach Danny Sanchez said.
The only point the Pioneer boys dropped was a doubles match between Jose Sanchez and Christian Reyes of Riverside and Dylan Quist and Alexis Perez of Mac-Hi. Sanchez and Reyes held on for an 8-3 win.
In singles, Mac-Hi only allowed Riverside to take five sets. Deazen Zerba defeated Jose Sanchez 8-2 and Jamie Gomez won his matched against Reyes, 8-3.
Mac-Hi’s Bryan Abrego had the best outing of any Pioneers and defeated Zach McDonough 8-0.
For the girls, Janelle Martinez, Jessica Hernandez and Diana Moreno all picked up singles wins for Mac-Hi and giving up two sets at most against the Pirates.
Riverside’s Zulema Gayton picked up one of two wins for her team by defeating Aspen Potter 8-1.
In doubles play, the Pioneers handily defeated Riverside in three of the four matches. But Pirate pair Jessica Calvillo and Gayton turned the tables by defeated Nicole Flores and Evelyn Garcia of Mac-Hi, 8-4, for Riverside’s second and final point of the day.
Deazen Zerba (MH) def. Jose Sanchez (R) 8-2
Bryan Abrego (MH) def. Zach McDonough (R) 8-0
Jamie Gomez (MH) def. Christian Reyes (R) 8-3
Sanchez/Reyes (R) def. Quist/Perez (MH) 8-3
Pio/Carrillo (MH) def. Rincon/McDonough (R) 8-4
Janelle Martinez (MH) def. Jessica Calvillo (R) 8-1
Zulema Gayton (R) def. Aspen Potter (MH) 8-1
Jessica Hernandez (MH) def. Yeidi Ramos (R) 8-1
Diana Moreno (MH) def. Daisy Sanchez (R) 8-2
Calvillo/Gayton (R) def. Flores/Garcia (MH) 8-4
Lesko/Lesko (MH) def. Diaz/Mosqueda (R) 8-1
Alvarez/Angel (MH) def. Altamarino/Anzora (R) 8-2
Jackson/Odman (MH) def. Ramos/Spolveda (R) 8-2
SOUTHRIDGE 8, PENDLETON 0 — At Kennewick, Washington, the Pendleton girls tennis team battled against an experienced and talented Southridge Suns lineup and came up short to the tune of an 8-0 loss on Tuesday.
“I saw a lot of improvement on the court from the Mac-Hi match,” Pendleton coach Rocky Dillenburg said. “We were moving around the court better, our doubles pairs were communicating better. I liked the effort.”
Dillenburg said that despite the sweep, numerous games within each set on Tuesday came down to “multiple adds” and that gaining the mental toughness to pull those adds into Buckaroos’ favor as the season goes along will be something the team will focus on in practice.
THE DALLES — The Hermiston Bulldogs, Heppner Mustangs and Pendleton Buckaroos competed at The Dalles Invitational on Tuesday at the The Dalles Country Club.
The Mustangs took home first place in the team scoring with a score of 393, the only sub-400 score of the six schools that had full teams. Sophie Grant had the low score of 90 for the Mustangs, followed by Sasha Keown (97), Madison Combe (102), Clair Grieb (103), Nicole Propheter (103), and Caitlynn Scrivner (112).
Hermiston was third in the team with 457, with Sonja Peterson leading the way with a 97. Following her was Mykah Krumwiede (102), Madison McClannahan (120), Bekah Miller (138), and Leah Engelbrecht (148).
Pendleton had only three girls competing, so they did not qualify for the team standings. However, junior Megan George had the low score of the day with an 88. Also competing for the Buckaroos was Rylee Harris (104) and Makenzie McLeod (106).