The Hermiston Bulldogs baseball team suffered two more Mid-Columbia Conference losses during their doubleheader at Walla Walla on Saturday.

Hermiston dropped both games by just one run: 3-2 and 4-3.

The Blue Devils got a head start when Taylor Hamada singled and drove a run in in the bottom of the first inning. Hermiston knotted the score at 2-2 on an error in the top of the fourth, but Walla Walla ran in one more at the bottom of the fifth. They outlasted the Dawgs for the final two innings to stay on top.

Trevor Wagner led the Bulldogs’ offense, batting 1 for 3 with a run scored. Gavin Hunter scored Hermiston’s second and final run of the game.

Seth Prewitt sat down just two Blue Devils batters, and surrendered three runs across seven hits and six innings on the mound.

Game two was off to a slow start as 4½ scoreless innings went by until Walla Walla scored three times in the bottom of the third. Hermiston would level the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth when Wagner, Landon Jones, and Wyatt Noland all made it home.

But it was Ryan Watilo who clinched the second win for the Blue Devils, who scored one final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Spencer Juul allowed three of Walla Walla’s four runs, which were scored off of eight hits. Juul also walked five Blue Devils. Landon Jones pitched an inning of relief, and allowed two hits and one run. Neither pitcher threw a strikeout.

Hermiston (1-9 MCC) is back on the road on Tuesday, where they’ll challenge Kamiakin for another MCC doubleheader. First pitch is at 2 p.m.


PILOT ROCK/NIXYAAWII 15-13, STANFIELD/ECHO 6-3 — Stanfield kept things close for the first two innings of Saturday’s home doubleheader, but the Rockets held them off and kept them winless for the season.

In game one, the Tigers trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the second, but the Rockets ran in seven in the top of the fifth to put the game away.

Logan Weinke hit a perfect game for Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii, batting 5 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs. Cadon Thornton hit 2 for 3 with four runs scored. He also struck out three Tigers, but allowed six runs off of seven hits.

Tigers pitcher Eduardo Nunez scattered 11 runs off 12 hits from 4⅔ innings on the mound, and only collected one strikeout. Dillon Dunlap led the offense for Stanfield, batting 2 for 4 with one run and two more driven in.

By the third inning in game two, Pilot Rock had already climbed to a 9-0 advantage, from which the Tigers never recovered. The game wrapped up in five innings.

Jaydon Sanchez pitched three innings for the Tigers, and gave up nine runs off of eight hits and eight errors. He also walked four.

Austin Drake struck out five from the Rockets’ mound. Weinke led his team’s offense once again, collecting three runs and three RBIs from a 2 for 4 performance at the plate. Ben Combs hit 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, and Quinton Orr hit 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii (7-2, 5-1 BMC) will take a breather from Blue Mountain Conference action for a game at Umatilla on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Stanfield/Echo (0-10, 0-4 BMC) host Mac-Hi, who are also winless in league play, for a nonleague contest.


GRANT UNION/PRAIRIE CITY 13-7, WESTON-MCEWEN 7-6 — The visiting Prospectors handed Weston-McEwen their first two Blue Mountain Conference losses on Saturday.

Grant Union held a 7-0 advantage in the top of the fourth inning, but the TigerScots responded with seven runs of their own to tie the score on their next offensive play.

“We were a little bit tentative,” said Weston-McEwen coach Jeff Griggs on his team’s slow start. “The girls knew they were playing the No. 2-ranked team in the state. But I’m proud of the way they clawed back and made a game of it. We just didn’t keep our momentum.”

The Prospectors pulled away with two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh. TigerScots pitcher McKenna Stallings gave up 13 hits, 13 runs, and three errors, but also fanned 11 Prospectors. She batted 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs.

In game two, the TigerScots evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the second, but Grant Union responded with five runs at the bottom of the third to keep the game in their hands.

The game ended in just five innings due to rain.

“We played better ball in the rain than when it was bright and shiny,” Griggs said. “If we’d been more relaxed, we would have had better performances.”

Madison Shell hit 1 for 2 with a run and two RBIs. Skylar Uptain scored two runs with a 1 for 2 batting performance.

Weston-McEwen (7-2, 2-2 BMC) travels to the No. 3-ranked Union Leopards for a conference doubleheader on Friday.

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