Hermiston’s softball team wasted no time taking care of business in their season opener on Saturday afternoon.
In Yakima, the Bulldogs shut out Davis 18-0, and then turned around to take down Eisenhower 12-2.
“I’m really proud of the team,” said coach Kate Greenough. “They scored 30 runs in 10 innings. That’s exciting. We couldn’t be more happy with the way they showed up and played.”
Despite racking up 18 runs, the Bulldogs didn’t get going until the third inning, where they ran in eight. They put in two more in the fourth, and another eight in the fifth to call the game early.
Janelle Almaguer and Grace Studer combined for a no-hitter against the Pirates.
“That’s a huge deal,” Greenough said. “It hasn’t happened since I’ve coached Hermiston. That doesn’t happen often in high school softball.”
Ashley Cameron led the offensive charge for both games, going 6 for 7 at the plate with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBIs on the day.
“Ashley’s absolutely a leader,” Greenough said. “She’s a good ball player. In softball, if you hit .300 or .400, you’re doing well. She hit .800 today. That’s an impressive feat.”
With two wins to kick start their season, the Bulldogs will return home to begin league action in the Mid-Columbia Conference. They’ll host Southridge on Friday for a doubleheader at Rocky Heights Elementary. Game time is at 3 p.m.
ROCKET INVITE — Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii ended Saturday’s home invite with an 8-5 loss to Lost River, but things didn’t get any easier with a 14-1 loss to Vernonia.
The Rockets (1-3) will host Rainier at 1 p.m. Thursday.
MAC-HI 16, YAMHILL-CARLTON 4 — The Pioneers scored their season’s first win at Newport’s Battle at the Beach on Monday afternoon.
IRRIGON 11, PILOT ROCK/NIXYAAWII 4 — Irrigon’s five runs at the bottom of the fifth sealed a home victory on Saturday.
“We’re not playing at our best yet, and we’re still winning,” Knights coach Randy Henrichs said. “I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat once we get going.”
Matthew Moreno drove in three runs and scored twice for the Knights, who picked up their third win. Zach Henrichs went 1 for 2 with two runs scored.
The Rockets got two runs from Logan Weinke, and pitcher Tel Thacker struck out four Knights.
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii (0-1) hosts North Lake on Tuesday in the Rocket Invite.
Irrigon (3-1) will host Sherman/Arlington/Condon on Wednesday.
WESTON-MCEWEN 4-13, CENTRAL LINN 5-14 ― Dylan Day hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Cobras to a 14-13 victory in Game 2 and complete a sweep of the visiting TigerScots.
W-M led 12-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, where the Cobras scored six runs, including the game-tying run on a bases-loaded walk.
Tanner Sater went 4 for 5 with a double, triple and three RBIs for the TigerScots, who had 19 hits on the day. Dylan Cain and Weston Philipps each drove in two runs, while Blane Peal went 5 for 5 with a triple and scored three times.
Chance McDowell, Sater and Peal all hit doubles for the TigerScots, while Peal also had a triple.
The TigerScots (1-2) are at Riverside on Tuesday.
HERMISTON 7, EISENHOWER 0 ― The Hermiston boys made a clean sweep of Eisenhower in Yakima.
Hayden Cissna won his singles match in a third-set tiebreaker 7-3. Jaiden Ruloph won his match 6-3, 6-4, as did Miguel Salvador, 6-4, 6-0. Austin Garcia made easy work of his singles opponent 6-1, 6-0 for his first win of the season.
Matt Eckhardt and Trent Pitney escaped with a 6-4, 6-4 doubles win. Salvador and Maxwell Spencer teamed to claim their match 6-0, 6-2, and Ruloph and Carter Tolan came out on top 6-3, 6-2.
“The boys are continuing to play very aggressive,” Bulldogs coach Shann West said. “They’re having some very impressive points with the balls being kept low and put away with authority.”
HERMISTON 6, CHIAWANA 1 — On Monday, the Bulldogs swept their doubles matches and dropped just one singles match to turn down their Chiawana hosts.
“Overall, the team is looking very good,” said coach Shann West. “I think it comes down to the kids wanting to win.”
HERMISTON 5, EISENHOWER 2 ― The Hermiston girls dropped just one singles and one doubles match in cruising past host Eisenhower.
Addi Caplinher won her singles match in a 6-3 tiebreaker, Alyssa Perkins won 6-4, 6-4, and Cydney Lind won a 6-1, 6-3 match.
In doubles, Liz Umana and Shiyenne Stewart teamed for a 6-4, 6-1 victory, and Grace Lind and Malayna Anderson won in a 6-2, 6-1 match.
CHIAWANA 7, HERMISTON 0 — The Hermiston girls didn’t stand a chance against their Chiawana hosts on Monday afternoon.
Violet Mitchell and Emery Snyder, and Grace Lind and Malayna Anderson both tied their doubles opponents in two sets, but lost in the tiebreaker.
Hermiston’s Jordan Thomas scored four points and grabbed four rebounds to help Tri-Cities to an 84-62 victory over Yakima in the SWX Classic All-Star game Sunday at Yakima Valley College.
Talia von Olehoffen (Tri-Cities Prep) had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for TC, which has won 10 games in a row in the series. Nicole Gall (Richland) added 12 points and four rebounds..
In the boys game, Yakima used a 31-16 run in the third quarter to help beat Tri-Cities, 104-96.
Hermiston’s Ryne Andreason had four assists and four rebounds for TC, while Cesar Ortiz chipped in three points and three rebounds.