RIVERSIDE - Riverside pitcher Tess Haertling surrendered six earned runs Saturday, and the Pirates dropped their Greater Oregon League opening doubleheader to No. 1-ranked Baker 6-0, 6-0.

Baker's Heidi Boyer threw four perfect innings to start the day before Jessica Burns and Haertling recorded the only two hits of the game for Riverside (4-4).

Boyer also fanned seven batters over seven innings as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the GOL and 6-0 overall.

Haertling gave up five hits, struck out eight and allowed three earned runs in the loss for Riverside.

"I expected them to hit the ball, and I couldn't get all my pitches to work (Saturday), and that was frustrating," Haertling said. "A loss like that makes us want to beat them even more next time."

"In both games we made some mistakes that (Baker) was able to capitalize on and we couldn't," Riverside coach Randy Barton said. "It seemed like we hit the ball better later on in first game, but I didn't think we could get a break all day."

Riverside kept the Bulldog offense quiet in the second outing until the fifth inning when Baker batters had four singles and Boyer tripled to break the game open.

The Pirates struggled from the plate in the second game, getting singles from Haertling and Burns.

In the second game, Haertling gave up nine hits and struck out three batters in the complete game loss.

"Haertling pitched better than she had against Yamhill-Carlton when I watched her last week," Baker coach Steve Bachman said. "They seemed to hit the ball better this week, too."

After playing Baker, Barton said the Bulldogs' No. 1 ranking is legit.

"They definitely have the tools to be the top-ranked team in the state. They have probably one of the best infields I have ever seen," Barton said.

"They all run and swing the bat well, and I'm sure they are going make a run at the championship this year."

Riverside is at The Dalles-Wahtonka on Thursday.


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