PILOT?ROCK Jacob Pierce was one infield single from pitching a no-hitter and Dustin Dedios hit his first two home runs of the season to lift the Pilot Rock Rockets past the Heppner Mustangs 9-0 in Special District 6 baseball on Monday.
The game was the delayed second half of a doubleheader from Friday that the Rockets won the first game of 13-3.
Pierce struck out eight Heppner batters on Monday while walking one and hitting two, and was working with a lead from the outset as the Rockets (6-10, 3-4 SD6) scored twice in the top of the first inning when Dedios hit in Skylar Leasy with his first home run.
Leasy was on base the next time Dedios hit the ball over the fence as well and batted 2-for-3. Dedios was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Mike Hiatt was 2-for-4.
Heppners (2-10, 2-5 SD6) only hit was on a hard grounder that was fielded on the dive at second base. The throw to first was wide and caused the first baseman to pull his foot, giving coaches a tough call to make.
It was really a toss up and we decided we cant take away from our second baseman and gave the kid a hit,?said Pilot Rock coach Chris Byrd.
The Rockets next games are Friday in a doubleheader at Horizon Christian in Hood River starting at 4 p.m.
Heppner hosts Sherman today at 4:30 p.m.
MAC-HI 14-15, ONTARIO?0-0 In Ontario, the Mac-Hi Pioneers (15-4, 6-0 GOL) trounced the Ontario Tigers (2-13, 0-6 GOL)?in a Greater Oregon League doubleheader on Monday.
The first game started at 3 p.m. MDT?and details from the contests were not available by the East Oregonians deadline on Monday night.
Mac-Hi hosts La Grande for a doubleheader on Friday that starts at 2 p.m.
HERMISTON?4, HOOD?RIVER?VALLEY?4 (10-8) In Hermiston, the Hermiston Bulldogs won their Columbia River Conference dual by virtue of the sets-won tiebreaker on Monday against the Hood River Valley Eagles.
Hermiston picked up its extra sets at the No. 3 singles and No. 4 doubles matches, which both could have gone either way before swinging to the Eagles in the third set, said Hermiston coach Juan Rodriguez.
The Bulldogs were most dominant in the top two doubles matches going a combined 24-1 in sets.
Sarah Hawman and Zoey Garcia swept through Petra Knapp and Anna Gumperlien in the No. 1 doubles match. The Bulldog girls were coming off a 3-1 road trip at the Bend Tournament over the weekend.
Sarah and Zoey are clicking at the right time, Rodriguez said. Theyre in line for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed at out district tournament.
Also looking for a high seed at districts is the No. 2 Hermiston duo of Bailey Burns and Savanna Foley, who beat Vanessa Sandoval and Elle Webb 6-0, 6-1.
Rodriguez said he remains hopeful the team will make it through the district tournament to state, but they have a lot more work to do than Hawman and Garcia at this point.
Also getting wins for Hermiston on Monday were No. 2 singles player Brianna Wolfe and No. 4 singles Whitney McMahon. Wolfe beat Sophie Oswald 6-3, 6-4 and MacMahon beat Olivia Newcomb 7-5, 6-0.
BAKER?CITY? The Pendleton Buckaroos tied the squad from Weiser, Idaho, with 396 strokes for first place on a very windy afternoon at the Baker Invitational.
Pendleton coach Terri Prouse said the wind came into play throughout the round, causing tee shots to dip sharply and making approach shots extremely difficult.
The wind was pretty bad, she said. A couple of times the ball would kick on the green and the wind would just drive it right off.
La Grandes Carrie Wallace won the individual title with an 84. Pendletons highest placer was Shelby Greb in fourth with a 92.
Rachel Phinney shot a 96, Sonara Malemaleumu shot a 99 and Jennifer Hoolehan shot a 109 that rounded out the team score. Whitney Bahrns was the fifth Buck with a 111.
BEND? The Hermiston Bulldogs were back in central Oregon just days after playing Prineville Country Club.
This time they were playing a four-team tournament at Bend Country Club on Monday and while defending state champions Summit ran away with the team title, it was a great day of golf for the Bulldogs, said coach Mandi Bedolla.
The Bend course featured a lot of narrow tree-lined fairways, Bedolla said.
They did a good job of staying out of trouble and staying in the fairway, she said.
Madison Welch was Hermistons lowest scorer with a 92, Kim Nevil shot 101, Lyndsee Anderson had a 108, Kenedi Hill shot 110 and Taunie Brock had 114. Hermiston had a 411 team score.
Bedolla said all five of Summits golfers shot 91 or lower.