HOOD?RIVER?— The Hermiston softball team suffered through drizzly conditions and rain delays to leave Hood River with a 9-2 Columbia River Conference victory over the Eagles on Tuesday.

Paige Long pitched the complete game despite needing a few extra pitches to restart the engine following the delay in the sixth inning.

“She kept working and was able to finish the game. She did well,” Hermiston coach Saul Castro said.

Long also hit a home run in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

Hood River Valley (10-10, 1-7 CRC) took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first before responded with strength. The Bulldogs( 13-6, 6-2 CRC) scored three runs each in the second and third innings, adding three more for insurance later.

Maloree Moss, Gracie Flyg and Cheyanne Lawson all collected multiple hits for Hermiston, which will face Pendleton for four games to finish the regular season.

The Bucks (15-6, 7-1 CRC) host the Bulldogs for a doubleheader on Saturday for the first set of action where Hermiston will put its seven-game winning streak on the line.

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