HERMISTON - The Hodgen Distributing Red Bulls jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning of the championship game of the Devin Oil Heat's tournament in Hermiston Sunday.
Playing the host Heat, the Red Bulls were able to hold off a second-inning rally to win the game 10-5.
Like in their previous game against the Red Bulls, Devin Oil bounced right back with five runs in the second but couldn't maintain as neither team scored a run after the third inning.
Wyatt Whitten hit a base-clearing double for three RBI's in the first for Hodgen and Travis Copeland added another two RBI's with a double in the first.
Travis Bratton doubled in the second inning for Devin Oil for their one extra-base hit in the game.
Hodgen assistant Doug Kline said that even though the weekend tournament didn't provide the competition level the team is used to playing, it was a good chance for the team to get back on track.
"If you were struggling and you needed to get some confidence this was a good weekend for it,"?Whitten said.
"The pitchers weren't quite what we've seen but when you're struggling a little bit it kind of helps to have pitchers like that,"?Kline said. "We've been kind of up and down. Some games we'll do well, some games we won't. It's kind of nice to see the guys come out and hit the ball consistently for six games."
James Caldwell picked up the win, going six innings and striking out nine and continues to be the ace on the Hodgen staff. According to Kline, Caldwell is simply continueing a great high school season and has a chance to earn the Pendleton High No. 1 job next spring if he can continue at his current pace.
Tyler Andreason threw from the rubber for Devin Oil and recorded five strikeouts.