The Eagles led early and late against Hermiston Tuesday but couldn’t hold either time as Hermiston scored three-run fourth and sixth innings and went on to win 7-4.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Hermiston pitcher Paige Long, scoring two runs in the second inning on an error and an infield single by Erica Enrique and adding another run in the third on a double by Hannah Williams.
Hermiston came right back to it in the fourth. Long started the comeback with a two-run homer, and Mykel Liebe tied the game up with a double.
With the scored tied at 3-3 in the fifth the Eagles took the lead on a two-out single by Amanda McCafferty.
The lead also proved to be short-lived. Maloree Moss led of the sixth with a triple for Hermiston and was driven home on a single by Courtney Howard to tie the game.
One later Liebe crushed a Kayla Byers pitch over the right field fence for a two-run home run.
Hermiston added another run in the seventh. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs, but Byers and the Eagles were a strike away from getting out of the inning before Howard legged out an infield single on a two-strike pitch with a soft ground ball to second base to score a run.
The loss dropped the Eagles to 1-4 in league play, all but eliminating them for conference title contention. Pendleton currently leads the league at 4-1, and HRV would likely need to sweep its remaining seven games, have The Dalles-Wahtonka win its final three games against Pendleton, and then have Hermiston and Pendleton split their seven game series.
The Eagles are still on track to host a state play-in game, ranked No. 12 in the 5A rankings.
The HRV baseball team also had no luck against the Bulldogs. After spotting Hermiston a four-run lead in the first inning, the Eagles twice pulled within in a run, but could not get over the top as Hermiston won 9-5.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two walks and a hit batter by HRV starter Ty Bofferding and a pair of errors by the Eagle defense to score their four runs in the first.
The Eagles answered with three of their own in the bottom of the inning on a two-run triple by Lucio Alaniz and a sacrifice fly by Nick Weekly.
Both teams scored a run in the third before Hermiston started to pull away in the fourth. The Bulldogs took advantage of another HRV error to put the leadoff runner on before Camran Pollick hit a two-run home run.
Hermiston got another run when Nychal Gritz got on board on a hit by pitch and came around to score on a Larry Posada double.
The Eagles got a run in the fourth on a Cody Walker double but did not score again.
The win allowed Hermiston to move ahead of the Eagles in the league standings and dropped the Eagles to the No. 8 ranking among 5A teams.
Both HRV teams are in Hermiston this weekend for a doubleheader before closing out the series in Hood River Tuesday.