Photo by RJ Chavez
HRV Softball took care of business last Friday as they beat the Hermiston Bulldogs by a final score of 11-1 to claim second place in the Columbia River Conference standings. Hannah McNerney (pictured) allowed three hits and one run over five innings, striking out six. McNerney also was one of two Eagles to hit a home run against Hermiston.
As of Tuesday, May 8, 2018
A three-game Columbia River Conference winning streak for HRV softball moved the Eagles ahead of Hermiston by one game for second place in conference standings.
And the Eagles had a chance to secure that second place ranking in conference on Friday, May 4 as the Hermiston Bulldogs visited Hood River.
HRV went into this matchup ahead in the season series 2-1 and were 5-4 in conference, while the Bulldogs were 4-5.
The last time these two teams matched up, HRV beat Hermiston 8-0.
And last Friday, the Eagles would yet again have another dominating performance versus the Bulldogs.
HRV won by a final score of 11-1 over Hermiston to claim second place in CRC.
The Eagles are currently 18-4 overall, 6-4 in conference and on a four-game winning streak.
Against the Bulldogs, HRV was in full control from start to finish.
It started with Hannah McNerney, who set the tone of the game right out the gate.
After a three-up and three-down first inning for McNerney, who was on the mound for the Eagles, HRV came out in the bottom of the first with a little bit of extra juice left in their bats from their six home run game versus The Dalles to close out April.
Haylee Baker led the inning off with a single for HRV, but the Eagles followed the single with back-to-back outs.
With two outs and a runner on, HRV began their rally.
McNerney started off the two-out rally with a two-run homerun on a 1-2 count to center field, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Following back-to-back outs, the Eagles hit back-to-back homeruns as Kaylin Winans hit a solo shot to center field after McNerney’s two-run homerun to push the Eagles lead to 3-0 heading into the top of the second.
McNerney would keep her hot start to this game going as she struck out the side in the second inning.
In the bottom of the second, HRV picked up its fourth run of the game off a fielding error by the Bulldogs infield; HRV 4-0.
Both sides were held scoreless in the third inning, but Hermiston would take its zero off the scoreboard in the top of the fourth after a single that drove in one run; HRV 4-1.
But the girls wouldn’t let that one run go without a response.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles racked up five hits and four runs to extend the HRV lead to 8-1. Lauren Decker, Zoe Munn, Baker and Winans each picked up RBI’s in the inning.
The top of the fifth went by quick for Hermiston as McNerney retired the first three batters of the inning on five pitches.
HRV would then close this game out in the bottom of the fifth.
The Eagles drove in three runs in the fifth, two off singles and one off a walk with the bases loaded, to give HRV a 11-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
RBI leaders versus Hermiston: McNerney (3); Winans (3); Decker (2); and Zoe Munn (1).
Leaders in hits versus Hermiston: Baker (3); Winans (3); Decker (2); Lizzie Weekly (2); McNerney (1); Munn (1); and Emilie Ellifritz (1).
CRC standings: Pendleton 10-0, HRV 6-4, Hermiston 4-6 and The Dalles 0-10.
Next up for the Eagles is a matchup with the number one ranked team in the state, the Pendleton Buckaroos.
HRV traveled to Pendleton on Tuesday, May 7 to go up against the 22-1 Buckaroos (results unavailable at press time).