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Hermiston infielders josstle for position to catch a popup early in the game with Hood River on Saturday. Ultimately starting pitcher Kaleen Wheeler came up with the catch. [img_1042]

Hermiston Defeats Hood River In First Game of Little League Softball Action

Hermiston won 7-4

Posted June 29, 2009

HERMISTON - The Hermiston 11/12 year old softball team won it's first game of the Little League district tournament on Saturday by the score of 7-4. Hermiston defeated Hood River at a 11:30AM game.

Hermiston was the visitor in the game and went to bat first. Kalene Wheeler started things off with a hit to third base that she beat out. Next up Dayna Horn hit a shot to short right field. Marissa Crowe hit a grounder to short to fill up the bases. A wild pitch allowed Wheeler to score from third giving Hermiston the 1-0 lead. Elizabeth Weems hit to center field driving in Horn and Crowe and giving Hermiston the 3-0 lead.

Kalene Wheeler was Hermiston's starting pitcher. Hermiston was able to send the first three Hood River down with two groundouts and a flyout.

In the top of the second Jaycee Barron scored from third on a hit to rightfield giving Hermiston the 4-0 lead.

Hermiston next scored in the top of the third. Marissa Crowe scored from second on a bunt by Makenzie Juul to give Hermiston the 5-0 lead.

The next scores for Hermiston came in the top of the fourth. Wheeler scored from third. Then Horn scored from second on a grounder by Crowe. That gave Hermiston the 7-0 lead.

Hood River finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a hit to second driving a run from second. That made the score 7-1.

Hood River continued to score in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded a hit to left field drove in two runners. Then a hit to right brought in a runner. Hermiston's lead was cut to 7-4.

In the top of the sixth Hermiston went three up three down with two groundouts and a flyout. Closing pitcher for Hermiston Elizabeth Weems and her fielders took care of Hood River in the bottom of the sixth giving Hermiston the 7-4 win.

LEFT - Hermiston's Kalene Wheeler scores for Hermiston on a wild pitch that gave Hermiston the 1-0 in the top of the first. [img_1030] RIGHT - Marissa Crowe of Hermiston returns to secondbase with a slide. [img_1058]

LEFT - Hermiston's firstbaseman Makenzie Juul of Hermiston gets tagged by Hood River's thirdbaseman. [img_1068] RIGHT - Hermiston's catcher Marissa Crowe tags out a Hood River runner. [img_1084]

Hermiston secondbaseman Rebecca Engelbrect throws to first in a close play during Little League 11/12 year old opening game action on Saturday. [img_1072]

LEFT - Kalene Wheeler of Hermiston goes into secondbase standing up. [img_1090} RIGHT - Hermiston pitcher Kalene Wheeler winds up. [img_1097]

Kalene Wheeler of Hermiston delivers a pitch during the game with Hood River on Saturday. Hermiston won 7-4. [img_1099]

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