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Dawgs land final blow for Hermiston win

THE DALLES freshman shortstop Sierra Watson fields a groundball hit by Hermiston first baseman Jaime Hinkley for the out at first during the third inning of Tuesday's 5A Columbia River Conference varsity softball game against the Bulldogs. Hermiston broke open a 4-all deadlock with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat the Eagle Indians 7-4 in a contest played at 16th Street Ballpark.

THE DALLES freshman shortstop Sierra Watson fields a groundball hit by Hermiston first baseman Jaime Hinkley for the out at first during the third inning of Tuesday's 5A Columbia River Conference varsity softball game against the Bulldogs. Hermiston broke open a 4-all deadlock with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat the Eagle Indians 7-4 in a contest played at 16th Street Ballpark. Photo by Mark Gibson.

Abi Drotzmann homered and teammates Kylee Andreason and Mikayla Kopacz added insurance runs on errors to break open a 4-4 tie in the top of the sixth inning in a 7-4 triumph Tuesday in Columbia River Conference softball play in The Dalles.

Down three runs in the home half of the sixth, Lori Cimmiyotti slugged a double to right centerfield.

Hannah Harris then rifled a deep shot to the fence in center, but Kalene Wheeler made a running catch while slamming into the fence for the first out.

Ruthie Ford, celebrating her 16th birthday, then followed with a bloop single to left to put runners on the corners with one out.

Morgan Goslin then hit hot shot to third base, and the Bulldog fielder looked back to Cimmiyotti at third and fired a bullet to first to retire Goslin.

On the throw, Cimmiyotti dashed for home, but Jaime Hinkley made an accurate throw home to gun down Cimmiyotti for the double play to end the threat.

The Dalles scored three runs in the second inning on a deep shot to center for a bases-clearing double by Ford, which plated Sierra Watson, Grace Helyer and Harris to even the count, at the time, 3-3.

Hermiston scored a single in the top of the fourth to lead by one run, but the Tribe answered in the bottom of the fourth using a single by Ford and an RBI double off the bat of Goslin.

“We played better than they did, but we just didn’t have the hits that we needed in the time that we needed them,” Goslin said. “We would get big hits here and there, but none in the same inning.”

Even in the loss, Harris was pleased with the effort her team showed. A little fine tuning here and there could get the squad back on the right track.

“We came out today the same way, like we wanted it, it is just the bounces did not go our way,” Harris said. “Our motto has been, ‘We have to want it enough to win.’”

TD (7-9 overall, 1-3 league) hosts Pendleton at noon Saturday for a doubleheader.

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