ATHENA - Weston-McEwen dropped a diamond dyad here Saturday to Blue Mountain League rival Heppner. Both games went the distance before the TigerScots succumbed 6-2 and 8-5.
Both pitchers went the distance in game one. Justin Gutierrez threw a four-hitter, relinquishing two runs to the TigerScots in the fifth. W-M's Dallas Reich surrendered six runs on six hits in his seven innings of work against Heppner.
Heppner struck first with four runs in the third. W-M closed the gap to 5-2 in the fifth. Heppner tacked on an insurance run in the seventh for the final 6-2 tally.
Game two was a pitchers' carousel. The teams used a combined seven pitchers over seven innings.
Both sides started strong scoring runs in the first and the third.
W-M rallied to a 5-4, lead thanks to a three-run fifth. Consecutive Heppner two-spots in the sixth and seventh pushed the Mustangs back to the lead and sealed the victory.
Eliot Salter hit the only homer of the day. His bomb came in the nightcap.
"Heppner is one of the tops teams in our league," W-M coach T.J. Haguewood said. "You have to play pretty clean baseball to beat them, but we came up a little short.
"It was 12 innings of good baseball and two inning of breakdowns. We gave up four in the third inning (of game one) on mental breakdowns, then had a couple mental breakdowns in the sixth inning (of game two) and got behind."
The losses drop the TigerScots to 2-5 in league play.
They play host Irrigon Tuesday.
Heppner 004 010 1 - 6 6 4
W-M 000 020 0 - 2 4 3
Gutierez and Chick; Reich and Salter.
HR - none.
Hits - Heppner: Day, Huddleston, Johnson, Gentry, Chick, Black; W-M: Salter, Thacker, Bond 2.
Heppner 202 002 2 - 8 9 2
W-M 101 030 0 - 5 8 7
Day, Johnson (1), Boyce (4), Ore (7) and Coil; Lively, Reich (5), McGill (6) and Salter.
HR - Salter.
Hits - Heppner: Day, Huddleston, Eckman 2, Johnson, Gentry 2, Murray, Boyce; W-M: Salter 2, Thacker, Reich, Speed 2, Bond, Greenwalt.