Hood River Little League report

Maritime, McIsaac's set for showdown

The little league championship stage is set, as second-half champ Maritime Services and first-half champ McIsaac’s will battle it out for all the Majors marbles on July 4.

Both teams slugged it out all season and finished with identical 15-3 records. They played three close head-to-head games, with McIsaac’s winning two and Maritime one. The annual championship game will be held next Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Little League Ballpark on Nix Drive in Hood River.

Around the rest of the league, the Hood River Elks had a tough final week, dropping their final three games. But they still managed to hold onto third place in the overall standings due to a strong second-half start.

Two of the losses were by just one run (4-3 to fourth-place

Underwood Fruit and 3-2 to McIsaac’s), but the third was a deflating 16-8 loss to Sprint 509, which finished fifth overall.

The winless Odell Lions rounded out the final Majors standings in sixth place.

All-Star squads were selected last week for boys majors, girls majors and girls minors. Each team will play in district tournaments, which will be held the next two weeks.

The boys minors All-Star teams have also been practicing for their district tournament, which started last weekend in Boardman. Hood River sent two teams, with hopes of advancing to the state tournament later in the summer.

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American All-Stars start strong

The Hood River American All-Stars started off strong at last weekend’s district tournament in Boardman, winning their first two games over Columbia and Bend South.

In the process, the stand-out group of 9-10 year-old minors set itself apart from local American All-Star teams of years past by winning more than one game at the annual tournament.

In game one versus Columbia last Friday, the Americans rode the stellar six-inning pitching performance of Brandon Nelson to win 13-9. The team posted eight hits and three sacrifices, and was led offensively by Michael Smith and Luke Tanner.

In game two on Saturday, the Americans continued to pound out the hits, beating Bend South by a count of 14-13. Jose Frias, Keith Stephenson and Tanner each pitched for HR. First baseman Brent Goe made numerous key plays during the game, and capped the win by snaring a line drive in the sixth.

The Americans continued to play on Monday, but results were not available at press time. Manager Jim Sinclair and coaches Jeff McNerney and Kevin Nelson said they have been very impressed with the team’s hard work to this point.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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