HRV softball runs IMC record to 3-0

Hinman pitches eight strong innings as Eagles take big step forward

When a team is looking toward the playoffs, one letdown at home could mean the difference between a No. 2 or No. 3 seed — which is also the difference between playing at home and on the road at state.

The Hood River Valley softball team took that notion to heart Tuesday, scrapping together a wild 2-1 extra-inning win over league rival Hermiston at Westside Field.

“Every win we can get against a top team further solidifies our position among the top two in the league, which is where we want to be,” Eagles coach Phil Hukari said.

“There were a lot of positives that came out of Tuesday’s win, and it’s a big boost for us since Hermiston is traditionally one of the powerhouses in our league,” he said.

Sophomore pitcher Talia Hinman was on fire against the Bulldogs, striking out eight, walking none and giving up seven hits while going the distance to earn her fifth win.

Junior Michelle Connors was the offensive hero, bringing home Ashley Carter from third base on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“Tuesday’s game was a classic pitching duel,” Hukari said. “Whichever team got the breaks was going to win.”

As it turned out, Hermiston’s three errors hurt them tremendously, while HRV’s error-free game helped them come out on top.

The Eagles (8-5, 3-0 IMC) held the lead for most of the game after scoring a run in the second inning on Meghan Flem’s RBI single. The Bulldogs were unable to get to Hinman until the sixth, when they tagged her for three hits to tie the game at 1-1.

The teams played a scoreless seventh before Carter led off the eighth with a single. Carter advanced to second on Ashley Delepine’s sacrifice bunt, and took third on a throwing error. Then, with one out, Connors stepped in and delivered the sac fly to center.

HRV also faced off against Forest Grove on Thursday, but lost the 2002 playoff rematch by a score of 5-1.

Senior Lauren Gaulke went the distance in the circle, but the offense sputtered and couldn’t come up with the big hit to back her up. Hinman did, however, record three of the Eagles’ seven basehits.

“I thought Lauren did a great job,” Hukari said. “We just weren’t as focused as we were on Tuesday. We’re going to have to stay aggressive and not lose sight of what we’re trying to do, which is to keep improving every game.”

Gaulke gave up just five hits and three earned runs on the day. But just like last year’s state playoff game, the Vikings did their damage early, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Next up for HRV is a Monday road trip to R.A. Long High School in Longview, Wash. They then host Oregon City on Thursday.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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