HRV baseball drops sixth straight

Eagles struggling to find rhythm in the IMC

PRINEVILLE — For the Hood River Valley baseball team, the playoffs are now a little further away than they were one week ago.

The Eagles dropped both games of a Saturday doubleheader at Crook County to fall to 2-6 in the Intermountain Conference, and 5-14 overall.

HRV’s conference losing streak is now at six after starting league play with two wins, and their overall losing streak stands at seven.

But, even worse, the losses of 13-2 and 11-6 landed the Eagles in seventh place in a four-team race, with no sign of relief on the horizon.

HRV was scheduled to face sixth-place Hermiston on Tuesday in Eastern Oregon, but results were not available at press time.

The Eagles then host a doubleheader against first-place Bend on Saturday, and travel to third-place Redmond for two more on May 16.

Finally, HRV will finish IMC play on May 20 at home vs. Pendleton — a team that beat them 7-3 on April 29, with six of the seven runs unearned.

Junior Heath Goin suffered the loss in game one Saturday as the Eagles continued their downward defensive spiral, committing eight errors, compared to none by Crook County.

The Cowboys tallied 13 hits to go with 13 runs in game one, and committed no errors. Goin held the Cowboys to two runs through four innings, but got into trouble in the fifth, when Crook County scored 11 to break the game open.

HRV scored one run in the second and one in the fourth, and appeared to be on the cusp of breaking the recent losing streak. But the defensive miscues piled up for the third straight game.

Game two also had its share of defensive troubles, but the Eagles were behind early, and the six errors were less of a factor in the outcome. Crook County scored six runs in the first and two each in the third and fourth innings for a 10-2 lead.

HRV, which had 10 hits in game two, scored four runs in the top of the seventh, but it was too little too late.

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