Eagle baseball team still seeking 1st win


News staff writer

April 16

HERMISTON — The Hood River Valley baseball team put together its second consecutive solid effort on Tuesday at Hermiston, but the end result was the same, as the Eagles fell to 0-4 in the Intermountain Conference with an 8-5 loss to the Bulldogs.

Hermiston’s five-run third inning made it difficult for HRV to catch up, but despite falling behind 6-1, the young Eagles still put forth a valiant effort to keep the game close.

Junior Spencer Munos delivered a two-RBI single in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4. Senior Brian Stenberg drove home a run in the sixth to bring HRV within one, but the Bulldogs (2-2 IMC) tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth to close them out.

“We were all pretty into it,” Stenberg said. “We had a chance to win the game and played with a lot of heart and energy. Even though we are 0-10, we’re still alive and kickin’.”

Junior pitcher Colby Richards went the distance to post his best outing of the season, while the HRV offense banged out 11 hits. With the Eagles’ offense showing signs of life the past four games, coach Jeff Lahti remains optimistic.

“It’s not over yet,” Lahti said. “The way things have been going in this league, six or seven wins might get a team to the playoffs. This weekend in Bend is going to be huge for us, and it would be great to see us find the win column.”

The players also believe, saying that all areas of their game have been steadily improving.

“We’re starting to hit the ball a lot better, and our defense has been solid every game,” said freshman Shay Huskey.

Stenberg agreed, saying: “Everyone is doing their part. The hitting is what’s been missing, and now that we have figured that out, it’s more fun.”

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