Early lead evaporates as Eagles fall to TDW

THE DALLES— Hood River Valley was as charged up as ever for Tuesday’s first-place showdown with The Dalles-Wahtonka, scoring three runs in the first inning to set the tone.

But the Eagle-Indians and star pitcher Sarah Clark promptly got those runs back in the bottom half of the inning, knotting the score at 3-3 before going on to defeat HRV, 6-4, at the 16th Street Ballpark.

“This was a typical game between us and The Dalles,” said HRV coach Phil Hukari. “It was intense, emotional and there was a lot at stake. The Dalles is a quality team with a very good offense and defense. They proved why they are likely the team to beat in the IMC this year.”

Clark started off shaky in the first inning, giving up basehits to Meghan Flem and Rochelle Friend, and a walk to Kayla Monahan. That set up sophomore third baseman Brianne Rowley, who delivered the biggest hit of her young varsity career: A three-run triple to right, which gave HRV a 3-0 lead.

Clark single-handedly got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first with her own RBI triple, while Katie Johns and Jayme McBride stroked RBI singles to tie the score at 3-3.

HRV pitcher Chelsey Elliott helped her cause in the top of the second, driving home Katie Flory from first base with yet another triple.

But TDW persevered, and eventually took a 5-4 lead on Lori Johns’ two-run homerun in the fifth inning. Also in the fifth, Clark delivered her second RBI of the game, driving home Ashlie Keimig to give herself some insurance.

“We just couldn’t stop their bats,” Hukari said of the Eagle-Indians’ seven-hit attack. “Every out was a hard out. They drove the ball well, made solid defensive plays and pitched us smart. We hope to have a different outcome when we host them in the last game of the season.”

With both teams at 6-1 in the Intermountain Conference, the league title could likely come down to a May 16 matchup at Westside Field. Redmond is also in the mix at 5-1, but many observers believe the league’s two strongest teams in 2005 reside in the Mid Columbia.

HRV (9-6 overall) has finished second in each of its two years in the IMC, while The Dalles is coming off a second-place state finish at the Class 3A level in 2004.

TDW (14-1 overall) didn’t help its cause last weekend, however, losing to a lackluster Mountain View squad, 2-1.

Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Eagles still played a strong overall game, picking up seven hits and committing just one error. Elliott and Rowley led the offense with two hits apiece, while Flem, Friend and Flory each had one.

Elliott continued pitch well, striking out seven, walking three and allowing five hits.

The Eagles will try to rebound today with a home doubleheader against fifth-place Summit. Game one starts at 2 p.m.

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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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