Thursday, August 4, 2005
By DAVE LEDER
News staff writer
HOOD RIVER — Just when it appeared that the Hood River Valley baseball team had hit rock bottom, the Eagles put together their most complete game of the season in game two of a Saturday doubleheader with Mountain View.
After a profanity-laced tirade by senior Bryan Nishimoto forced the Eagles to forfeit game one, they came within two outs of winning their first game of the season in game two.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Peldyak staked the Eagles to a 4-1 lead through five innings, while Rob Kloster helped HRV maintain a three-run advantage with two outs to go in the seventh.
But a defensive miscue allowed the inning to continue, and the Cougars knotted the game at 4-4 before going on to win 10-4 in 11 innings.
“We had the game won if we had covered first base,” said coach Jeff Lahti, whose team fell to 0-9 overall (0-3 Intermountain Conference). “That gave Mountain View a chance, and they took advantage.”
The Cougars followed the oversight with a basehit, while the HRV defense committed two errors to keep the inning going. A single and a two-RBI double tied the score, but Lahti was still proud of his team’s resilience.
“Under the circumstances, I thought we played as well as we could have in game two,” said Lahti, who added that he had “no choice” but to dismiss Nishimoto from the team for the remainder of the season after his game-one altercation with an umpire.
“Jordan (Peldyak) pitched a heck of a game, and he has become our most reliable pitcher. Robby also did an awesome job, and I’m proud of these guys for playing through to the end.”
Lahti said that despite his team’s 0-9 record, the players are still showing him that they want to be out there. And with the bats coming around the way they have over the past three games (24 total hits), Lahti is hopeful that his Eagles can get over the hump before long.
“Mountain View is 3-0 in league and I honestly believe we could have won both games against them,” he said.
“There are some other teams we will face that we should be competitive with, as long as we get solid pitching and hit the ball like we have.”
HRV played one such team, Hermiston, on Tuesday (results NA), and will visit another in The Dalles-Wahtonka on April 19. On the schedule this Saturday is a road double-header against Bend.
“We’re not that far away from where we need to be,” Lahti said. “The bats are coming alive and we’re cutting down on our errors.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
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