JBO Eagles champs at home tournament


News staff writer

June 28, 2006

The Hood River Eagles’ Junior Baseball of Oregon Senior (under 14) Federal team hosted its first ever JBO tournament over the weekend. With temperatures at the Hood River Valley High School baseball fields hovering near 100 degrees, the Eagles won their opening two games Saturday and another on Sunday to land in the championship game against the Southridge Skyhawks. After scoring three runs in the first inning of the finals, the Eagles battled to a 10-3 win to take the tournament win out of the eight teams in attendance.

“The tournament was a complete team effort,” said Coach Mychal Lucas. “Everyone contributed to every game and all of the players had at least one hit. We had some absolutely outstanding pitching performances by Logan Haack, Raul Munoz, Dalton Frazier, Tyler McCrea and Juan Mendiola. The tournament MVP award went to Dalton Frazier, who went 5 for 14 at the plate and was amazing in the field.”

The Eagles started the tournament with an 8-5 win over the Westview Wildcats and a 9-6 win over the Beaverton Beavers on Saturday, showing the rest of the field that the small-town boys were not to be underestimated. The semi-final game Sunday morning went again in favor of the Eagles. With solid pitching and defense and some outstanding catches from the field, the boys held their opponents to 18 runs in the tournament, which was the least number of runs scored against any team in attendance. Frazier and Brandon Nelson had highlight diving catches from the outfield. Behind the plate, catcher Taylor Sanders had four superb games, despite wearing hot black gear in the high heat.

Strong pitching proved to be an asset for the Eagles. In their semi-final game Sunday against Rockwood, Logan Haack allowed only one run in six innings from the mound. In the finals, Mediola held Southridge to only three runs in seven innings against a hard-hitting lineup.

The Hood River boys also had a strong offensive showing, tallying 36 runs in four games. Timely hitting by Haack, Mendiola, Brent Goe, Tyler McCrea, Sam Kopecky and Ryan Combelic accounted for many of the team’s runs, rallies and RBI’s.

After the final game, tournament awards were given to standout players. Two of the Eagles were awarded: Tournament MVP went to Frazier and the Mr. Hustle award went to Sanders.

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