Monday, July 31, 2006
By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
July 19, 2006
Hood River’s Senior Federal Junior Baseball of Oregon team hosted the Tri-County District tournament this weekend at Traner Fields. The three-day tournament brought together the top nine of the district’s 15 teams to play for league titles and the chance to compete at the upcoming state tournament.
Despite outscoring their opponents 18 runs to three, the Hood River Eagles, who entered the tournament as the number seven seed, were knocked out of the double-elimination tournament in the third round, putting an end to their first season in the JBO league.
“The boys played real well,” said Assistant Coach Justin Frazier. “We really couldn’t have asked them to play any harder.”
The Eagles opened the tournament with a defensive battle against the eventual tournament winners, the Clark County Giants. After seven scoreless innings, the score was 0-0. In the first extra inning the Giants managed one run, which was enough to slip past the home team and advance to the semi-finals.
On Saturday the Eagles toasted the Clark County Heat 18-0 in five-innings to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Winning that game, however, put the boys in a do-or-die game against Sandy Saturday afternoon. Sandy scored a couple of early innings and won the game 2-0 to advance and eventually take second place in the tournament.
“It’s been a pretty long season and the boys played some awesome baseball,” Frazier said. “We finished at about .500 overall so we had a great year in a very competitive league.”
This season marked the first summer Hood River participated in an actual JBO league. In previous years Hood River had a couple of JBO traveling teams which played in various open tournaments. This season, however, three Hood River teams entered and competed in the Tri-County League.
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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