Wednesday, April 13, 2011
At the start of the season, the Hood River Valley pitching staff looked something like this:
Lucio Alaniz went a long way toward filling in one of those blanks with a strong pitching performance against Aloha Tuesday afternoon.
Alaniz threw 5 1/3 shutout innings as the Eagles rolled to an 8-1 win.
"Today everything was working well. My two-seam and four-seam fastball and my curveball was all working really well," Alaniz said. "My mentality was just 'throw strikes, strikes, strikes.'"
Alaniz displayed pinpoint accuracy in the win, scattering seven hits, striking out three and not walking a batter until the final hitter he faced.
"He just hit his spots," HRV coach Erich Harjo said. "He's got a good sequence of pitches we like to use with him and it's not a surprise to us what he can do. When he gives you that look before a game and you know he's ready, that's a good sign."
He also got plenty of help from his offense, defense and some inexperienced Aloha base runners.
The Eagles got going offensively right from the start, with David Gibson driving in a pair of runs with a double in the first inning.
They got two more in the third on an Eric McNerney single and Parker Sherrell sacrifice fly.
In the top of the fifth, Aloha had runners at first and third with no one out, but Alaniz was able to get out of the inning on three pitches with the ball being hit.
Nick Christopherson reached on a base hit and Richard Belog then got aboard on an error. Joseph Romero attempted to lay down a bunt, but missed it.
HRV catcher Kyle Beam then threw out Christopherson, who was caught between second and third during the bunt attempt.
On the next pitch, Belog attempted to steal second, only to be gunned down by Beam.
"I needed a break right there," Alaniz said. "That was great from Kyle."
On his third pitch to Romero, Alaniz dropped in a curve ball for his third strikeout of the game to end the Aloha inning.
"When he's locating he can be really effective," said HRV pitching coach Gabe Judah.
"He's not working that hard out there, which is nice and he's able to mix speeds up very well."
In the bottom of the inning, HRV broke the game open on Sherrell's second and third RBI of the day when he ripped a pitch into the left centerfield gap. Ryan Combelic followed that with a double of his own to score another run.
On his way to the win Alaniz also displayed some nifty glove work, throwing out the lead runner at third base on a bunt attempt in the second, and then snaring two quick comebackers in the third.
Aloha loaded the bases on Cody Walker in the seventh inning and got a run on an infield single, but could not sustain the rally.
"Aloha's a scrappy ball club and they can play the game pretty good," Harjo said. "I feel like we beat a good team today."
The Eagles were hosting Summit Friday, Skyview Saturday and Union Monday
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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