Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If the first two games of non-league play are indicative of the rest of the season, HRV baseball and softball fans should be ready for a wild ride this season.
The HRV softball team lost 4-1 in extra innings to Reynolds Wednesday, but then bounced back to clobber Gresham 10-0 in five innings Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Eagle baseball team clobbered Centennial 13-6 Wednesday and then played a crazy game against Gladstone Thursday.
The Eagles fell behind 7-0 in the fourth inning, scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning to tie, but then saw the pitching and defense fall apart with numerous walks and errors as Gladstone rallied to win 14-7.
At the softball diamond freshman Kayla Byers led the way for the Eagles. She pitched all eight innings against Reynolds Wednesday and then shut out Gresham Thursday while collecting six RBI on a bases-loaded double and a three-run home run.
"We got the jitters out," coach Eric Keller said of the win over Gresham. "Today we were relaxed and had a lot of chips fall our way."
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge