Wednesday, May 4, 2011
What was supposed to be a three-team race for the Columbia River Conference softball title is now a four-way battle royale.
After two demoralizing losses in Pendleton over the previous week, the Hood River Valley softball team returned the favor on the Buckaroos in a doubleheader sweep Saturday, winning 4-3 and 2-0.
"We had to come in and check ourselves and see what kind of team we really are," HRV coach Eric Keller said. "When we prepare great, good things are going to happen."
Coming into the game the Eagles were the ugly ducklings of the Columbia River Conference. Pendleton was ranked No. 1, and Hermiston and The Dalles-Wahtonka were ranked No. 3 and 4. HRV was ranked No. 19.
The Eagles are still ranked 10 spots lower than Pendleton, but in the standings all four teams are in a dead heat after the first week of conference play, with everyone at 2-2.
"There is no other word besides awesome," said HRV outfielder Erika Enriquez after the Eagles finished the sweep.
In the first game the Eagles got a run in the third to tie the game at one on a Hallie Curtis two-out single and then added three more in the fifth on back-to-back singles by Curtis and Annie Veatch.
"We hit so much more and so much better today," Curtis said.
Pendleton mounted a comeback on a two-run home run by Rayne Spencer in the top of the seventh, but HRV pitcher Kayla Byers induced a pair of pop-ups to end the game.
In the second game the Eagles got a run in the third on a Curtis base hit - the Eagles' only hit of the game, off Marissa Jones - and added another in the fourth on an error.
That would be more than enough for Byers. The freshman kept Pendleton baffled for most of the game after allowing a pair of singles to open the game. She went on to allow three hits the rest of the way and strike out seven to get the win.
"It's a big accomplishment, especially after last year," HRV catcher Logan Bailey said.
The Eagles were also efficient in their victories, clocking in the two games in roughly a combined two hours and 20 minutes.
"You have to celebrate a big sweep like this," Keller said. "I told them to celebrate tonight and enjoy the sunshine and to begin the preparation process Sunday and then Monday and Tuesday we are going to prepare well."
The Eagles face Hermiston at home today in the first step toward breaking the four-way tie in the league standings, and then head to Hermiston this weekend before hosting the Bulldogs again next Tuesday.
"We've got to put a streak together to put ourselves in position for some great playoff seeding," Keller said. "As long as we can keep winning and play good softball we'll do that."
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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