Wednesday, May 11, 2011
At the beginning of the season the Hood River Valley softball team was supposed to lose games like this.
A good pitcher on the mound, lots of base runners stranded, and the other team figuring out Kayla Byers' pitches. But the Eagles didn't fold.
The Eagles made a fifth-inning RBI single by Hallie Curtis stand up with some stout defense to take three of four from Hermiston with a 1-0 victory, and take sole possession of first place in the Columbia River Conference heading into the final series of the season.
Byers struck out only one Hermiston hitter, but the Bulldogs could not get any traction against the HRV defense.
The Eagles got some spectacular defense by third baseman Annie Veatch throughout the afternoon, and a strong throw by a ranging Hallie Curtis in the seventh to end the game.
The Bulldogs had a runner on second after an error on Curtis with one out in the inning, and Mykel Liebe hit a ball deep in the hole at short, but Curtis moved over, got set and made a strong throw to first to beat a hustling Liebe by an eyelash at first.
"I was just thinking I've got to get her or I'm going to be really upset," the freshman shortstop said.
The win sends the Eagles into a crucial four-game series with The Dalles-Wahtonka with a leg up on the rest of the competition. The Eagles have a one-game lead on the Eagle-Indians and could finish as high as first or even in last depending on how the final week of the season shakes out.
Their coach never doubted they could hold their own in a tough league.
"I knew we could compete," HRV Eric Keller said. "I knew we had the talent to compete and win."
Both teams left numerous runners on base, with Hermiston leaving five stranded and HRV leaving 10.
However, while the HRV defense kept Hermiston off the board, the Eagles were able to get a run across in the fourth of Meagan Galloway-Cooley.
Erika Enriquez slapped a one-out single, went to second on a Katie Wood walk and then was driven home when Curtis knocked a ball to the fence.
"We just put girls on base and kept the pressure on," Keller said.
With five wins in league play the Eagles are in first place heading into its final four games against No. 1-ranked archrival The Dalles-Wahtonka.
Playing a top-ranked team doesn't faze the Eagles. They beat Pendleton twice when the Buckaroos were ranked No. 1.
"We are just playing really well as a team," Enriquez said.
Two wins against TDW would give the Eagles no worse than a tie for first place at the end of the regular season.
That was not what was expected of a team widely picked to finish fourth in the league this year, but Keller said the Eagles are not finished turning expectations on their head.
"We're going for a league championship," Keller said. "It's exciting to go for a title against your rival."
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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