HRV boys baseball gets rivalry doubleheader sweep

May 11, 2011

The Hood River Valley baseball team had not had much luck in its league doubleheaders, but playing a The Dalles-Wahtonka team which appears stuck in a tailspin changed that Saturday.

The Eagles swept the Eagle-Indians at The Dalles winning 4-0 in the first game and 9-8 in the second.

The two HRV wins pushed their league record to 3-7 and dropped TDW to 1-9, all but assuring HRV third place in the final league standings.

The Dalles-Wahtonka recently forfeited all but one non-league win due to the use of an ineligible player, dropping its season record to 2-20 and 31st in the OSAA rankings.

Even if TDW were to win its final two against HRV, they would have to climb 14 spots in the rankings, the second tiebreaker for seeding after head-to-head competition, to top the Eagles.

Even with third place all but sown up, HRV coach Erich Harjo said the team does not intend to let up.

"We need to be like the Mavericks to the Lakers," he said referencing Dallas' recent sweep of L.A. in the NBA playoffs. "You've got to go out and bury them."

The Eagles got a complete game three-hit shutout from Parker Sherrell in the first game of the doubleheader. Sherrell helped his own cause at the plate by going two-for-four with two RBI.

Sherrell also provided the big blow in the second game, a two-out double in the seventh to plate the tying and winning runs.

Sherrell's double capped a back-and-forth affair that saw the Eagles get up 6-1 before TDW stormed back to take the lead with two runs in the fifth after scoring four in the second.

Cody Walker pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning to earn the save.

After two frustrating weeks, Harjo said he saw some good things in the two wins.

"We went through some adversity and showed we wanted it more," he said. "We are still growing as opposed to a tailspin which we could have easily done."

The Eagles were scheduled to host The Dalles Tuesday and Friday at Traner Field.

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