Wednesday, May 18, 2011
It was the hardest a Hood River Valley softball player had hit a ball all night, driving in the winning run, and driving home the point the Hood River Valley softball team had its swagger back.
Hallie Curtis' ringing double off the centerfield fence in the fifth inning gave the Eagles 10-0 win in five innings over Milwaukie in a Round of 36 play-in game Tuesday afternoon in Hood River and got the Eagles within one win of the state playoffs.
"At the beginning of the game we emphasized coming out hard and not having as much to do at the end," said HRV first baseman Natalya Ames, who drove in three of the HRV runs.
The Eagles jumped all over Milwaukie pitcher Nicole Bugliari from the outset.
The Eagles got on the board with an Annie Veatch single in the first inning and never let up.
The Eagles took advantage of everything the Mustangs gave them, scoring three runs on sacrifice groundouts and three more on errors as they built up their lead.
"We got the runner on, got her over and then scored," HRV coach Eric Keller said.
HRV pitcher Kayla Byers did her part, shutting down the Milwaukie offense and allowing one hit and a walk while striking out five over five innings.
Ames drove in three of the Eagle runs with a single and a groundout while Hannah Williams, Annie Veatch and Curtis drove in one each.
The ten runs gave the Eagles 22 in two games after beating Mountain View 12-6 Monday and gave them some confidence after being swept by The Dalles-Wahtonka to end the season.
"After getting swept by the Dalles this definitely helps us go into the playoffs more even headed," Ames said. "We've worked hard to accomplish these things and everyone from the team has put in their work to get us here."
The Eagles play at Wilson Friday. The Trojans won the PIL regular season title, and is ranked No. 23 in the OSAA power rankings. HRV is ranked No. 13. Wilson finished the season 14-10 overall.
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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