Wednesday, April 4, 2012
How is the Hood River Valley pitching staff adjusting to life without its top pitcher from a year ago?
Just fine, thank you very much.
The Eagles turned a pair of strong pitching performances into wins against Gladstone and Reynolds.
On Saturday, Ty Bofferding scattered five hits over seven innings against Gladstone as HRV won 3-0.
On Monday Gabi Nuno held Reynolds scoreless for six innings and the Eagles won 4-2.
The two pitching gems helped avenge a rough outing for the entire team Friday, when Clackamas rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win 18-4.
On Saturday, Bofferding was brilliant. While the Eagle offense struggled with only four hits, and managed just one RBI as a team, the HRV junior baffled the Gladiators.
Bofferding struck out three, walked one and allowed only one runner to get as far as third base.
The Eagles got two of their runs in the third on a single by Cody Walker followed by a Gladstone error. They scored their other run in the fourth on a steal of home by Lucio Alaniz.
Nuno matched Bofferding with a performance nearly as good Monday against Reynolds.
Both teams struggled on offense, with Nuno forcing the Raiders to hit ground ball after ground ball - the majority of which were gobbled up by the Eagle infielders.
On the other side, Reynolds pitchers Luke Evans and Dru Martin kept the Eagles stifled until the fifth. HRV had threatened in the fourth, but Reynolds centerfielder Tom Albers made a diving grab of a Lucio Alaniz line drive to keep HRV off the board. In the fifth, the Eagles finally got a run across the hard way.
Bofferding led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Nuno then bunted, allowing Bofferding to reach third, while reaching safely himself on a fielding error on the pitcher. Cody Walker then grounded into a double play, allowing Bofferding to score from third.
Walker kept the Raiders from equalizing with a heads-up defensive play in the bottom of the inning. Brett Long reached on Nuno's first walk of the game. He reached second on a sacrifice bunt. When Scott Weidlich hit a sharp ground ball to the left of Walker, he took off for third. Walker quickly whirled and threw to Alaniz at third, and Alaniz got the tag down just in time for the out. The next hitter grounded to Alaniz to end the threat.
The Eagles got some insurance runs in the sixth.
The Eagles got singles by Beam, Ryan Colesar, Nick Weekly and Luke Kopecky in the bottom of the frame to plate a pair of runs. After Nuno walked, Walker then also drew a free pass with the bases loaded to force in a third run and chase Martin from the game.
Those runs would just barely hold up in the top of the seventh when Nuno gave up a run with two outs, before giving way to Alex Jimenez. Jimenez walked in a run before getting the final out for the save.
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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