Bucks best both HRV diamond squads

April 21, 2012

The rain washed away any chance of the HRV baseball team improving to 2-0 in league season. Now they'll have to wait until today to try and get a leg up on Pendleton in the early standings of the Columbia River Conference league season.

The Buckaroos knocked off the Eagles 4-2 in a rain-shortened 4½-inning affair in Pendleton Tuesday to even both teams' league mark at 1-1.

Pendleton led after a first-inning solo home run, but the Eagles tied the game up in the third on a Lucio Alaniz sacrifice fly.

Pendleton then took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tommy Lane led off with a solo shot against Ty Bofferding, and Chaz Madsen followed three batters later with a two-run double.

The Eagles appeared poised for a big inning in the fifth after loading the bases with no outs. They got a run when Gabi Nuño walked against Tyler Stewart, but Stewart was able to retire the Eagles with no further damage before the game was called at the end of the HRV at bat.

The HRV softball team missed a chance to even its record to 1-1 as Pendleton used a seventh-inning rally to top the Eagles 8-7.

HRV had fallen behind 5-0 before exploding for five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to lead 7-5.

They couldn't hold the lead though as Pendleton got three runs in the bottom of the inning to get the win.

The first five Pendleton batters in the seventh reached base on two walks, a single, a double and an error to tie the game.

HRV managed to get a force-out at home for the first out, but on the next play, Rayne Spencer beat Natalya Ames' throw to the plate on a groundball to score the winning run.

The Eagles had previously gotten a rally of their own. After HRV scored one run on a Amanda McCafferty single in the sixth inning, Megan Winans parked a two-out pitch over the fence for a grand slam to tie the game.

They took the lead in the top of the seventh on an error and a single by Erika Enriquez.

Both HRV teams will host doubleheaders against Pendleton today.

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