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The Eagles led early and late against Hermiston Tuesday but couldn’t hold either time as Hermiston scored three-run fourth and sixth innings and went on to win 7-4.

The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Hermiston pitcher Paige Long, scoring two runs in the second inning on an error and an infield single by Erica Enrique and adding another run in the third on a double by Hannah Williams.

Hermiston came right back to it in the fourth. Long started the comeback with a two-run homer, and Mykel Liebe tied the game up with a double.

With the scored tied at 3-3 in the fifth the Eagles took the lead on a two-out single by Amanda McCafferty.

The lead also proved to be short-lived. Maloree Moss led of the sixth with a triple for Hermiston and was driven home on a single by Courtney Howard to tie the game.

One later Liebe crushed a Kayla Byers pitch over the right field fence for a two-run home run.

Hermiston added another run in the seventh. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs, but Byers and the Eagles were a strike away from getting out of the inning before Howard legged out an infield single on a two-strike pitch with a soft ground ball to second base to score a run.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 1-4 in league play, all but eliminating them for conference title contention. Pendleton currently leads the league at 4-1, and HRV would likely need to sweep its remaining seven games, have The Dalles-Wahtonka win its final three games against Pendleton, and then have Hermiston and Pendleton split their seven game series.

The Eagles are still on track to host a state play-in game, ranked No. 12 in the 5A rankings.

The HRV baseball team also had no luck against the Bulldogs. After spotting Hermiston a four-run lead in the first inning, the Eagles twice pulled within in a run, but could not get over the top as Hermiston won 9-5.

The Bulldogs took advantage of two walks and a hit batter by HRV starter Ty Bofferding and a pair of errors by the Eagle defense to score their four runs in the first.

The Eagles answered with three of their own in the bottom of the inning on a two-run triple by Lucio Alaniz and a sacrifice fly by Nick Weekly.

Both teams scored a run in the third before Hermiston started to pull away in the fourth. The Bulldogs took advantage of another HRV error to put the leadoff runner on before Camran Pollick hit a two-run home run.

Hermiston got another run when Nychal Gritz got on board on a hit by pitch and came around to score on a Larry Posada double.

The Eagles got a run in the fourth on a Cody Walker double but did not score again.

The win allowed Hermiston to move ahead of the Eagles in the league standings and dropped the Eagles to the No. 8 ranking among 5A teams.

Both HRV teams are in Hermiston this weekend for a doubleheader before closing out the series in Hood River Tuesday.

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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

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