Saturday, May 12, 2012
Horizon Christian’s doubleheader baseball sweep Saturday against visiting Irrigon featured timely hitting, clutch pitching, small ball, long ball and web gems. It also included seven Hawk errors in the opening game and a number of baserunning miscues throughout both contests.
The end result for Horizon was two league wins, which clinched a spot for the Hawks in next week’s district playoffs.
Horizon used a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind to win a wild opener, 11-10. In the second game, right-hander Jake Wells threw a four-hitter and Mitch Engel homered twice during the Hawks’ 12-3 victory at Collins Field.
Horizon has non-league games Tuesday (vs. Umatilla) and Wednesday (at Hood River Valley freshmen) before completing its regular season on the road Friday at Heppner. A sweep Friday, and the right combination of wins and losses among the other Distirct 6 teams, could move Horizon from fourth to second place in the final standings.
Horizon led 5-0 after one inning of the first game, and 7-1 after two. But the Hawks’ bats fell silent and its defense fell apart, enabling the Knights to take a 10-8 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Wells delivered a two-RBI single to tie the game and in the seventh, Jeff Wilkins squeezed home Micah Engel from third for the winning run.
Max Totaro earned the pitching win with two shutout innings of relief. The third baseman made a number of defensive gems in the second game, including a great catch of a sinking line drive. An inning later he made a diving stab of a hard-hit ground ball to his left, scrambled to his feet and threw out the baserunner by a step.
Engel led Horizon’s 16-hit attack in the second game, with two home runs. Brother Micah and Sam Anthony added three hits apiece in that game.
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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