Tuesday’s 10-0 blowout can go on the books as a slugfest for the Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team. The Eagles, now 8-1, hosted the winless Mt. View Cougars of Bend in a dominating six-inning rout highlighted by nine strikeouts for pitcher Kayla Byers, three runs by Hallie Curtis, two hits each from Curtis, Byers and Amanda McCafferty and two RBI each from Hannah Williams and Breanna Weakly.

The win is the sixth straight for the Eagles, who have won all but one game this season in dominating fashion.

Byers speed and delivery on the mound gave the Cougars all kinds of trouble at bat, and she would have celebrated a perfect game if it weren’t for a single to center field in the fourth inning.

Offensively, the Eagles broke the game open early, scoring three runs in the first, four in the second and two in the ninth to crush any chance of a Cougar victory. A single run in the sixth sealed the deal for the girls, who will carry momentum from the win into a home doubleheader Saturday against the 3-4 Bend Bears. League play starts the following week with a doubleheader at Pendleton April 13 and another game against the same team at home April 16 (4:30 p.m. at Westside). Pendleton is currently ranked the No. 1 5A team in the state by the Oregon School Activities Assocition.

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