Friday, May 3, 2013
Hood River Valley’s baseball and softball rivalry with The Dalles Wahtonka continued for the third game in as many days at home Tuesday afternoon. Both HRV teams traveled to TDW for a double header Saturday that resulted in a 1-1 split for the girls and two hard-fought losses for the boys.
CRC girls’ standings:
Pendleton: 8-1 league, 9-4 overall, ranked 5A No. 1
Hermiston: 5-4 league, 12-11 overall, ranked 5A No. 10
Hood River: 3-6 league, 13-7 overall, ranked 5A No. 5
The Dalles: 2-7 league, 11-11 overall, ranked 5A No. 12
Last home game: May 10 vs. TDW
Tuesday’s action saw the varsity softball squad claim revenge over a 4-1 loss in the previous game with a 5-0 shutout. The win puts the Eagles at 13-7 overall and 3-6 in league play, good enough for third place in the Columbia River Conference behind No. 1 ranked Pendleton and Hermiston.
The HRV boys struggled to match TDW’s hitting total and came up short in a 6-2 loss; the third straight against the CRC’s top team. The loss puts the Eagles at 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the league.
CRC boys’ standings:
The Dalles: 8-1 league, 17-5 overall, ranked 5A No. 3
Hermiston: 5-4 league, 12-6 overall, ranked 5A No. 7
Hood River: 3-6 league, 10-12 overall, ranked 5A No. 11
Pendleton: 2-7 league, 10-12 overall, ranked 5A No. 14
Last home game: May 10 vs. TDW
Both HRV teams went on the road Friday – softball to Pendleton and baseball to Hermiston – but results were not available as of press time.
As has been the theme all season, pitcher Kayla Byers led the HRV girls defensively with 11 strikeouts, while offensively the girls had eight hits and only three strikeouts at bat. Kelsey Wells, Sydney McHale, Byers, Hannah Williams, Jessica DeHart, Erika Enriquez and Tabitha Merten all had hits.
With Connor Olson on the mound, the HRV boys faced a hard-hitting No. 3 ranked TDW squad that scored on in the second, three in the third and two more in the fifth. Nick Weekly homered in the second and Kyle Beam tripled and scored off sacrifice fly by Weekly to put HRV’s two runs on the board.
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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