Hawks split home doubleheader

The Horizon Hawks bounced back from a 5-3 first game loss with a 10-1 slugfest to split a home doubleheader against Western Mennonite of Salem Saturday at Collins Field. Playing in glorious spring conditions, the Hawks, now 2-1 in their nonleague schedule, managed five hits but left seven on base and suffered the fate of a couple badly timed errors in the first of the two games. The score was tied 3-3 going into the seventh, when Horizon allowed two runs to give the visiting Pioneers the win.

Micah Engel led the team at bat with two RBI, while Kirby Carter and Engle split time on the mound. Carter struck out five in his three and a third innings and Engel struck out eight as the closer. Meanwhile, Western’s pitcher Richard Monaco pitched a complete game, giving the Hawks trouble with his strong fastball and curve.

Game two was another story for the Hawks, who amassed eight hits and took full advantage of six WM errors in a 10-1 trouncing to end the day on a high note. Carter led the way at bat, hitting three of four and stealing five bases; Engel reached home three times, while Engel and Jared Bryan each scored twice. Freshman pitcher Ethan Evans started on the mound and followed with five strong innings in which he allowed one run and three hits while striking out five and walking none. Matt Tataro and Quinn Roetcisoender finished the game on the hill, both keeping the Pioneers to their sole first-inning run.

The Hawks played Santiam Christian Tuesday and return home March 31 to host Vernonia, 4:30 p.m. at Collins Field.

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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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