HRV softball eludes upset with 1-0 win over Hermiston

game changer: Erika Enriquez bumps knuckles with assistan coach Gabe Judah after hitting a clutch RBI single to left field to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in their win over Hermiston.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
game changer: Erika Enriquez bumps knuckles with assistan coach Gabe Judah after hitting a clutch RBI single to left field to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in their win over Hermiston.

Erika Enriquez saved the day Tuesday with a fifth-inning RBI single to drive in the only run of the game in the Hood River Valley Eagles’ narrow 1-0 home victory over Hermiston. The win was vital for the Eagles, who share the Columbia River Conference’s top position with Pendleton and needed to win their next two games to keep that standing and maintain the state’s 5A No. 2 ranking. The team traveled to The Dalles Friday in the final league game of the season (results unavailable as of press time) in what should pencil-out as an easy victory for the 19-5 Eagles.

Enriquez’s hit – the only of the day for HRV – drove in Jesse Karr, who got on base with a walk, reached second from a ground-out by Breanna Weekly and then sprinted home to beat the throw from Hermiston’s right fielder. Other than that brief run of excitement, the game was largely a pitchers dual, with Hood River’s notorious fast-baller Kayla Byers racking-up 14 strikeouts in seven innings while keeping Hermiston to two hits.

HRV’s low offensive numbers in the outing wasn’t for a lack of trying; the team only had six strikeouts in the game. The problem seemed to be hitting accuracy, and, to Hermiston’s credit, solid fielding by the opposition. The Eagles grounded-out eight times and flied-out four, meaning their issue wasn’t connecting with the ball, it was putting in the right place.

As a good lesson to never take a game for granted, Hermiston, currently at the bottom of the CRC with a 6-17 record and 5A No. 26 ranking, gave the Eagles a seventh-inning scare as they were looking to close out the game. With one out in the final frame, Kylee Andreason smashed a center field triple for the Bulldogs. The next two batters came out swinging; the first hit to center field, where Sidney McHale made the play in time to keep Andreason at third. The final out of the game came from Enriquez, who, to the great relief of Coach Erich Keller, caught a left field fly ball to seal the win.

At the same time HRV played in The Dalles Friday, Pendleton was at Hermiston for those two team’s final league game of the season (again, results not available as of presstime). Keller and the Eagles were rooting for Hermiston in that matchup; if the Bulldogs can pull off an upset it would give HRV the outright CRC title, assuming they win in The Dalles.

Hood river has a non-league game next week, Wednesday, at Hermiston against McLoughlin, but results of that won’t affect 5A rankings, which freeze on Monday. A play-in round for teams ranked 9-24 will be May 23, followed by the first round of the state tournament May 28, which Hood River is almost certain to play at home.

Latest stories

Latest video:

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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners