Sunset HS hands HRV fourth loss in 5 games

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Hood River Valley baseball team completed a ho-hum Spring Break trip Friday with a 5-1 loss to Sunset High School of Portland.

The Eagles managed just one basehit on the afternoon (junior Heath Goin), and committed five errors, which led to four of the five runs being unearned.

Goin, the Eagles’ No. 1 pitcher, threw five solid innings and gave up just one earned run, while senior third baseman Ryan Pratt finished off the game with a scoreless sixth inning.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 1-4 on their seven-day Arizona tour, and 2-5 on the young season.

“If our pitchers can hold a team to five runs, we should win the ballgame,” said coach Gerry Flink, whose club took Sunday and Monday off before returning to practice Tuesday.

“The timely hitting just didn’t come through for us this game the way it did against The Dalles a couple weeks ago. We just need someone to step in and be the big gun on offense, and it hasn’t happened yet,” he said.

Goin also had the Eagles’ only basehit in a March 24 loss to Eagle H.S. of Idaho. However, Flink said that despite some lapses in production over the first seven games, his team is focused on winning as many games as it can in the Intermountain Conference.

“Our goal right now is to start the league season with two wins against Summit,” Flink said. “That’s the number-one thing right now: Getting ready for the conference opener.”

HRV hosts Gladstone on Friday at 4 p.m., and then travels to La Salle on Monday. They host Dallas on April 10, and then travel to Bend on April 12 to face Summit.

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