MADRAS — The 11-12 boys Hood River All Stars have made quite an impression at this week’s District 5 tournament, winning their first three games en route to a semifinal matchup with Bend South.
After Monday’s 29-1 win over Sisters, the All Stars hoped to cruise into Wednesday’s championship game with Deschutes.
Tuesday’s results were not available at press time, but if Hood River got past Bend South, they would play Deschutes today at 9 a.m.
Monday’s game was a shocker, even for the local kids. Jeremy Rowley socked three over-the-fence homeruns and recorded nine RBI’s in the first inning alone.
Tyler Williams also had a big first inning, going 4-4, while Junior Alaniz hit a two-run homerun. Hood River used four different pitchers to close out Sisters in four innings.
Before Monday’s mayhem, the All Stars had taken down Willow Creek (Heppner), 9-7, on Saturday, and Hermiston, 5-0 on Sunday.
Alaniz (pictured above) was the star in both games, hitting a grand slam homerun in game one and pitching a three-hit shutout in game two. He also helped his own cause in that game with two RBIs.
Other offensive highlights came from Rowley, who hit a two-run homerun in game one, and Alex Ing, who recorded an RBI basehit in game two.
Dylan Bauld pitched four strong innings against Willow Creek, and was backed up by outstanding defense by Taylor Gray, Taylor Sanders and Williams.
A complete district wrap-up of the 11-12 boys Hood River All Stars will appear in the July 19 edition.
Meanwhile, the 11-12 girls District 5 champions from Hood River have been playing at the state tournament in Klamath Falls.
After losing their first game, 1-0 in eight innings on Saturday, the girls bounced back to take the next two games on Sunday and Monday.
Powered by over-the-fence homeruns from Mireya Muñoz and Eryn Jacobson, Hood River defeated Centennial 10-2 on Sunday, before taking down Roseburg 5-2 on Monday.
The All Stars were scheduled to take on District 7 champ, Ambrose-Leslie, on Tuesday at 6 p.m.