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HR All-Stars represent, 11/12 boys take second

Photo by Adam Lapierre

Safe at second, U11/12 player Justin Schultz took out two of The Dalles players on his way to the bag. Below, Junior girls pitcher Shelby Van Ek pitches during her one-hitter against Redmond.

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

July 16, 2005

Hood River boys and girls All-Star teams competed last week in the season-end tournament, held this year in The Dalles (excluding the 14-year-old Babe Ruth team). Information for the following tournament summaries was provided by team coaches and managers.

9/10 Girls

In the 9/10 year-old girls’ first game, Hood River trounced Columbia in solid 14-1 victory. Their second game was harder fought, with Hood River coming through in the end for a narrow 9-8 win over Jefferson County.

In the third game Hood River faced Crook County in a tough 9-8 loss, finishing off pool-play. The girls played a great tournament, said their coaches.

Katie White hit a game-tying home run against Crook County; pitchers Amanda McCafferty and Hallie Curtis combined for 26 strikeouts in the 3 games; and behind the plate, catcher Katie Kloster played great defense in all three games. Top hitters were Annie Veatch, Curtis and McCafferty. For the second year in a row the 9/10 girls All-Star team was awarded the Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by the umpires.

11/12 Girls

The 11/12-year-old girls’ team opened their tournament play with two solid victories against tough teams, followed by a difficult loss against Hermiston to finish off their season.

In the first game, Hood River squeezed by Columbia in a slug-fest 17-16 victory. Haley Kelly had two hits and scored five runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth. Katie Wood pitched three-plus innings of relief, shutting out Columbia in the sixth inning. The girls rallied from a 9-2 deficit for the eventual win.

In game two, solid defense by the girls, combined with efficient hitting, led to the narrow victory over Jefferson County. Hood River led 6-2 going into the sixth inning, when Jefferson went on a streak to take the lead 9-6. The girls pulled through, however, scoring four runs in the bottom of the final inning to retake the lead and win the game. Mackenzie Hunter led the late rally, while Makenzie Bassham, Hunter, and Amber Edwards teamed up with tough defense. Hunter scored three runs and B.J. Douthit scored two.

In their final game, Hood River faced a difficult season-ending loss against Hermiston. Hood River had early errors that allowed Hermiston to score 11 runs in the first two innings: a lead too large to catch in the end.

Junior Girls

Hood River's Junior Girls lost two tough games in their All-Star appearance. The first, against Redmond, was a disappointing 10-7 finish, with Redmond making a comeback in the final inning off three hits and four errors. On the mound for Hood River in the first five innings was Shelby Vanek, who gave up only 1 run and 1 hit.

In their second game, Hood River challenged Columbia to a slugfest that ended with Hood River behind by a single run in the end. Columbia pulled ahead for the 13-12 victory. At bat, Mireya Munoz went three for four and Shelby Vanek, Samantha Bakurjian, Amy Hobbs and Tiffany Sullivan all were two for four. The girls played well, but Columbia took the lead to come up with the win.

9/10 Boys Blue

In their opening game of the tournament, the 9/10- year-old boys Blue All-Star team defeated Sisters 11-2. Offensively, Hood River dominated at the late. Cade Scroggins went 3-for-4 and Luke Kopecky went 2-for-4, with an out-of-the-park home run. At the plate Ryan Colesar, Travis Sanders, Kopecky, and Scroggins pitched in for solid defensive innings, with Kopecky striking out seven batters.

In their second game, Hood River took a tough 11-2 loss against Bend South. Blue struggled on offense and Bend’s solid hitting helped them pull away for the win. Hood River played a slump, committing six errors for Bend to take advantage of.

The team bounced back, however, winning their next game 13-2 over Jefferson County. In the game, Kyle Beam went 2-for-2 and Cole Hunter and Travis Sanders chipped in at bat as well. On the mound, Luke Kopecky dominated, helping hold Jefferson to only two runs, striking out nine batters and giving up only five hits. The game ended in the fourth inning due to the tournament’s 10-run mercy rule.

In game four of the tournament, Hood River faced The Dalles. After a tough series of events and lead changes, Hood River fell behind for the eventual 10-6 loss. The Dalles hammered in five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that sealed their victory. On offense, Ryan Colesar and Kyle Beam went 3-for-3 and Travis Sanders went 3-for-4. Skyller Smith pitched five solid innings, giving up only four hits.

9/10 Boys Gold

The 9/10-year-old boys team went two for three in tournament play.

In their first game they played to a sound 24-15 victory over Columbia. Hood River scored nine runs in the first inning, only to fall behind 13-11. They then scored 13 more runs in the final two innings to seal the victory. Jared Garwood, Chase Young, Parker Young and Austin Rabitowiz had two hits each. River Rudhe caught the last out of the game in a sliding grab at center field.

In game two, Hood River overwhelmed Willow Creek. Nick Miller pitched three strong innings, followed by Rudhe, who closed down the final two innings to propel Hood River Gold into the number one seat after pool play. The team was actually behind 6-1 after five innings. In their final chance, Gold scored 11 runs to take the lead and the surprise win.

Game three faced Hood River with North Bend. Hood River had tough opening innings, falling behind 9-0 after three. With a rally sparked by Alex Jiminez’s inside the park grand-slam, Gold scored five runs in the fourth inning to close in on Bend. On the mound, Jacob Wells and Chase Young held Bend’s solid hitting to only one run after the third inning.

11/12 Boys

The 11/12 year-old boys went 3-1 in pool play, beating Sisters 27-3, losing to Redmond 4-3, defeating La Pine 13-3, and defeating Jefferson County 3-1. After their win against Jefferson County, they qualified for the semifinal game against The Dalles. The boys came through in the semifinals with grand style, defeating The Dalles 13-5 to move into the tournament championship. In the semi’s, Hood River fell behind by two runs in the second inning. They came back in the bottom of the second with a rally sparked by a solo home run from Dalton Frazier. Justin Shultz then walked and scored on an Eric McNerney double, which tied the game. Cody Walker pitched in the top half of the third, shutting down The Dalles with two strike-outs. Hood River broke the game open in the bottom of third, scoring eight runs on key hitting from Parker Sherrell, Conner Warner, Cody Bott and Dalton Frazier. Hood River added another run in the 4th to win 13-5.

The championship game against Jefferson County became a battle for which team would advance to the state All-Star tournament. Prior to their 3-1 loss to Hood River in pool play, Jefferson County had not been beaten in three years.

Hood River struck first, scoring in the second when Austin Angle walked, then advanced to second on a past ball. Lucio Alaniz singled, moving Austin to third, where he eventually stole home for the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the third, Hood River made two great defensive plays, retiring Jefferson three-up three-down. Angle (catcher) fielded a bunt and threw off balance to first baseman Eric McNerney, who made a great scoop. The first pitch to the next hitter was hit hard between short and third. Walker made a great play in the hole, throwing the batter out from his knees.

An error, a walk, a hit, a past ball and two more errors in the fourth allowed Jefferson County to put four runs on the board, crushing Hood River’s dreams of the state tournament.

14-year-old Boys

Hood River’s 14-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars started the District-5 Tournament in strong fashion, beating David Douglas 10-0 in six innings and Gresham 7-5 in eight innings.

Junior Alaniz pitched the game against David Douglas, holding them to one infield hit and striking out seven. The offensive punch for Hood River was provided by John Merge, who went two for three with three runs scored, and Jimmy Gilkerson, who also went two for three with three RBI’s. Nick Delgado produced the game-winning hit with a two-RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth. Garrett Garvin also had an RBI double and scored two runs.

With their defeat against Gresham, the All-Stars move to the quarterfinal round of the District-5 tournament as the number one seed from the American Bracket. If they advance out of the quarterfinals, the team will play at Centennial on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m.

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