By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
July 22, 2006
The Hood River entry level Junior Baseball of Oregon team wrapped up its season last weekend. Following a 12-8 regular season, the team went 1-2 in district play in Rockwood, dropping the first two games before winning its consolation game to close out the tournament.
“The kids had fun,” Coach Bill Morrissey said. “It was a good experience.”
In the first game, Ramon Martinez put the Hood River team up 7-2 on a powerful North Portland squad with the team’s only out-of- the-park home run of the tournament. However, the North Portland team rallied to 12-9.
In game two Hood River fell in a hard-fought game with Mt. Hood, which Morrissey called the team’s best game of the year.
“We came up against two tough teams in the opening games,” Morrissey said.
In their final game, Hood River cracked the win column with a 13-7 win over Sandy.
Luke Tanner and Cory Morrissey both gave the team strong pitching performances, while Eli Braun gave them several sparkling defensive plays at second base.
While Martinez’s dinger was the only home run to make it out of the park, the team did hit several other home runs which rolled past the outfielders on the open field.
Morrissey said that his players enjoyed the season and the new aspects of the game that they got to take part in.
The entry level team is made up of players playing in what amounts to their first year of competitive baseball, where they could lead off and steal bases for the first time.
“We had good offense this year,” Morrissey said. “We had a good time.”