By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
July 19, 2006
Hood River’s Senior Federal Junior Baseball of Oregon team hosted the Tri-County District tournament this weekend at Traner Fields. The three-day tournament brought together the top nine of the district’s 15 teams to play for league titles and the chance to compete at the upcoming state tournament.
Despite outscoring their opponents 18 runs to three, the Hood River Eagles, who entered the tournament as the number seven seed, were knocked out of the double-elimination tournament in the third round, putting an end to their first season in the JBO league.
“The boys played real well,” said Assistant Coach Justin Frazier. “We really couldn’t have asked them to play any harder.”
The Eagles opened the tournament with a defensive battle against the eventual tournament winners, the Clark County Giants. After seven scoreless innings, the score was 0-0. In the first extra inning the Giants managed one run, which was enough to slip past the home team and advance to the semi-finals.
On Saturday the Eagles toasted the Clark County Heat 18-0 in five-innings to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Winning that game, however, put the boys in a do-or-die game against Sandy Saturday afternoon. Sandy scored a couple of early innings and won the game 2-0 to advance and eventually take second place in the tournament.
“It’s been a pretty long season and the boys played some awesome baseball,” Frazier said. “We finished at about .500 overall so we had a great year in a very competitive league.”
This season marked the first summer Hood River participated in an actual JBO league. In previous years Hood River had a couple of JBO traveling teams which played in various open tournaments. This season, however, three Hood River teams entered and competed in the Tri-County League.