News staff writer
June 7, 2006
Hood River’s 11-12 year-old traveling baseball team played in Prineville’s Bafaro High Desert Classic over Memorial Day weekend. The team, with the help of manager Jeff Kopecky and coaches Mark Beam, Pat Hunter and Chris Walker, went 5-0 overall against other traveling teams from the state to win the tournament.
On Saturday, the boys defeated Bend Storm 5-4 and North Eugene 10-4. Against the Storm, Lucio Alaniz and Cody Walker combined pitching duties, while Alaniz was a terror at the plate hitting two home runs. Hood River’s winning run, in extra innings, came when Brett Peldyak doubled and scored Luke Kopecky.
Against North Eugene, Cade Scroggins, Alaniz and Peldyak worked the mound, while a home run by Justin Schultz and a two-for-two performance by Tucker Sheppard helped spur the team’s offense.
The first game on Sunday showcased a strong and overpowering Eagle team as they beat down the Tice Titans 15-3. Kopecky pitched 4-plus strong innings on the mound, while hits from Kyle Beam, Riley Gilbert, Cole Hunter and another hom run by Alaniz easily secured the win.
The Eagles’ afternoon game with the Crater Comets proved to be the most exciting and competitive of the weekend. The final score ended 7-6, with the game getting called after five innings due to the time limit. The Eagles were down 5-0 but rallied back with four runs in the third which was capped off by Tory Schmidt’s double. The score was 6-4 going into the 5th when Beam hit a three-run homer to take the lead.
Monday’s final game against the Warm Springs Lil’ Bucks went with ease for the Eagles, who finished ahead 16-2. The boys combined pitching duties between Scroggins, Peldyak, Schultz and Beam, while their offense came alive early with hits from Ryan Colesar, Peldyak, Alaniz, Walker, Hunter and one more long ball each from Beam and Schultz.