Pendleton sweeps aside HRV baseball

April 27, 2011

The first 6 and 2/3 innings of the HRV baseball team's doubleheader against Pendleton Saturday was the kind of game that gets talked about at the post-season banquet.

The Eagles were tied with the top-ranked Buckaroos and matching them blow-for-blow.

Everything that happened after the first 6 2/3 innings ... will not be talked about at the post-season banquet.

Chaz Madsen delivered a two-out single in the sixth to score a pair of runs. They proved to be the game winners in a 4-2 win.

In the bottom of the seventh, HRV's Sam Lee led off with a double to deep center but was thrown out attempting to advance to third. That was the last threat the Eagles would mount in the two games.

In the second Pendleton blasted the Eagles in a 10-0 decision.

"In the second game we just quit," HRV coach Erich Harjo said. "We got down three and we acted like we were down 10."

Both of the HRV runs in the first game came on a second-inning home run by Parker Sherrell.

The Eagles fell to 0-4 in the league season with the sweep by Pendleton.

After being in two of their four games against the Buckaroos, Harjo said his team has to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself in games against tough opponents.

"You give this team an inch and it will take a mile," Harjo said of Pendleton. "They are so disciplined at the plate."

The Eagles are now tied with The Dalles-Wahtonka at 0-4 in the bottom of the league standings, while Hermiston and Pendleton are at the top at 4-0.

The Eagles host Hermiston in the first of a four-game set Wednesday before traveling to Hermiston for a doubleheader Saturday.

Winning at least two games is now critical for the Eagles if they want to get into the No. 2 spot and host a regional play-in game.

Harjo hopes that his team responds to the sweet at the hands of Pendleton awakens his team and gets them going against the Bulldogs.

"This team is dangerous when it's hungry," he said.

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