The Horizon Christian and Hood River Valley baseball teams came out of the weekend showing they could play with the big boys of Oregon baseball.
Hosting defending state champ Stanfield-Echo in a Saturday doubleheader the Hawks blew out the Tigers 8-2 behind a solid pitching for performance from Sam Anthony.
The Hawks missed the chance for a sweep in a see-saw second game. Stanfield-Echo took advantage of several Horizon errors to stay in the game, and the won the game with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh with the Tigers playing as the home side.
“We really should have won both games,” said Horizon coach Joe Petshow.
The split gave the Hawks their first league win, and they now sit at 1-4 in league play, 6-6 overall.
The Hawks briefly step out of league play this week with a game at Horizon Christian of Tualatin on Tuesday and then play at Rainier today before starting the stretch run with a league doubleheader at Pilot Rock this weekend.
Their next home game will be May 1 against Dufur.
n The No. 4-ranked HRV baseball made the trip to Pendleton Friday to take on the No. 2 Buckaroos in the league opener for both teams.
After spotting Pendleton a 2-0 lead after one inning and a 6-3 lead after two, the Eagles stormed back to get a 9-7 victory.
After Pendleton knocked around HRV starter Lucio Alaniz in for 11 hits and six runs in four innings, Cody Walker walked a tightrope in relief to get the win. He struck out Lathan Alger with the bases loaded to preserve the victory.
After giving the Bucks two runs in the first, the Eagles answered with three of their own in the second on a double by Ryan Colesar, single by Julian Bridgeman and a double by Walker.
The Bucks, though, answered right back with four runs in the second. The Eagles came back with two third to pull within a run.
Both pitching staffs settled down over the ensuing innings before the Eagles broke through in the sixth.
Two runs were scored on a Kyle Beam double, while Nick Weekly and Luke Kopecky each drove in runs with singles to give the Eagles a three run lead. That margin held up, but just barely.
With the bases full of Bucks and two outs, Walker was able to get Alger swinging to end the game.
The win pushed HRV to 1-0 in league, 8-4 overall while Pendleton went to 0-1 in league, 9-4 overall.
The Eagles were traveling back to Pendleton Tuesday for the second game in the series before hosting the Bucks in a doubleheader Saturday at Traner Field.
n The HRV softball team didn’t have as much luck in Pendleton. The No. 4 ranked Buckaroos knocked off the No. 11 ranked Eagles 9-2.
The Eagles led 1-0 after the first inning on a Megan Winans solo home run, but things went awry in the second for HRV.
The Buckaroos led off the inning with a Rayne Spencer home run and then added four more runs in the inning. The Eagles got a home run by Hallie Curtis leading off the third, but did not score again as Pendleton played add-on.
The Eagles were heading back to Pendleton Tuesday and then host the Buckaroos for a Saturday doubleheader at Westside Elementary.