As of Monday morning, Hood River has three of its five Little League teams still alive midway through the District 5 all-star tournament at Juniper Hills Park in Madras.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is each remaining team has lost a game and will need to win to keep playing in the double-elimination tournament.
Three of the teams were scheduled to play Monday after the News’ early Fourth of July deadline.
n 11-12 Baseball
The 11-12 baseball team had Monday off after posting a 10-4 first-round win Saturday against defending champion Bend South, followed by a tough 1-0 loss Sunday against Hermiston.
Hood River struck early in the upset win against Bend South. JJ Mears led off with a double and scored two outs later on a Conner Coerper line-drive home run to centerfield. Hood River took advantage of two walks to go ahead 4-0 in the second and then added another run in the fourth on Dylan Peterson’s RBI single.
After Bend pulled within 5-2 in the top of the fifth, Hood River used some long ball to put the game away in the bottom half of the inning. Trevor Lariza hit a two-run homer and Bradley Moe added a three-run shot for a 10-2 advantage.
Bend scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to make the score final. Coerper was the winning pitcher, throwing the first four innings for Hood River.
Hermiston limited Hood River to three hits in Sunday’s game. Hood River pitchers Caden Leiblein and Lariza combined for a two-hitter, but one of those hits was an inside-the-park home run.
Hood River plays its next game at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The 11-12 baseball championship game is Saturday morning.
n 10-11 Baseball
Hood River won its opener Saturday 27-0 vs. Warm Springs in four innings. Trenton Hough led the offensive attack with three home runs. In Sunday’s second round, Hood River lost 5-1 to Bend North. The team then lost 8-0 Monday against Hermiston and was eliminated from the tournament.
n 9-10 Baseball
Hood River had a first-round bye on Saturday and lost 4-3 to host Jefferson County on Sunday evening. Hood River was scheduled to play at 2:45 p.m. Monday. The 9-10 baseball championship game is Saturday morning.
n 9-10 Softball
The Hood River 9-10 softball team opened district play Friday with a 7-3 win over Warm Springs. Hood River lost its Sunday second-round game 21-6 to Columbia/John Day and was scheduled to play at 8:30 a.m. Monday against Hermiston.
n 11-12 Softball
Hood River lost its first-round game 22-2 on Friday against Bend and was eliminated after a 20-9 loss Sunday to Crook County.