The weather was more suitable for football, or better yet, staying indoors in front of a warm fire, but the Hood River Valley baseball and softball teams opened their season anyway against a backdrop of biting wind and hail Tuesday afternoon.
With weather forecasts looking dismal for the rest of the week, the Eagle girls hosted Centennial on the JV softball field at Westside and the baseball team made Traner Field as playable as possible to also play Centennial.
The softball team opened with a dominating 13-3 win, while the baseball team got enough pitching and defense to dance out of a few trouble spots and beat Centennial 7-2.
The HRV softball team blew the game open in the third inning, when they batted around twice and scored eight runs.
Among the damage was a three-run home run by Hallie Curtis.
Playing on the JV field without a fence, the ball might have cleared the varsity fence if it had been on the main field. Instead the Centennial outfielders had to get a workout running down the ball as it just kept rolling.
Kayla Byers went the distance for the Eagles on the mound, and also picked up four hits and a pair of RBI in four trips to the plate.
During the decisive third inning, Natalya Ames also hit a two-run double.
At the high school, the Eagle baseball team poured down plenty of drying agent to get its game in against Centennial. The cost wound up being worth it as HRV quickly jumped out in front, getting three runs in the first inning on singles by Kyle Beam and Luke Kopecky.
Gabi Nuno, Alex Jimenez and Nick Weekly worked out of several jams, limiting Centennial to just three hits.
Nuno loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but worked out of it. Centennial went on to leave the bases loaded four times in the game.