Kayla Byers struck out 12 and the Eagles allowed only one hit in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls softball team’s 10-1 thumping of Summit last Thursday.
The defensive effort was matched by an equally forceful offensive showing that ended with nine hits and a six-run sixth inning that broke the game open for the HRV girls. Byers and Hallie Curtis led the offensive push with two hits apiece, followed by Amanda McCafferty, Annie Veatch, Hannah Williams, Madelyn Vallejo and Breanna Weekly with one hit each.
Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Summit put one on the board to take the lead. In the fourth, Williams drove in Curtis and Tabitha Merten with a two-run single to left field that gave HRV a lead that it would build on the rest of the game. Byers also tallied two RBI later in the game while McCafferty, Curtis and Bailey were credited with one each.
A single run in the fifth gave HRV a 3-1 lead, followed by a six-run sixth inning that shut the door on any comeback chances Summit may have had. Summit is now 0-4 with the loss, while the Eagles, in the 5A Columbia River Conference with Hermiston, Pendleton and The Dalles-Wahtonka, are 3-1 and eighth in the latest Oregon School Activities Association 5A rankings.
Byers retired from the mound after six, handing over the close to Rose Baker. The team played games this week at the North Medford Spring Break Invitational (see the March 30 News for results) and return home April 2 against Mountain View (4 p.m. at Westside) and April 6 for a doubleheader against Bend (noon and 2 p.m. at Westside).
Summit High School didn’t stand much of a chance last week as it hosted the hard-hitting Hood River Valley varsity baseball team. The Eagles tallied 10 hits and no errors in the 8-3 win, which brought the team to 4-1 going into this week’s Coach Bob National Invitational spring break tournament in Arizona (see the March 30 News for results).
Alex Jiminez had a solid offensive showing with three RBI and two hits — including a triple in the second — while Luke Kopecky had two RBI and Nick Weekly had two hits to lead the Eagles at bat. After a scoreless first inning, HRV scored two in the second, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take the win. Summit answered with a single run in the third and two in the fourth but was unable to pose much threat after the fourth-inning damage done by HRV.
Defensively, the team gave up five hits and was led by Connor Olson and Ryan Ward on the mound. Olson threw six strikeouts in his three-plus innings while Ward finished his stretch with three strikeouts.
After this week’s tournament, the Eagles go on the road for games April 2 and 6 against Jesuit and Bend before returning home April 9 to host Redmond. League games start April 13 with a doubleheader at Pendleton.