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Battling for league posture

HRV softball, baseball take on TDW in conference action

Hood River Valley’s baseball and softball rivalry with The Dalles Wahtonka continued for the third game in as many days at home Tuesday afternoon. Both HRV teams traveled to TDW for a double header Saturday that resulted in a 1-1 split for the girls and two hard-fought losses for the boys.

CRC girls’ standings:

Pendleton: 8-1 league, 9-4 overall, ranked 5A No. 1

Hermiston: 5-4 league, 12-11 overall, ranked 5A No. 10

Hood River: 3-6 league, 13-7 overall, ranked 5A No. 5

The Dalles: 2-7 league, 11-11 overall, ranked 5A No. 12

Last home game: May 10 vs. TDW

Tuesday’s action saw the varsity softball squad claim revenge over a 4-1 loss in the previous game with a 5-0 shutout. The win puts the Eagles at 13-7 overall and 3-6 in league play, good enough for third place in the Columbia River Conference behind No. 1 ranked Pendleton and Hermiston.

The HRV boys struggled to match TDW’s hitting total and came up short in a 6-2 loss; the third straight against the CRC’s top team. The loss puts the Eagles at 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the league.

CRC boys’ standings:

The Dalles: 8-1 league, 17-5 overall, ranked 5A No. 3

Hermiston: 5-4 league, 12-6 overall, ranked 5A No. 7

Hood River: 3-6 league, 10-12 overall, ranked 5A No. 11

Pendleton: 2-7 league, 10-12 overall, ranked 5A No. 14

Last home game: May 10 vs. TDW

Both HRV teams went on the road Friday – softball to Pendleton and baseball to Hermiston – but results were not available as of press time.

As has been the theme all season, pitcher Kayla Byers led the HRV girls defensively with 11 strikeouts, while offensively the girls had eight hits and only three strikeouts at bat. Kelsey Wells, Sydney McHale, Byers, Hannah Williams, Jessica DeHart, Erika Enriquez and Tabitha Merten all had hits.

With Connor Olson on the mound, the HRV boys faced a hard-hitting No. 3 ranked TDW squad that scored on in the second, three in the third and two more in the fifth. Nick Weekly homered in the second and Kyle Beam tripled and scored off sacrifice fly by Weekly to put HRV’s two runs on the board.

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