Sports Briefs for May 18

HRV girls lax team to host playoff game Thursday

The HRV girls lax team didn’t know its quarterfinal round playoff opponent as of press time Tuesday morning, but it will either be Sherwood or Bend, with those two teams facing off in a first-round playoff game Tuesday evening. The Eagles, who finished the season with an 11-3 record and a second-place finish in the Portland League, enter the Navy bracket of the playoffs as a No. 2 seed. HRV has not played Sherwood (9-7, 6-6 Northwest Oregon Conference) nor Bend (11-4, 11-3 South League) at all this season. Whoever they play, the Eagles will be hosting a playoff game at the high school this Thursday, tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m., although HRV Head Coach Andrew McElderry said Monday that the time was not set in stone. Check the Hood River News Facebook page for updates.

Softball team closes out season with loss to The Dalles

Though they were eliminated from play-in contention with a loss to Hermiston May 9, the Eagles were looking to close out the season strong with a win at The Dalles Friday. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, with HRV dropping the game 6-3 to close out the season 10-15 overall and 3-9 against Columbia River Conference opponents — one win against each team. HRV finished with a No. 14 ranking in 5A. The Dalles scored first off a sac fly in the bottom of the first and then HRV tied it up with Hannah McNerney scoring on a grounder single hit by Janessa Castaneda in the top of the third. The Riverhawks had a string of hits and scored on an error to push the lead out 5-1 in the fifth. Lauren Decker answered the next inning with the team’s only non-single hit of the day: a triple that scored Emily Curtis. Decker then scored thanks to an error and then The Dalles returned the favor in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin. HRV had six errors to The Dalles’ two and seven hits to their eight. McNerney pitched a full game for HRV, giving up eight hits and an earned run while striking out four and walking two. McNerney led the team in runs scored this season (17) and pitched a team-leading 103 innings, during which she struck out 92 and had a 2.175 ERA. Zoe Munn led the team in just about every batting category including hits (42), RBI (19), batting average (.488), slugging percentage (.628), and on-base percentage (.511).

HRV baseball drops game, but not ranking in bizarre no-hitter with The Dalles

One bad inning prevented HRV from getting the season sweep over The Dalles on Friday, losing 6-3 while playing the Riverhawks on the road even though HRV pitched a no-hitter and had eight hits. HRV scored all six of its runs in an ugly second inning that featured scores on wild pitches and errors to make it 6-0. HRV responded in the top of the third with a three-run effort that kicked off with ground ball single by Dallas Buckley that plated Morgan Williams. Kellan Duffy rounded out scoring with a two-run double that sent Buckley and Skyler Hunter home. That’s all the Eagles could muster scoring-wise, although they had some opportunities in the fifth inning, including a bases-loaded situation. Chase Lariza started the game and lasted midway through the second inning, striking out one while giving up four walks and three unearned runs. Isaiah Enriquez finished the rest of the inning and the game off, striking out four while giving up four walks and no earned runs. The loss didn’t have any impact on HRV in the standings, with the Eagles having locked up the CRC title a week beforehand. Also, HRV maintained its No. 2 ranking, putting the team in a great position to host playoff games. The Eagles play 6A Jesuit in a nonleague pre-playoffs tune-up game on the road this Wednesday and then will host a to-be-determined opponent in the first round of the 5A state tournament May 25. Correction on HRV track story

In Saturday’s edition, we reported that the HRV girls team had placed second in the CRC championship meet last week. After press time, HRV Head Coach Donnie Herneisen made us aware Friday that there had been scoring errors on the stat sheets, and instead of the HRV girls losing to Pendleton by 3.5 points, they actually beat Pendleton by half a point, giving them a second-place finish. Also, the scoring change gave the boys team a four-point lead over second-place Hermiston, not three points as originally reported.

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