Photo by Ben Mitchell
OFFENSE was hard to come by for the HRV baseball and softball teams this weekend. Lauren Decker scored the only runs for HRV softball.
As of Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The HRV varsity baseball and softball teams couldn’t get much going offensively in their first away games of the season, with the baseball team (1-2) losing 9-1 to the Wilsonville Wildcats (3-0) Friday evening and the softball team (1-2) dropping their Saturday contest against the 6A Sam Barlow Bruins (2-0), played at Sandy High, by a score of 11-1.
The softball team was scheduled to play at Sandy (0-2) Tuesday (results not available at press time), then return home Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. game against 6A Reynolds (3-0). The baseball team was scheduled to host Sandy (1-1) Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. (results not available at press time), then travel to Reynolds (0-1) late Thursday afternoon.
A two-run double in the first inning was all the Wildcats needed to defeat the Eagles, but Wilsonville added another seven runs and outhit HRV 10-5 to deal the team their second loss in a row. The Wildcats added another three runs in the second on a bases-loaded walk and a two-run double, but the Eagles spoiled the shutout thanks to Isaiah Enriquez, (1-for-2, single) who took advantage of defensive breakdowns by Wilsonville, rounding the bases on a wild pitch and a passed ball, before scoring on another wild pitch.
Other hitters included Caden Leiblein (1-for-3, single), JJ Mears (1-for-3, single), Lucas Viuhkola (1-for-1, single), and Adam Cameron (1-for-3, single). Greyson Losee started for HRV and was charged with a loss, giving up six hits, four walks, and five earned runs over two innings, but striking out four batters. Leiblein pitched the next two innings, surrendering a hit and two walks while striking out two. Enriquez closed out the game with three hits, three walks, and two earned runs with three strikeouts.
Like the boys, the girls scored their only run on a wild pitch, with Lauren Decker getting HRV on the board in the first inning. But the Eagles’ early lead evaporated thanks to a three-run effort by the Bruins.
HRV’s offense had its most lackluster showing of the season thus far, managing just two hits, courtesy of Hannah McNerney (1-for-1, single) and Makena Zeller (1-for-3, single). As troubling as the lack of hits was, HRV’s problems primarily stemmed from the team’s nine errors, with the Bruins scoring on three of those.
Barlow added two runs in the third, and five runs in the fourth before putting the Eagles out of their misery in the bottom of the sixth on a ground-ball single that invoked the mercy rule.
HRV’s bullpen struggled to find an answer for Barlow’s batters. Decker started the game and tossed three innings that yielded seven hits, one ball, four earned runs, two strikeouts, and the loss. Kaylin Winans finished the game, surrendering five hits and an earned run.