Photo by Ben Mitchell
HRV SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL teams had no problem with The Dalles during their league finales Friday in Hood River. Above, Makena Zeller drives a The Dalles pitch into the dirt during the softball game.
The HRV softball and baseball teams capped regular-season action last Friday by creaming their Columbia River Conference rivals, The Dalles, in Hood River. The baseball team defeated the Riverhawks 11-1 and the softball team won 13-3; both games were ended early due to the 10-run mercy rule, with the girls stopping at the bottom of the fifth and the boys stopping at the bottom of the sixth.
The girls (15-10, 9-3 CRC) finished the season in second in the CRC, just behind Pendleton, and are ranked as the fifth-best team in 5A softball. They will host No. 20 Milwaukie (11-13, 8-9 Northwest Oregon Conference) Friday at 4:30 p.m. in a play-in game to decide which club makes it into the 16-team state tournament bracket. They will also travel to Silverton Wednesday (16-7, 14-4 Mid-Willamette Conference) for a nonleague game in order to stay sharp before Friday’s matchup.
The boys (18-7, 10-2) finished in first and locked up the CRC weeks ago, which means they are guaranteed a first-round home game May 24 at a time and against an opponent that have yet to be determined. They ended the season at No. 6 in the state. They will host 6A Jesuit (13-13, 9-7 Metro League) Wednesday as a prep game for the playoffs.
HRV softball 13, The Dalles 3
The HRV softball team overcame a rough start to Friday’s game, during which they gave up three runs to The Dalles (3-21, 2-10) in the top of the first. The Eagles stormed back, answering with two runs in the bottom of the second and 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a defensive collapse by the Riverhawks marked by wild pitches, bases-loaded walks, passed balls, and errors. It was the most runs in a single inning by the Eagles this season, although The Dalles ultimately outhit HRV 6-5, as the Eagles got most of their production by exploiting their opponent’s mistakes.
Haylee Baker (1-for-1, single, two RBIs, stolen base), Lauren Decker (1-for-2, single), Makena Zeller (1-for-3, single, two RBIs), Kaylin Winans (1-for-2, home run, two RBIs), and Makenzie Chambers (1-for-2, single) all had hits for HRV. Lizzy Weekly and Emilie Ellifritz had an RBI each, and Grace Miller had two.
Per usual, Hannah McNerney handled things on the mound giving up six hits, no earned runs, no walks, and striking out 10.
HRV baseball 11, The Dalles 1
The boys never trailed in their game with The Dalles, opening up a 5-0 lead on the Riverhawks after three innings, and outhitting The Dalles 10-5 in total. Connor Coerper (2-for-3, single, double, four RBIs, stolen base) and Isaiah Enriquez (2-for-3, singles, RBI) both had multi-hit days for the Eagles, followed by Caden Leiblein (1-for-2, single, RBI), Casey Ward (1-for-3, double, two RBIs), Jacob Smith (1-for-1, double, stolen base), Morgan Williams (1-for-1 single), Adam Cameron (1-for-3, triple, RBI), and Chet Frasier (1-for-1, single, RBI).
Enriquez threw all six innings for the Eagles, giving up five hits, one walk, and no earned runs, while striking out five.