Oregon Class 5A Baseball Semi-Final
Hood River Valley 8, Crescent Valley 1: The Eagles scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as they reached the state championship game. Kellen Duffy’s two-run homer helped propel the Eagles to the big opening frame, and Duffy and Ryan Ward stroked back to back run-scoring doubles in the fourth inning to expand the lead to 8-0. Ward went the distance to pick up his second win of the state playoffs to go along with a save. The Eagles will meet Sandy in the 5A championship game on Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer (time TBA).
Oregon Class 5A Softball Semi-Final
Pendleton 3, Hood River Valley 2: Darian Lindsay’s two-out solo home run in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Buckaroos to the win at the Ballpark at Belmont. HRV had just scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jessie Karr led off with a double and scored on a wild pitch, then with two outs Made Vallejo reached on an error, and after Erika Enriquez singled her to second Vallejo scored on a throwing error. The Buckaroos took the lead on single runs in the second and fourth innings in large part due to errors, as HRV committed six defensive miscues in the game. Pendleton will meet Putnam in the state championship game at Corvallis on Saturday, while HRV finishes the season 22-7.
Several proposed legislative concepts aimed at balancing the needs of law enforcement to use citizens digital data for emergencies while protecting due process and privacy were the subject of a recent committee hearing in the Oregon Legislature. 59th District State Representative John Huffman has been a part of a bipartisan workgroup including an American Civil Liberties Union representative working on proposals for the 2015 Legislature. The workgroup was formed to develop a bill passed last year to restrict the ability of government agencies to use drones, and Huffman says they have moved on to other technologies. Potential bills discussed involved guidelines for use of automatic license plate readers and cell phone location data, smartphone and digital activity privacy, and creating a government surveillance oversight committee.
FISH Food Bank’s effort to build a new and expanded facility on Tucker Road just south of Hood River is getting closer to starting construction. Just over a million dollars has been raised, and now the question is whether the organization’s cost estimates of three years ago will hold up. Part of the committee working on the project, Dave Radley, says they are waiting on a design for the steel structure building, which will then go to their local engineer to design the concrete foundation. After that, it’s on to Hood River County for permits. The new facility will give FISH increased warehouse space with more room for clients to look for items they need, increase the organization’s ability to provide fresh food, and provide a classroom and demonstration kitchen to teach people how to better use the food they have.
A man found dead in the backyard of a Portland home over the weekend last resided in Bingen according to the Portland Police Bureau. The Columbian reports 31-year-old Chag Wang was found dead at a house on Southeast Lincoln Street in Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office is awaiting a toxicology report, and the Portland Police Bureau says it does not consider the case a homicide. There was no sign of violence. Police said they are not sure whether Wang was a transient at the time of his death. Anyone who might have information about the case is asked to call Portland Police Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319.
OSAA Class 5-A Baseball Quarter-final
Hood River Valley 5, Pendleton 4: A misplayed bunt resulted in two Eagle runs to tie the game and then Kam Walker drove in the winning run with a base hit as HRV came from behind in the sixth inning to win and go to the semi-finals for the first time since 1993. It was the first time the Eagles had beaten co-Columbia River Conference champion Pendleton in five tries this season. HRV will visit Crescent Valley of Corvallis in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
OSAA Class 5-A Softball Quarter-final
Hood River Valley 1, Willamette 0: Annie Veatch’s home run in the bottom of the fourth inning was the game’s only run, and sent the Eagles to the semi-finals for the first time since 1997. Kayla Byers pitched her second straight playoff shutout, preserving the win with a pair of strikeouts with a runner in scoring position in the seventh. Hood River Valley hosts Pendleton on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The two teams shared the Columbia River Conference title, and split four meetings, with the visiting team winning all four games.
Oregon Class 5-A First Round
Hood River Valley 5, Springfield 2: Kellen Duffy provided the winning margin with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, while Ryan Ward scattered six hits in a complete game performance on the mound to lead HRV to the victory over the third-ranked Millers and advance to the quarter-finals for the first time in two decades. The Eagles will visit Pendleton on Friday.
Oregon Class 2-A/1-A First Round
Dufur 8, Grant Union 7: The Rangers scored the tying and winning runs in the top of the seventh inning thanks to a Prospector error. Dufur will go to second-ranked Monroe for a quarter-final matchup on Friday.
Oregon Class 5-A First Round
Hood River Valley 8, Sherwood 0: Breanna Weekly hit a home run an drove in three runs, while Annie Veatch also registered three RBI’s with a double and a triple as number two HRV cruised to the win. They will host Willamette in a quarter-final game tomorrow.
Goldendale’s Bree Wanderscheid shot a 76 to take a two-shot lead over Elma’s Laura Keating heading into the final round of the Washington Class 1-A girls’ golf tournament at Lake Spanaway. Wanderscheid is looking for her third straight state title. In the boys’ 1-A tourney, the Timberwolves’ Mitch Anderson made the cut with an 83, trailing the leaders by ten.
The first Hood 2 River Relay Race will take place Saturday, starting at Mount Hood Meadows and ending at the Marina in Hood River. Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions says they have been thinking about this multi-sport event for a number of years, and with the completion of construction on Highway 35 it became possible. Sperry says competitors will go from alpine skiing to nordic, then onto mountain bikes and road bikes, followed by a run, and ending with kayaking followed by a 400 meter sprint. Many competitors will compete in teams as a relay, but some are planning to do all six events on their own. Sperry expects it will take between three-and-a-half to five hours for competitors to make their way from the mountain to the river.
White Salmon’s annual Spring Festival gets underway tomorrow and runs through Sunday, centered around Rhinegarten Park. There will be music and other entertainment, food, and exhibits all three days. The festival’s Amanda McDonald says there will be plenty of things for the entire family to do. Spring Fest opens at 3 p.m. Friday at Rhinegarten Park, and it will run all the way through Sunday. A complete schedule of events is on-line at whitesalmonspringfestival.com.
Continued improvement in the number of upriver spring Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River prompted fishery managers from Oregon and Washington to reopen the recreational fishing season above Bonneville Dam. Spring Chinook fishing will reopen above Bonneville Dam from Saturday through June 15 under rules adopted during a joint state hearing of fish and wildlife officials from the two states. The joint state action is based on a revised estimate of salmon returns issued Tuesday adjusting the expected return of upriver Chinook to 230,000 fish, up from the previous estimate of a minimum 224,000 upriver fish. The season will open to both boat and bank fishing from the Tower Island power lines approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam, upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, plus bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines. The bag limit is two fin-clipped adult salmonids per day, of which only one may be a Chinook. Up to five adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and shad may also be kept per permanent regulations.
A meeting involving representatives of a number of taxing districts in Wasco County will get together to discuss the potential impacts of a county-wide road district would have on property tax compression. The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence says it’s important to go over how any additional taxing authority would impact others in the area. Last week Wasco County Commissioners voted to begin the process that would create a road district, including public hearings that would eventually set up a ballot measure to send to voters. The meeting on compression will take place next Wednesday.