%A CRC Standings
5A CRC Standings
Team Overall Lg.
TDW 16-5 7-1
Hermiston 11-6 4-4
HRV 10-11 3-5
Pendleton 10-11 2-6
Team Overall Lg.
Pendleton 18-4 7-1
Hermiston 12-10 5-3
HRV 12-7 2-6
TDW 11-10 2-6
Still stinging from a 3-0 opening-game loss to Hood River Valley, The Dalles Wahtonka got a two-run home run from all-state catcher Katherine Kramer and Carley Gowdy tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Eagle Indians to a 4-1 victory and the Columbia River Conference softball split Saturday in The Dalles.
“It was a good all-around win,” said TDW coach Steve Garrett. “The girls were pumped up to get that second game.”
Instead of just a five-hit effort in the first game, the Tribe rattled off 12 hits, including a Katie Helyer double and RBI singles by Hannah Harris and Melanie Taphouse.
Morgan Triperinas and Morgan Goslin also added hits to their stat line.
Kramer’s round tripper in the fourth inning gave TDW its first lead of the day, and the Eagle Indians capped their scoring with a single run in the sixth.
Gowdy left with a two-run lead in the sixth inning and then Morgan Triperinas held Hood River off the board for the final two outs of the frame to keep the cushion in place.
Taphouse blanked HRV in the seventh inning to grab the save.
Garrett said Saturday’s nightcap is the type of win they need – seven innings of grind out softball – he said the team is starting to get it.
“For us to get 12 hits is phenomenal,” Garrett added. “I am really happy about that. We know we can score. If we can get the type of pitching we are capable of, we can beat anybody. Carley got it going. She looked good out there.”
In the opener, Hood River scored three runs in the top of the third inning and starting pitcher Kayla Byers made it stand up with a complete game in the Eagles’ 3-0 shutout win.
Byers added a two-out, two-run double to left center field chasing in Erika Enriquez and Made Vallejo and she later scored on a single by Kelsey Wells.
Up by those three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Byers withstood her biggest challenge.
Kella DeHart and Kramer hit back-to-back singles to start the frame.
One out later, Helyer reached safely on an error to load the bases.
However, the Hood River righty struck out the next batter and induced an inning-ending groundout to preserve the shutout.
Byers scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out eight. The right-hander stranded six runners overall and retired eight in a row to close the game.
“We know The Dalles has a great offense, so for Kayla to do that for us, was great,” said Hood River coach Eric Keller. “She really had a great performance. She made the right pitches when she needed to.”
TDW (11-10 overall, 2-6 league) is in Hood River today and heads to Hermiston at 4:30 p.m. Friday.