Maddy Bradford threw another complete-game gem, but Hood River Valley pitcher Hannah McNerney made the right pitches and the defense stood strong with several highlight-reel plays to help the Eagles hold on for a 2-1 Columbia River Conference softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.
“We hit the heck out of the ball, just right at people and five outstanding defensive plays by HRV,” said TD head coach Steve Garrett.
Grace Helyer was robbed twice on top plays, and the Hawks were turned away after a two-out triple by Kathryn Bradford in the third inning, Kathryn Bradford was left in scoring position in the fifth, and both Maddy Bradford and Sierra Watson had back-to-back, one-out singles go by the wayside in the sixth frame.
Facing Hood River Valley’s McNerney in the bottom of the seventh inning, down 2-1, TD had the bottom of the order coming up looking for a rally.
Kailin Hoylman, pinch-hitting for Alyssa Donnell, ripped a shot 190-feet away, but HRV centerfielder Lauren Decker snagged the hard liner for the first out.
Emma Weir was up next and she battled McNerney for a seven-pitch at-bat. On a 2-2 count, she then roped a shot to right centerfield, but Makena Zeller made an over-the-shoulder leaping catch to erase a potential extra-base hit for the second out.
Kathryn Bradford represented the final chance for the Hawks, and she fell behind in the count 0-2 after two foul balls. On the 0-2 pitch, the sophomore hit a low drive to left centerfield, but Haylee Baker, on a dead sprint, made an ankle-high catch to end the game.
Kathryn Bradford went 2 for 4 with a triple and a stolen base, Maddy Bradford had a hit and a walk, Jodi Thomasian added a 1 for 3 split with a run scored and a stolen base, and Weir went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Watson and Helyer notched a hit each for TD’s seven-hit attack, but the team stranded six runners, three in scoring positon, and also had a runner caught stealing third base in the fifth.
Hood River (10-12 overall, 3-6 league) scored an unearned run in the third inning to go ahead 1-0 and padded its lead in the fourth frame after a two-out walk to Laney Erickson, a single to center by No. 9 hitter Lauren Decker and then an RBI single by Baker.
TD evened the score at 1-apiece in the fifth frame on Weir’s RBI to plate Thomasian.
Bradford allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks for the loss.
McNerney struck out four and walked one in her complete-game effort.
TD (15-8, 4-5), ranked No. 10 in the 5A class, hosts No. 12 Hermiston (13-10, 4-5) for a league matchup at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Five errors seal TD’s 9-1 defeat
Hood River Valley won for the 12th time in the past 13 games, as it pounded out 11 hits, took advantage of five errors, four walks and two hit batters to score a 9-1 win over The Dalles Tuesday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.
The Eagles led 2-0 through two and a half innings, but The Dalles got a leadoff single by Daniel Peters and a one-out RBI single to left by Colin Noonan to make it a 2-1 score.
From the third inning on, however, the Hawks managed two hits and a walk on Hood River pitching.
No. 4-ranked HRV (18-4 overall, 8-1 league) added two runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and then scored three unearned runs on three Riverhawk errors in the sixth to swell the lead to 8-1.
Patrick Harvey capped the scoring with an RBI single to left to score Skyler Hunter in the seventh.
Boston Bate was saddled with the loss. In five innings pitched, the senior allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits, two strikeouts and three walks.
Noonan was 2 for 3 with a stolen base, and Colton Walker, Dawson Hoffman and Peters had hits. Kellen Mathisen was issued a walk, Peters scored a run and Noonan notched an RBI.
TD (8-13 overall, 2-7 league) remains tied for third place in league, and will next host No. 12-ranked Hermiston (13-8, 6-3) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.