Sunset knocks Clackamas out of JBO Senior Federal tourney, 10-5
HILLSBORO -- Sunset pitcher Sam Taggart kept Clackamas' batters off balance through the first six innings, leading the Apollos to a 10-5 victory in consolation action at Saturday's JBO Senior Federal baseball state championship tournament at Ron Tonkin Field.
Taggart worked the first 6 1/3 innings and held Clackamas to one run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts, knocking the Cavaliers out of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.
In the seventh, Taggart surrendered a one-out walk to Anthony Redman and then hit Jackson Dorn with a pitch before giving way to reliever Clayton Burke.
After Clackamas' Trevor Wilson got hit by a pitch, the Cavaliers used Will Curran's RBI-single, an error by the Sunset left fielder, and Grant Edgerly's RBI-groundout to push home four runs and cut the Apollos lead to 10-5.
Jackson Shaw kept the rally going with a two-out triple to right, but the game ended on Conner Linn's groundout to shortstop.
"Today, we did not hit well," Clackamas coach Ryan Kline said. "I think we pressed a little bit and it took us awhile to get any energy going.
"These kids hit really, really well, but sometimes you want it too much. I think today they wanted it a lot, which is a good thing, but it can be hard to calm down in those situations when you're an eighth-grader."
Wilson, the Clackamas catcher and one of two seventh-graders on the team, was presented the tournament's individual sportsmanship award for the Cavaliers, who opened the tourney with a 5-0 win over Glencoe Thursday, then dropped an 18-6 decision to Grant in the quarterfinals Friday.
"As far as this group goes, they're phenomenal baseball players," Kline said. "I've never coached a group, one through 12, that is so coachable, listens as well, and loves playing with each other, ever.
"The end result is disappointing, but we were sixth in our league and a No. 3 seed coming in, and we ended up top six in the state, so that's a phenomenal job by these kids to just keep competing.
"That's what I loved about the group. I always asked them to believe, and when you're working with eighth-grade kids, they don't always believe. So for these players to just keep fighting and see what happens is pretty awesome."
Sunset's Jared Norman went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI-single, and Nick Molitor added three hits for the Apollos, who scored two runs in the first inning, three in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth.
CLACKAMAS 5, GLENCOE 0: Will Curran's three-run, inside-the-park home run capped a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Cavaliers past the Crimson Tide in Thursday's tournament opener.
Right-hander Jackson Dorn tossed a three-hitter with three walks and three strikeouts as the Cavaliers advanced to Friday's championship quarterfinals to face Grant, a 13-1 winner over Sprague Thursday.
Ethan Secor touched off Clackamas' seventh-inning rally when he hit a high chopper off home plate and beat relief pitcher Tristan Cooper's throw to first for an infield single -- only the second hit of the game for the Cavaliers.
Secor then stole second with Ashton MacClanathan at the plate, stole third with Caden Miller batting, and scored when the Glencoe catcher's throw on the second steal attempt ended up in left field.
Miller then walked, stole second, went to third on Anthony Redman's sacrifice bunt, and scored on another throwing error by Glencoe's catcher, which also allowed Redman to reach safely.
With two outs, Trevor Wilson singled to left and then Curren drove a pitch to the fence in straightaway center to push the Cavaliers' lead to 5-0.
Dorn retired the first two Glencoe batters in the seventh on a pop out to the pitcher and a fly out to right. He then surrendered a single to Caleb Sievers before getting Dylan Richards to bounce a grounder back to the mound for the game's final out.
GRANT 18, CLACKAMAS 6: The Generals scored three runs in each of the first three innings of Friday's second-round game, capitalizing on the inability of three Clackamas pitchers to locate the home plate umpire's strike zone consistently.
Grant had six hits, but the most significant damage came via 15 walks and six hit by pitches. The game was called after five innings.
The Generals put the game away in the fifth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on two hits, four walks, and three hit batters.
Trailing 6-0, the Cavaliers scored two runs in the third on Garrett Vass' RBI-single and Ethan Secor's RBI-double.
In the fourth, Clackamas added four runs on two walks and three hits, highlighted by Conner Linn's two-run double that scored Grant Egerly and Jackson Shaw.