It was a hot and cold week for the Newberg 16-U summer baseball team, which got the bats going in a 12-9 home win over Scappoose June 21, but struggled mightily in a pair of shutout losses to Sunset and Camas.
Weston Vaughn got things going for the Tigers with a two-run single in the bottom of the second inning against Scappoose, with Ben Zatterberg following up with a single of his own to make it 4-0.
Scappoose answered back with three runs in the top of the third and tied the contest 4-4 with a single run in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers put another four spot on the board in the bottom of the fourth to make it 8-4. That included a two-run triple by Brandon Takahashi, an RBI double by Quinten Comus and a bases-loaded walk by Ethan Guidry.
Newberg scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, both on wild pitches, and another two in the sixth to make it 12-5, but had to survive a wild seventh inning.
Scappoose hit four consecutive singles to cut the lead to 12-7 and an error later allowed a runner to reach safely and bring two more runs home, but the batter was eventually tagged out at second to end the game.
Vaughn, Zatterberg and Takahashi finished with two RBI and Comus earned the victory after three innings of relief.
The Tigers mustered two hits on offense and committed four errors in a 10-0 loss in five innings at Sunset June 22 and things weren't much better when Newberg faced Camas at Sunset a day later. The Papermakers put up six runs in the first and 10 more in the second to cruise to a 16-0 win, also in five innings.
The Tigers (7-9) will look to turn things around Thursday when they will travel to play McMinnville at 5:30 p.m., with a trip to West Linn also on tap at 7:15 p.m. Friday night.