16-U Tigers take second at Hillsboro tourney
The Newberg 16-U summer baseball team finished off a pretty furiously-paced season over the weekend by placing second in the Hillsboro Tournament played at Ron Tonkin Stadium, which is home to the Hillsboro Hops.
Newberg High School coach Tyler Matlock said he was especially happy that the 16-U team was able to squeeze in 27 games this summer and thought the result Sunday was an excellent way to cap off the season.
"That's really great, especially since we haven't had summer ball in two years, to come back with that and really start to develop a mentality where they just go out and play every day," Matlock said. "I think it was really good."
The Tigers opened the week with a 7-6 victory over AIM July 13, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth to steal the victory in a back-and-forth affair.
Newberg (11-16) was not as sharp in a 13-4 loss to Kelso Saturday morning in the first game of the Hillsboro Tournament, but rebounded with a second win over AIM, this time by a score of 4-1.
The Tigers led that contest 2-1 going into the sixth inning, then scored on a balk and a got an RBI from Connor Hale to give itself a bigger cushion. Connor Nipp threw five innings to get the win and Kyler Erion didn't allow a hit and registered three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Newberg then avenged its loss to Kelso with a 7-1 victory Sunday morning that saw Micah Schauer and Jordan Atkinson collect two hits apiece. Atkinson also drove in two runs and Kohl Looney allowed three hits and one earned run in four and two-thirds innings on the mound.
The Tigers struggled defensively in the championship game versus Mid Valley Select, committing six errors, and also couldn't keep pace after Mid Valley collected 13 hits.
Matlock, who oversees the entire program, saw a lot of progress from the program's youngest players, but also said he was pleased that the group was able to enjoy some success this summer.
"To see the 16-U guys grow and develop and learn about the game more and how to win on a more consistent basis, I think that was invaluable to those guys," Matlock said.