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The Tigers top Sherwood for their eighth straight league win

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior catcher Parker Kuntz (left) grabs for the ball as Sherwood junior Jacob Matzat slides to home plate during Tuesday's game. The Tigers won 5-2. TIGARD — Things sure seem to be going the Tigers' way.

And not even a bit of a slow start, an early deficit or even a hard-hitting Sherwood squad could slow them down.

The Tigard High School baseball looks like its not going to let anything stand in its way.

The Tigers picked up their eighth-straight victory by rallying to get a 5-2 win over the Bowmen in a the first game of a three-game Three Rivers League series played Tuesday at Tigard High School.

"We're on a roll," said Tigard senior Taylor Ott, who picked up a complete-game pitching victory in Tuesday's game. "We're feeling strong and confident. We're all feeling great."

"It went really well," Tigard sophomore CJ Rivers said of the win. "Taylor pitched really well, and we had some offense. We had some good hitting throughout the lineup."

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior pitcher Taylor Ott throws over to first base during the Tigers' win over Sherwood.With the victory, the Tigers improved to 11-4 in TRL play (18-6 overall), keeping them alone in second place in the league standings, trailing only 14-1 West Linn.

"We're all behind each other," said Rivers, who had two hits, including a double, in the win over Sherwood. "Our pitchers are doing great, and everyone is hitting the ball well."

"I've been with these guys since I was little," Ott said. "We've been working for this. We want to get to the state championship."

With the setback, Sherwood moved to 8-7 in TRL games (13-10 overall), keeping the Bowmen in fifth place in the league standings.

"It was pretty good," Sherwood sophomore shortstop Anthony Garrett said of Tuesday's game. "But you can't make big mistakes in big games that you need to win, and we needed to win this one."

Tigard took an early lead in Tuesday's game, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning, doing all of its damage in the frame after there were two outs and the bases empty.

Senior Brett Thomas got things going for the Tigers with a two-out single to center field. Thomas then moved to second base on a wild pitch and then he stole third base. Thomas then scored on a single by senior Conner Wojahn, giving Tigard a 1-0 lead.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior first baseman Kevin Skurdahl knocks the ball down before making a play during the Bowmen's game with Tigard.The Bowmen rallied to take a lead in the top of the third inning.

Garrett, leading off the frame, was hit by a pitch. Garrett then moved to second on a Tigard error on a pickoff play, and then he moved to third on a single by senior Andrew Edmunds.

Garrett ended up being thrown out by Tigard in a rundown following a pickoff play, but the Bowmen bounced right back. Sherwood junior Matzat doubled to right field, driving in Edmunds to tie the score at 1-1.

Then, after Bowmen senior Harrison Grow was hit by a pitch, Sherwood junior Bryce Vaughn laced a single to center field, plating Matzat, giving the Bowmen a 2-1 lead.

Tigard answered back in its half of the third inning.

Rivers got things going with a one-out single to center field. Senior Jack Chabreck followed with an opposite-field double down the right-field line, with Rivers moving to third base on the hit.

Rivers then scored on a wild pitch, tying the game at 2-2. But the Tigers didn't stop there.

Ott followed with a single to center field, with Chabreck scoring on the play. Thomas then doubled to left field, plating Ott to give Tigard a 4-2 advantage.

The Tigers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tigard senior Parker Kuntz, leading off the frame, was hit by a pitch. Then, after Kuntz moved to second base on a wild pitch, Rivers doubled to left field, driving in Kuntz to up the margin to 5-2.

DAN BROOD - Tigard High School senior first baseman Connor Wojahn (left) grabs for the ball as Sherwood sophomore Anthony Garrett dives back to first base on a pickoff play during Tuesday's game. The Bowmen, continuing to try and battle back, got a single by Edmunds to lead off the sixth inning, a two-out single by senior Dawson Abiley in the top of the sixth, and then a leadoff double by Garrett in the top of the seventh. But Sherwood couldn't take advantage of any of those opportunities, leaving Tigard with the 5-2 win.

"This feels good. I love it," Ott said. "They're a good hitting team, and I struggled a bit at the beginning. I just had to battle through it, and I ended up where I wanted to be."

In seven innings of work on the mound, Ott gave up two runs on nine hits, while striking out five and walking one.

The Tigers, as a team, had eight base hits in the win. Thomas went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Rivers went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

"It was alright," Rivers said modestly. "I grounded out two times to the shortstop, and I could have done more with those. But I'm just working hard to earn a spot."

Ott and Wojahn each drove in a run for the Tigers. Kuntz, Chabreck and Ott each scored a run.

For Sherwood, Garrett went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Abiley also went 2 for 3. Matzat and Vaughn each went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Matzat also scored a run, as did Edmunds.

Sherwood pitchers Riley Aggson and John Sandilands combined to strike out two batters, and walk three, in six innings of work.

"It was the three runs they got in the third inning," Garrett said. "They had a few timely hits, and found some holes, and we weren't able to do that."

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Bowmen were edged 2-0 by Lakeridge in a game played Friday at Lakeridge High School. Sandilands and Grow pitched for the Bowmen in that game, combining to strike out seven and walk one.

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior Parker Kuntz (left) gets to first base as Sherwood senior Harrison Grow goes up to get the ball during Tuesday's game.Tigard, on Friday, bested Newberg 9-3 in a league game played at Newberg High School. Kuntz went 2 for 4 at the plate in that win, with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Hunter Hughes went 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Rivers doubled and drove in three.

Thomas got the complete-game pitching victory, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out eight and walking three.

On Monday, the Tigers downed Grants Pass 9-6 in a non-league game played at Tigard High School. Tiger junior Nick Heinke went 2 for 2 at the plate with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Thomas went 2 for 4 with a run scored an and RBI.

Tigard and Sherwood were scheduled to play the second game of their three-game series Wednesday at Sherwood High School. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

The teams will finish the series, and their Three Rivers League schedule, Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Tigard.