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Tualatin baseball team keeps rolling with win over Canby

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The Timberwolves will play at McNary in a state playoff opener Monday

DAN BROOD - Kaden Cook and his Tualatin teammates will open the Class 6A state playoffs with a game at McNary on Monday.CANBY — The Tualatin High School baseball team made sure to gain plenty of momentum going into the Class 6A state playoffs.

The Timberwolves did that by picking up their fourth straight win in Three Rivers League play, running to a 10-3 win over Canby in a league finale played Friday at Canby High School.

With the victory, the Timberwolves finished TRL play at 12-5 (13-10 overall), putting them in a tie with Tigard for second place in the final league standings.

Tualatin, the No. 17 team in the final OSAA power rankings, will open the state playoffs on Monday, when they face McNary in a game to be played at McNary High School. McNary, the No. 5 team out of the Greater Valley Conference, and the No. 16 team in the OSAA power rankings, is 13-11 on the season. The teams met back on April 29 in a non-league game, with McNary getting a 13-7 win on its home field.

Junior Cole Kinman helped lead the Tualatin offensive attack in the win at Canby on Friday. He went 2 for 4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Junior Chris Freese went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Juniors Kaden Cook and Ryan Webb each drove in a pair of runs. Freshman Blake Jackson had a hit and scored twice. Sophomore Kyle Dernedde had a double and scored a run.

Juniors Danny Shell and Colby Jackson pitched the Wolves to the victory. They combined to give up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking none.

Tualatin, if it wins at McNary on Monday, will advance to Wednesday's second round of the state playoffs, and either will play at West Linn, or host a yet-to-be determined opponent.