Tualatin, after a big first inning, gets a 14-0 win

by: DAN BROOD - BOOM -- Tualatin senior Maddie Powelson gets her bat on the ball during the Wolves' win at Tigard.TIGARD — One base runner.

That's all that the Tualatin High School softball team seemed to need to get going.

And, once the Timberwolves got that base runner, there was no stopping them.

Tualatin, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning — all coming after there were two outs and no one on base — powered its way to a 14-0, five-inning win over rival Tigard in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Tigard High School.

“For us, if someone gets a hit, we always seem to pick up on it,” said Tualatin senior Shelby Doering, who was playing in her final game against the Tigers. “This was good for us.”

With the victory, Tualatin improved to 11-1 in Pacific Conference play (21-3 overall), keeping the Timberwolves a game behind Glencoe in the league standings to that point. The victory also set up a showdown with the Crimson Tide on Tuesday (see related story).

The youthful Tigard team moved to 4-8 in league play and to 6-16 on the season with the setback.

“We had too many mental errors,” Tigard freshman third baseman Kalyna Korok said. “We're your youg team, and we're still getting there. We'll learn from this and try and get better.”

Last Friday's game started off harmless enough, as Tualatin's first two batters were put down in order.

Doering, the Wolves' No. 3 batter, was then hit by a pitch. There it was — that one base runner.

Tualatin took off from there. Senior Ashlynn Schmitt reached base on a Tigard error, and then the Timberwolf hit parade started at that point.

by: DAN BROOD - IN ACTION -- Tualatin second second baseman Beth Fanger looks to make a throw to first base as Tigard freshman Ramsey Hare dives to the base.Senior Maddie Powelson singled, sophomore Nicole Miller singled, freshman Camryn Robbins doubled, sophomore Joslyn Gastiaburu singled, freshman Tanna Baggenstos reached on an error, freshman Caitlyn Sung singled, junior Beth Fanger singled and Doering singled.

That resulted in a 7-0 lead, with Doering, Schmitt, Powelson, Miller, Robbins, Gastiaburu and Baggenstos all scoring in the opening frame.

“We like to come out and kill it in the first inning,” Doering said.

Tualatin added two more runs in the top of the second inning. Miller and Robbins hit back-to-back singles with one out in the frame. Gastiaburu then laced a two-run double down the left-field line to up the lead to 9-0.

Fanger and Doering each scored in the top of the third inning to push the lead to 11-0.

In the fourth inning, Doering had an RBI single, driving in Baggenstos, who led off the frame with a single to center, and Schmitt and Powelson each drew bases loaded walks to push the lead to 14-0.

Meanwhile, Tualatin's pitching and defense were keeping the Tigers in check.

Sophomore Emily Sorem started in the pitching circle for the Wolves. She pitched two perfect innings, striking out four batters. Sophomore Alexa Kaplan pitched the final three frames for Tualatin. She allowed no runs on one hit while striking out one and walking none.

Tigard freshman Ramsey Hare ended the Wolves' perfect-game bid with a line drive single to left field to lead off the top of the fifth inning.

The Tigers' main highlight of the game came in the top of the fourth inning, where they turned a clutch double play.

With the bases loaded, Korok, playing at third base, fielded a hard grounder off the bat of Miller. She fired the ball to Hare, playing at catcher, who then, after tagging the plate, rifled a throw to Lyssa Rabideau at first base to complete the double play.

“I just got it and threw it,” Korok said. “I was prepared for it.”

Tualatin, as a team, had 14 hits in the victory.

Miller, Robbins, Gastiaburu, Fanger, Sund and Doering each had two of those hits.

“We always go all out,” Doering said, adding that the Wolves weren't about to look past Tigard and look ahead to Glencoe. “There's no let up.”

Tigard, on Tuesday, lost 9-8 in 10 innings at Newberg in a league contest.

The Tigers and Timberwolves each will finish league play today (Thursday). Tualatin will play at Newberg and Tigard will travel to Glencoe for 5 p.m. league finales. Tigard will likely play in a Class 6A state play-in game on Tuesday. The Tigers' opponent, game site and time have yet to be determined.

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