Tualatin beats Century 5-0 for fourth straight shutout

HILLSBORO — It's said that they can't win if they can't score.

And, as of late, the Tualatin High School baseball team isn't allowing anyone to score, and the Timberwolves are getting the victories to show for it.

Tualatin picked up its fourth-straight shutout victory on Tuesday, blanking Century 5-0 in a Pacific Conference game played at Hillsboro Ballpark.

“Our pitching has really stepped up,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “We've been playing some good baseball.”

With the win, Tualatin improved to 9-1 in Pacific Conference play (15-2-1 overall), putting the Wolves two games ahead of McMinnville, which is in second place at 7-3.

Junior Karter Cook picked up the shutout pitching win for Tualatin in Tuesday's victory over Century. He gave up just two hits while striking out 10 and walking none.

“Karter did what he's done all year,” Strachan said.

Senior Brandon Shroyer helped lead the offense, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Senior Cooper Brunner went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases. Sophomores Nathan Senger and Chase Anderson each had two hits and they combined for five stolen bases.

On Monday, Tualatin got a 1-0 win over Forest Grove in a game played at Forest Grove High School.

In that victory, Brunner got the shutout, giving up just one hit while striking out seven and walking none. The left-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning of that contest before giving up a one-out infield single. Brunner then turned a double play on the next Forest Grove hitter, meaning he faced just the minimum 21 batters.

“He was phenomenal,” Strachan said of Brunner. “That's the best he's pitched.”

On Saturday, the Wolves posted a 4-0 win over Forest Grove in a game played at Tualatin High School.

Junior Jacob Bennett turned in the shutout pitching performance in this win. He gave up two hits while striking out 14 batters. Bennett also drove in a pair of runs in the victory.

Senior Jake Gellos went 2 for 3 at the plate and Shroyer put down a key drag bunt for a hit.

The Wolves were scheduled to host Century in a conference game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when The Times went to press.

The teams will finish their three-game series Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Hillsboro Ballpark.

On Tuesday, the Wolves will open a three-game series with rival Tigard when they host the Tigers at 4:30 p.m. The teams will play Wednesday at Tigard High School and finish the series May 9 at Tualatin.

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