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Tualatin jumps out quick in 15-0 win over Tigard

by: DAN BROOD - GOT HIM -- Tualatin junior shortstop Tanner Marsh pops up and starts to head to the dugout after tagging out Tigard's Bruin Campbell on a pickoff play in Tuesday's clash between the rivals. TUALATIN — For the Tualatin High School baseball team, it was an amazing start to a crucial conference series with its rival.

For the Tigard High School baseball team, it was, well, a game to just wipe away.

In other words, it was all Timberwolves in the opening game of the rivals’ series, as they rolled to a 15-0 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference game played Tuesday at Tualatin High School.

“Everyone showed up from the first at-bat to the last at-bat,” said Tualatin senior center fielder Cooper Brunner, who had three hits, including a triple, in the win. “This was intense, but also fun.”

“Every single game is big to us,” said Tualatin senior Brandon Shroyer, who had a pair of doubles.

“We’ve got a new focus,” added Tualatin junior Karter Cook, who started on the mound and pitched six shutout innings.

With the impressive win, Tualatin improved to 11-2 in Pacific Conference play (17-3-1 overall), keeping the Wolves in first place in the conference standings, one game ahead of second-place McMinnville.

“We’ve been waiting for that,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said of the Wolves’ astounding performance in Tuesday’s game. “I think we’ve been in a lull all league season. It’s good to see them back to where they were earlier in the season.”

With the setback, Tigard moved to 7-6 in conference games (10-11 overall), putting the Tigers in a tie with Glencoe for third place in the conference standings.

by: DAN BROOD - THE DELIVERY -- Tualatin junior Karter Cook fires in a first-inning pitch in Tuesday's game. “We completely want to forget this one and move on,” said Tigard senior second baseman Bruin Campbell, who had two of the Tigers’ five hits. “All loses count the same, but it stings a little more against Tualatin.”

The Timberwolves possibly gained some focus on Monday, when former Sunset High School standout, and Major Leaguer, Brady Clark spoke to the team.

“He told us that we need to play every game like there’s no tomorrow,” Brunner said. “I took that to heart. I think we all did.”

If so, it showed early on, as the Wolves struck for five runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Tualatin senior Joey Fishback ignited the big inning with a leadoff single to right field. Fishback then stole second and, after senior Jake Gellos drew a walk, he scored on Brunner’s single to right to give Tualatin a quick 1-0 lead.

The Wolves, getting a single by junior designated hitter Trevor Riese, pushing a run across on a double steal and taking advantage of two Tigard errors, plated four more runs in the frame to grab an early 5-0 advantage.

“We wanted to jump on them early and set the tone,” Shroyer said. “We focused on starting strong.”

“It’s nice having that kind of run support,” Cook said. “That took the pressure off.”

Tualatin got another run in the second inning. Fishback led off with an infield single. He stole both second and third base and then scored on a groundout by Brunner to up the lead to 6-0.

The Wolves would go on to all but put the game away by scoring eight times in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brunner singled to left field to lead off the big inning. He stole second base and then scored on Shroyer’s double to center field.

That was just the start of things.

by: DAN BROOD - THE STRETCH -- Tualatin junior first baseman Jacob Bennett (right) reaches high to grab the ball right before Tigard's Brady McGetrick gets to the base in Tuesday's game. Shroyer would score on an infield single by Riese, who would eventually score on a Tigard error to make the score 9-0.

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Gellos belted a bases-clearing double to up the margin to 12-0. Brunner then tripled in pinch-runner Jackson Schleicher and Shroyer followed with his second RBI double of the frame, capping off the big inning and pushing the Tualatin lead to 14-0.

The Wolves scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Bryce Haskin drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a Tigard error to make the final score 15-0.

“This felt really good,” Brunner said. “Last week, after we lost to Century (6-4 on April 30), we all told ourselves that we wanted to have a great season, and we had to treat every game like it was a playoff game. We did that today.”

Tualatin, as a team, pounded out 11 hits in the win.

Brunner went 3 for 4 at the plate with a triple, a stolen base, two runs scored and three RBIs. Shroyer went 2 for 4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs.

“That felt good,” Shroyer said. “I made some adjustments.”

Also for the Wolves, Fishback went 2 for 3 with three stolen bases and three runs scored, and Riese went 2 for 2 with two stolen bases, two runs scored and two RBIs.

by: DAN BROOD - SAFE SLIDE -- Tualatin senior Cooper Brunner (right) is able to slide safely home before Tigard junior catcher Jarod Gogal can get over and make the tag in Tuesday's game.Cook, in his six innings of pitching duties, gave up no runs on four hits while striking out three and walking one.

“I think we were all energized today,” Cook said.

Tigard did have some scoring opportunities in the contest.

Campbell doubled to lead off the top of the first inning. In the third, Campbell and senior Shane Rasor had back-to-back singles with two outs in the frame. The Tigers got singles from senior Ray Barlow in the fifth inning, and from junior Jarod Gogal in the seventh. But Tigard wasn’t able to take advantage of those opportunities.

by: DAN BROOD - FOLLOW THROUGH -- Tigard senior Bruin Campbell takes a big cut during Tuesday's game at Tualatin.“Tualatin had a good pitcher today,” Campbell said. “We put the ball in play, but things didn’t go our way. They made the plays and we didn’t. But we’ll be ready for them tomorrow.”

The teams were slated to play the second game of their series Wednesday at Tigard High School. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The rivals are scheduled to finish their three-game series Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Tualatin High School.

On Tuesday, Tualatin will play at McMinnville and Tigard will travel to Newberg for opening games of two-game series. On Wednesday, the Wolves will host McMinnville and Tigard will be home to play Newberg.

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