Tigers rally past Wolves in final game of their series

by: DAN BROOD - TIGER PARTY -- The Tigard High School baseball team, including'senior Jake Biglow (center), celebrates after getting a 7-6 win over rival Tualatin in the teams' final game of their three-game series. TIGARD — It was a game between rivals that featured, well, about everything.

There was a switch in venue.

There was a fast start by the Tualatin High School baseball team.

There was a furious late rally by the Tigard squad.

There were two soaking rain delays.

There was definitely some late-inning drama.

And, at the end, there was a much-needed victory for the Tigers and maybe a necessary late dose of motivation for the Timberwolves.

Tigard, after being shut out by Tualatin in the first two games of the teams’ three-game Pacific Conference series, rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to get a 7-6 win over the Wolves in a game played Friday at Tigard High School.

by: DAN BROOD - IN THE RAIN -- Tualatin senior Cooper Brunner makes a pickoff throw to first in Friday's game at Tigard.“Man, we really needed one of these,” said Tigard senior Jake Biglow, who pitched the final three and a third innings in relief. “It was a close game, but we were able to come through in the clutch.”

“It was our last time playing against Tualatin, so we really wanted to win this,” Tigard senior second baseman Bruin Campbell said. “It was fate, I guess. They scored a lot of runs the first game (a 15-0 Tualatin win on May 6), but we took advantage this time.”

“Put the ball in play, and good things will happen,” Tigard senior shortstop Shane Rasor said. “This was a good way to start the weekend.”

With the win, Tigard moved to 8-7 in conference play (11-13 overall), putting the Tigers in a tie with Glencoe for third place in the league standings and strengthening the team’s grip on one of the conference’s four automatic bids to the Class 6A state playoffs.

“We badly needed this,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. “I hope this will help us put ourselves in a good frame of mind.”

by: DAN BROOD - MAKING THE PIVOT -- Tigard senior second baseman Bruin Campbell (right) looks to make a throw to first after forcing out Tualatin's Tanner Marsh.Tualatin, which bested Tigard 3-0 on May 7, moved to 12-3 in conference play (18-4 overall) at that point, keeping the Wolves atop the standings, a game ahead of second-place McMinnville.

“If we’re going to lose, we’d rather it be now than later on,” Tualatin senior third baseman Joey Fishback said. “It’s Tigard, and you always want to beat them, but we’ve been able to take our losses this year and get better from them. Hopefully, we’ll bounce back again. We’ll learn from this.”

In Friday’s game, which was originally scheduled for Tualatin, but was moved to Tigard’s turf field due to the rainy conditions, the Wolves took control early.

Tualatin, the designated home team, got an RBI single from senior Brandon Shroyer and senior Jake Gellos scored from third base on a wild pitch to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

by: DAN BROOD - BAM -- Tualatin senior Jake Gellos gets his bat on the ball during Friday's game at Tigard.Tualatin added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Chase Anderson drew a two-out walk. He stole second base and then scored on Fishback’s single to center field. Gellos then doubled in Fishback to gave the Wolves an early 4-0 advantage.

The first rain delay, lasting nine minutes, struck in the top of the fifth inning, with Tigard still trailing 4-0.

But, after the tarp was lifted from the pitcher’s mound, the Tigers came storming back. After singles by junior Tyler Walker and senior Joe Lobatto loaded the bases, Biglow, who drew a walk to lead off the inning, scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by senior Jesse Bye, trimming the lead to 4-1 and giving Tigard its first run of the series.

Walker scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bruin Campbell to make the score 4-2.

by: DAN BROOD - OUT IN FRONT -- Tualatin senior Joey Fishback is greeted by his Tualatin teammates after scoring a second-inning run in Friday's game.The Tigers then exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning, which also included a 16-minute rain delay.

Senior Bradley Imai, who drew a leadoff walk, scored the first run of the frame on an infield single by Lobatto. Walker, who also singled, would score on an error, Rasor drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Lobatto, Bye scored on a single by junior Brady McGetrick and Campbell scored on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead.

Now, it was Tualatin’s turn to battle back. Anderson hit a leadoff triple to start the bottom of the sixth inning. Fishback followed with an RBI double to center field. Later in the inning, Gellos, who had an infield single, scored on a single by junior Jacob Bennett to cut the Tigard lead to 7-6 going into the seventh inning.

by: DAN BROOD - BIGS -- Tigard senior Jake Biglow, who picked up the pitching victory in relief, fires in a pitch during Friday's game. The Tigers rallied for a 7-6 win over Tualatin.Still trailing by one run, Tualatin got a one-out single by sophomore Nathan Senger in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior Tanner Marsh was then hit by a pitch, putting the potential tying and winning runs on base. Biglow coaxed a fielder’s choice grounder for the second out of the frame. He then got Fishback to fly out to center field to end the game and preserve the Tigers’ 7-6 win.

“There was a lot of pressure. I just had to pound the zone,” Biglow said. “I got lucky with that last out, he’s a real good hitter.”

“Jake did a great job,” Rasor said. “He’s a fighter.”

Biglow, in his relief pitching stint, gave up two runs while scattering seven hits. He struck out two and walked none.

“Jake is a competitor,” Tom Campbell said.

Tigard, as a team, had nine base hits in the win, with Walker, Lobatto, McGetrick and senior Ray Barlow having two hits apiece.

by: DAN BROOD - IT'S OVER -- The rival Tigers and Timberwolves shake hands following the final game of their three-game series.The Wolves had 12 hits in the contest. Gellos went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Fishback went 2 for 4 with a double, a stolen base, a run scored and two RBIs. Bennett also had a pair of hits for Tualatin.

Tualatin bounced back from Friday’s loss to get an 8-2 win at McMinnville on Tuesday. With that victory, the Wolves clinched the Pacific Conference title.

Bennett picked up a complete-game pitching victory while also going 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Brunner and Riese each went 2 for 4. Marsh had a key two-run double and Anderson had two stolen bases.

Tigard picked up a key 7-1 win at Newberg on Tuesday.

Barlow was the winning pitcher for the Tigers and he also belted a first-inning home run. Bruin Campbell had a two-run double, a walk and three stolen bases. McGetrick had a two-run double and Walker went 2 for 4 at the plate.

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