The Tualatin team is edged in OIBA tourney action

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - FUNDAMENTALS -- Tualatin's Griffin Fraggaio tries to put down a bunt in last week's OIBA tourney game. LAKE OSWEGO — One little play.

A missed opportunity.

A timely hit.

Just one run.

Sometimes, that’s all that makes the difference.

That sure seemed to be the case when the Tualatin-based Suburban Door Dawgs faced off with Lake Oswego in an Oregon Independent Baseball Association tournament contest.

The Dawgs seemed to fall just one play, or one hit, short as they were edged 1-0 by the Lakers in a tourney winners’ bracket second-round game played last Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

“Unfortunately, one run cost us,” said Nathan Senger, a Tualatin High School junior-to-be, who turned in a strong, complete-game pitching performance for the Dawgs. “But it was a good game.”

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - LEADING OFF -- Suburban Door leadoff batter Chase Anderson takes a swing during the Dawgs' OIBA playoff game with Lake Oswego.“We misplayed a couple of balls,” said Tualatin coach Adam Strachan. “And we’ve been real good about not doing that all summer. And we also didn’t get a key hit when we needed it.”

Senger and Lake Oswego’s Matt Voelzke locked up in a pitchers’ duel right from the start of last week’s tourney game, which was moved from Oregon City to Lake Oswego due to the wet weather that hit the area.

The Dawgs seemed to threaten throughout the contest. Danny Williams led off the top of the second inning for Suburban Door with a double to left-center field. But Voelzke was able to get a pop out, a strikeout and a fly-ball out to get out of the inning unscathed.

In the top of the third inning, the Dawgs got a leadoff infield single by Calder Fettig. Griffin Fraggaio then reached base on an error and Chase Anderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.

But, again, Voelzke was able to escape the jam. This time, he coaxed a fly ball to shallow center field for the first out of the frame. Lake Oswego then turned an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep the Dawgs from scoring.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - STRONG PERFORMANCE -- Suburban Door's Nathan Senger, a Tualatin High School junior-to-be, fires a pitch to the plate during the Dawgs' 1-0 loss at Lake Oswego in an OIBA tourney game last Thursday. Tualatin’s Jackson Schleicher was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the fifth inning, but he also was left stranded. Then, in the top of the sixth inning, Williams reached base on a Lake Oswego error and Jesse Chick drew a walk, putting runners on first and second with two outs in the frame. But they also were left on base, keeping the game scoreless at that point.

But that changed in the bottom of the inning. Lake Oswego, taking advantage of an error, getting a fielder’s choice bunt and a bunt single, loaded the bases with no outs in the frame. Max Anderson then singled in Voelzke to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Senger prevented Lake Oswego from getting any more runs in the frame, keeping the deficit at 1-0 going into the seventh inning.

In the final frame, the Dawgs got a one-out single by Fettig and a two-out single by Anderson, putting the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base with two outs in the inning. But Voelzke got an inning-ending strikeout to wrap up Lake Oswego’s 1-0 win.

Senger turned in a strong pitching performance in the setback. In six innings of work, he gave up just the one unearned run on four hits while striking out one and walking four.

“Nathan pitched real well,” Strachan said.

“I felt good,” Senger said. “I just tried to throw strikes.”

The Dawgs came up with four hits in the contest. Fettig went 2 for 3. Williams and Anderson added one hit apiece.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - PICKOFF -- Tualatin first baseman Chris Fishback (right) reaches for the ball as LO's Oscar Stout dives back to the bag.Later last Thursday, Suburban Door saw its stay in the 16-team, double-elimination tourney end with a 4-1 setback to Southridge in a losers’ bracket second-round contest.

“We tried to exceed expectations this summer,” Senger said. “We’re young, but it’s been a good summer.”

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