KEIZER — The Tualatin High School baseball team got off to a fast start.
The Timberwolves also had a strong finish.
But it wasn't quite enough to get them a playoff victory.
McNary, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, was able to hold off a late Tualatin rally to get a 10-9 victory in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Monday at McNary High School.
With the win, McNary, the No. 5 team out of the Greater Valley Conference, and the No. 16 team in the OSAA power rankings, improved to 14-12 on the season. The Celtics also advanced to play at West Linn in a state-playoff second-round game on Wednesday.
Tualatin, the No. 3 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 17 team in the power rankings, finished its season at 14-12.
Junior Kaden Cook had a big game for the Wolves in the playoff loss. He went 3 for 4 at the plate, with a pair of doubles, a run scored and four RBIs. Junior Chris Freese went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored. Junior Cole Kinman went 1 for 1 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and two RBIs.
Sophomore Kyle Dernedde had a hit and two runs scored. Senior Elijah Diggins had a hit and scored a run. Junior Ryan Webb had a hit and an RBI and junior Danny Shell drove in a run.
The loss marked the final high school baseball game for Tualatin seniors Ryan Kamp and Diggins.