Dawgs start fast, finish strong against rival
CEDAR MILL — It doesn't matter if it's summer.
Whenever baseball rivals from Tigard and Tualatin get together on the diamond, pride and bragging rights are always at stake.
And, on Saturday, the Tualatin team claimed those bragging rights.
The Tualatin-based Suburban Door Dawgs OIBA baseball team started fast and then pulled away late to get an 8-2 win over the Tigard Longhorns in a Lake Oswego Tournament game that was moved to Sunset High School.
"It went pretty good," said Tualatin High School senior-to-be Jack Olson, who picked up the pitching win in Saturday's game. "It's always good to beat your rival."
"It's fun to beat Tigard," said Tualatin senior-to-be Chris Freese, who had a pair of hits and scored a pair of runs in the victory. "It's even fun in the summer."
With the win, Suburban Door improved to 6-2 on the season to that point.
"We're looking to get our pitching up and get our hitting better," Freese said of the summer season.
"It's been going good," Olson said. "We're winning a few games, and we're always getting better."
The Longhorns moved to 8-6 on the season to that point with the loss.
"It's Tualatin. We came out hyped to beat our rival," said Tigard's Sam Pittmon, who had two hits in Saturday's game. "We just needed to play better. We'll work at it."
The Dawgs struck early in the contest, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. And the Tualatin team did all of its damage after two outs with the bases empty.
John Hensley got things started, as he reached first base on a Tigard error. Gavin Moore followed that with a single to center field. Cameron Atkinson then doubled to left field, driving in both Hensley and Moore, giving Suburban Door a quick 2-0 advantage.
The Dawgs added another run in the bottom of the third inning. Freese hit a ground-rule double to left field to lead off the fame. He moved to third base on a wild pitch and then scored on a Tigard throwing error on the play, upping the Suburban Door lead to 3-0.
Tigard tried to battle back in the top of the fifth inning, getting a pair of runs without the benefit of a base hit. Brandt Bridges, leading off the frame for the Longhorns, drew a walk. Pittmon then reached first base on a Tualatin fielding error, with Bridges moving to third on the play.
Bridges then scored on a groundout by Sam Gerkman, making the score 3-1. Pittmon would score later in the inning, on a groundout by Manny Andrade, trimming the margin to 3-2.
But the Dawgs answered back in a big way in the bottom of the fifth.
Bryce Beck hit a leadoff single to center field to get things going. Beck then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Colby Jackson. Freese followed that up with a double to right field, driving in Beck to up the lead to 4-2. Hensley then reached base on a Tigard throwing error. Freese scored on the play to make the score 5-2.
Moore then doubled to the fence in right-center field, plating Hensley to up the margin to 6-2. Moore would eventually score on a squeeze bunt by Jett Searle. Atkinson, who drew a walk before Searle's bunt, would score on a Longhorn scoring error later in the frame to cap off the big inning, and make the score 8-2.
Tigard tried to fight back in the final two frames. In the top of the sixth, the Longhorns got a one-out single by Fletcher Ahl, and then Ethan Clark reached on a Tualatin error. But Olson coaxed a fly-ball out and then got a strikeout to get out of the inning unscathed.
In the top of the seventh, the Longhorns got a leadoff infield single by Pittmon. Andrade and Lance Kreisberg were both hit by pitches to load the bases with two outs, but Olson got Tigard to hit a grounder, which he fielded himself, and then threw to first to end the game, wrapping up the Dawgs' 8-2 win.
"It's always good playing them," Olson said.
In getting the complete-game pitching win, Olson gave up two runs (both unearned) on four hits, while striking out four and walking five.
"I just had to throw strikes, and I always trust our defense," he said.
Freese helped lead the Dawgs offensive attack, going 2 for 4 at the plate, with a double and two runs scored.
"I'm always working on getting the ball in the air," he said.
Moore went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Kamp went 2 for 3. Hensley scored twice, Atkinson drove in two runs and Jackson hit a triple.
For the Longhorns, Pittmon went 2 for 3 at the plate, with a run scored. Ahl went 2 for 4.
"Four hits, that's unacceptable. We need more hits," Pittmon said. "But, yeah, we're having fun — getting tan and hanging out with your friends."
On Sunday, the Dawgs were edged 11-8 by Sunset in the tournament championship game. Jackson went 3 for 4 at the plate with a run scored in that game. Moore went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Freese and Cambell Clarke each drove in a pair of runs.
The Longhorns finished tourney play on Sunday with a 15-4 win over Canby. Griffin Williams went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in that game for Tigard. Clark, C.J. Rivers, Bobby Carter and Tyler Penn added two hits apiece in the victory.
The Longhorns will be back in action today (Thursday) when they play at Aloha in a game starting at 5 p.m. On Friday, Tigard will play Hillsboro at Hare Field at 5 p.m.
Suburban Door will be back in action today, when it plays at Lakeridge at 5 p.m. Tualatin will be home on Friday to face Orofino, Idaho, at 1 p.m.