Longhorns' season ends in shutout
WILSONVILLE — It wasn't the way the Longhorns wanted their season to end.
But, despite that, they say it was a successful summer campaign, and one they can build on.
The Tigard squad saw its season come to a close with an 8-0 loss to Sunset in a quarterfinal game of the Oregon Independent Baseball Association season-ending state tournament, held Friday at Wilsonville High School.
"It was a fun summer," Sam Gerkman, a Tigard High School junior-to-be, said following Friday's game. "We did a lot better than we expected."
The Longhorns ended the summer season with a final overall record of 25-14.
"We did surprisingly well," said Lance Kreisberg, who also is a Tigard junior-to-be. "We didn't expect to do this well. We just jelled as a team."
"Everyone was so committed," Gerkman said. "Everyone made it to every game that they could."
The Longhorns, in Friday's tourney quarterfinal game, faced an early deficit, as Sunset got a run in the top of the first inning when Tyler Sumner tripled and scored on a groundout by Danner Wintle.
The Apollos then added on four more runs in the top of the second inning. Sumner had the big hit of the frame, with a double that drove in both Tomo Horie and Ryan Bergman.
The Longhorns tried to fight back, getting a leadoff single by Fletcher Ahl in the bottom of the inning, but Sunset pitcher Loggan Davis got the next three Tigard batters to ground out.
Gerkman then drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the third inning. But he also was left stranded on base, as Sunset held on to its 5-0 lead.
The Apollos then added on in the top of the fourth. Sumner had a RBI double in the frame, and Davis doubled in two more runs, as Sunset upped the margin to 8-0.
Still, the Longhorns kept battling.
Tigard got a leadoff single by C.J. Rivers in the bottom of the fourth. And, following a double play, Kreisberg singled to center field. But the Longhorns couldn't capitalize.
After going down in order in the bottom of the fifth inning, Tigard got a one-out single by Manny Andrade in the bottom of the sixth inning. But Davis coaxed a groundout and a fly-ball out to get out of that inning unscathed.
Davis then put the Longhorns down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to wrap up his team's 8-0 victory.
"Nothing went our way," Kreisberg said. "It seemed like all of the bounces went their way."
Andrade, Rivers, Kreisberg and Ahl each went 1 for 3 at the plate for the Longhorns in the setback. Gerkman drew a walk.
Gerkman, pitching the final five innings for Tigard, gave up three runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking one.
"When I was pitching, I thought I did pretty well," Gerkman said. "Except when I tried to throw my knuckleball."
For Sunset, Sumner went 3 for 4 at the plate, with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs. Wintle went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs.
Davis, in getting the complete-game shutout pitching win, gave up four hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Sunset went on to win the tournament championship. The Apollos bested Jesuit in Saturday's semifinals and then went on to beat Westview, later on Saturday, in the tourney title tilt.