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After dropping first two games in the series, Cougars down Tigers 12-9 in final game

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby's Christian Pottratz connects on a pitch against Tigard.It came down to the third and final game of the series against Tigard, but the Cougars avoided a series sweep against the Tigers. On Friday, the Cougars picked up their second league win with a 12-9 verdict over the 17th ranked Tigard team.

With the win, Canby improves to 2-7 in the Three Rivers League (TRL), and 6-12 overall. Tigard, with the 2-1 result over Canby, moves to 6-3 in the TRL, and 11-7 overall.

The Tigers got out ahead of Canby in two decisive victories early last week. In the first meeting Tigard shut out Canby 7-0 on Tuesday, April 23. It was close throughout most of the game, with the Cougars trailing just 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. But Tigard came out swinging to seal the deal.

Seniors CJ Hilgaertner and Caden Stinson both scored on a double hit into right field. The next at-bat senior Lance Kreisberg hit a ground ball and reached second on an error, earning an RBI in the process.

To round out the fruitful inning, senior CJ Rivers cracked a home run over the left field fence. Canby pitcher Sean Wiese struck out the next batter, and a ground out and fly out rounded out the inning. Tigard wound up winning the game 7-0 after another run scored in the sixth inning.

The second game of the series saw Canby put up runs late in the contest, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell 7-3 on Wednesday, April 24.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Canby loaded the bases with senior Garrett Sasse, Chaz Kayser, and Christian Pottratz, and took advantage of the situation. Junior Josh Oakley singled into right field to bring in Sasse, and junior Cayden Delozier was walked to give Canby two of its three runs of the game.

It was too little too late though, as Tigard had already gotten itself six runs on the board. Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning, but the writing was on the wall.

"Garrett deserved better," Canby coach JJ Stolsig said. "We didn't play great defense, so Garrett gave up more runs than he should have. Overall, we need more guys playing better, and we'll have better results."

Canby got its revenge in the third game though. The Cougars fell behind early 3-1, but came out roaring in the top of the third and fourth innings. Canby scored eight runs between the two innings, and held off a resilient Tigard offense in the fourth and sixth innings to claim a 12-9 win.

Canby's Oakley, in three at-bats, recorded three runs, three hits, and a base on balls, and senior Tyler Marsh had four RBI's and two hits in his time at the plate. Senior pitcher Sean Wiese had three RBI's, and a hit and a run as well.

The win was partially a result of Canby's coaches reinforcing the teams calm.

"Make sure guys are believing in themselves and each other," Stolsig said about practice after the second Tigard loss. We have some physical tools, and sometimes guys overthink things, and we get into panic mode. Tomorrow we'll simplify things, we're not in panic mode, and still believe in the squad. They believe in each other, and we'll be alright."

Canby moves on to face Lakeridge (5-7 in TRL, 11-8 overall) in a trio of non-league games, the first of which kicks off on Tuesday, April 30. Tigard sees West Linn (10-2 in TRL, 13-6 overall) in a series that kicks off on the same day.

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