Friday's top five: The five biggest baseball/softball games from April 20
As Oregon's spring weather gets warmer and warmer, the action on the state's baseball and softball diamonds has gotten hotter and hotter.
Among the many big winners from Friday's action were the baseball teams from Tigard and La Salle, and the softball teams from Jesuit, Gladstone and Lake Oswego.
In case you may have missed any of the week's top stories, here's a look back at the top five games from Friday. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Baseball/Softball tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.
You can see all of Friday's scores, and updated league and season standings by clicking here and then following the links for baseball and softball.
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The West Linn baseball team struck first on Friday.
Then Tigard struck back.
In the end, however, the Tigers' counterpunch carried the day, with Tigard surviving a late Lion rally to win 5-4 at West Linn High School.
Faced with a 2-2 count in a tie game and the potential winning run at second with two outs in the seventh inning, La Salle Prep's Dom Pisaneschi was looking for a fastball.
And that's what Hillsboro reliever Daniel Kitchens tried to throw by the Falcons' No. 6 hitter.
The pitch was a little down and away, but Pisaneschi drove it toward the gap in right-center for a single that scored John Jensen and lifted the Falcons' to a 6-5 Northwest Oregon Conference home win Friday over the Spartans.
Sometimes you just get beat.
Despite a 12 game win streak, an undefeated Metro League record, and on the heels of a big win over league rival Westview four days prior, the Glencoe Crimson Tide were overmatched by a focused and motivated Jesuit Crusader team Friday, April 20, at Glencoe High School.
Jesuit's Olivia Strickland dominated the Tide from the circle, tallying 15 strikeouts, while offensively the road Crusaders used a combination of hits and Glencoe defensive mishaps en route to a 4-0 road win.
The Gladstone Gladiators drove into Prineville Friday night remembering an extra inning playoff loss last year.
Determined to make up for the disappointing end to last year's season an inspired Gladiator team took control early and never looked back as they defeated Crook County 8-1.
Friday's Lake Oswego-Lakeridge softball game had it all.
Rivalry? You bet — it was the first Battle of the Lake contest at Lake Oswego High School.
Big plays? A ton, from big hits to diving catches to key pitches in tight situations.
Drama? Oh yeah, with the Lakers rallying from a two-run deficit to win 3-2 on Abby Tomita's two-out, bases-loaded opposite field single to right in the bottom of the seventh inning.