Tim Tawa's pitching sets the pace in top-ranked Lions' victory

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn's Tim Tawa delivers a pitch during his team's 10-1 win over McNary in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Wednesday at West Linn High School.The West Linn baseball team got a minor scare in its Monday playoff opener.

On Wednesday, the Lions played well enough to score the rest of the state.

Hosting No. 16 McNary in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, top-ranked West Linn got a shutdown pitching performance from starter Tim Tawa, banged out 12 hits (seven for extra bases) and dusted the Celtics 10-1 at West Linn High School.

"I think people thought it would be a closer game," said senior center fielder Chase Cosner, who went 2 for 3 at the plate with a single, a triple and two runs scored. "But I thought we came out and swung it. I think people are going to be surprised down the road when they find out we can swing it consistently."

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