Tualatin moves to 4-0 in league with its 15-0 win

HILLSBORO — Another conference series, another conference series sweep for the Tualatin High School baseball team.

The Timberwolves wrapped up their second straight, two-game series sweep by running to a 15-0 win over Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference game played Monday at Hare Field.

“We found our bats again,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “They were quiet in the Newberg series and in the first half of the first game with Hillsboro.”

Hillsboro moved to 1-3 in Pacific Conference play and to 4-7 on the season with the setback. Meanwhile, Tualatin improved to 4-0 in conference games (10-1-1 overall), keeping the Timberwolves alone in first place in the standings, one game ahead of McMinnville.

Tualatin got off to a fast start in Monday’s game at Hillsboro, scoring four runs in each of the first two innings.

“We hit the ball hard and ran the bases well,” Strachan said.

Junior Jacob Bennett helped lead the Tualatin offensive attack with three hits. Senior Brandon Shroyer went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Junior Tanner Marsh also went 2 for 3 while also drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Senior Jake Gellos added a pair of hits for the Wolves.

Junior Karter Cook picked up the pitching win for Tualatin. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up no runs on two hits while striking out seven in five innings of work. Senior Cody Davidson pitched the final two innings, completing the shutout.

On Friday, the Wolves struck late to pull away for a 13-6 win over the Spartans in the first game of the teams’ series, played at Tualatin High School.

In that game, Gellos belted a three-run home run, his second of the season, in the bottom of the first inning. But, going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wolves found themselves in a 3-3 tie.

But, with two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the fifth, Tualatin, getting six straight hits, exploded to score eight runs before the frame ended. The Wolves added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“We made some adjustments at the plate,” Strachan said.

In addition to his home run, Gellos also hit a double and drove in five runs in the victory. Bennett scored two runs and drove in a run. Sophomore Nathan Senger had a two-run single and junior Trevor Riese and sophomore Chase Anderson each drove in a run.

Bennett pitched the first four innings of the contest, giving up a pair of runs. Davidson and sophomore Jesse Chick completed the pitching duties.

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