Big inning leads Tigard to 8-5 conference win over Glencoe

by: DAN BROOD - RASOR'S EDGE -- Tigard senior shortstop Shane Rasor (right) makes a throw to first base after forcing out Glencoe's Grant Ramey at second base in Friday's Pacific Conference game. TIGARD — Finally.

After struggling to get its offense going throughout the early part of the season, the Tigard High School baseball team was able to find a way to get some impressive run production.

That led to a big inning and a key conference win.

The Tigers, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, powered their way to an 8-5 win over Glencoe in a Pacific Conference contest played Friday at Tigard High School.

“Our pitching and defense have been good,” Tigard senior shortstop Shane Rasor said after the victory. “It was nice to get some runs today.”

“Small ball will be big for us,” said Tigard senior Jesse Bye, who was the winning pitcher in Friday’s game. “We were able to hit the ball today.”

Glencoe moved to 1-2 in conference play and to 4-8 on the season at that point with the setback. The Tigers improved to 2-1 in league games and to 5-6 at that point, overall, with the win.

“It’s a win, and we needed it,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said.

The Crimson Tide got off to a fast start in Friday’s game, getting a run in the top of the first inning. Glencoe senior Andre Becton had a bunt single to lead off the contest and he ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Williams to give the visitors their early 1-0 advantage.

Glencoe was still holding onto its 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning, but that’s where Tigard came up with it scoring spree.

Tiger juniors Brady McGetrick and Tyler Walker drew back-to-back walks to get the big inning started. Senior Jake Biglow followed with a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Seniors Joe Lobatto and Nick Duron were then each hit by a pitch, forcing in McGetrick and Walker to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Tigard didn’t stop there.

by: DAN BROOD - SAFE -- Tigard senior Nick Duron beats the throw to first base for an infield single in the Tigers' victory over Glencoe.Biglow scored on a passed ball to make the score 3-1. Then, after junior Cole Cameron walked to reload the bases, Rasor hit an infield single, bringing in Lobatto to up the margin to 4-1. Bye followed with a line-drive single to right field, plating Duron to make the score 5-1.

Senior Bruin Campbell then drew another bases-loaded walk, bringing in Cameron to make the score 6-1. Rasor then scored when McGetrick hit into a double play, capping off the Tigers’ seven-run inning and giving the home team a 7-1 lead.

The Tigers certainly seemed to have momentum after that, but Glencoe tried to fight its way back into the contest. The Crimson Tide got a three-run triple from senior Joey Haynes in the top of the fifth inning, cutting the Tigard lead to 7-4.

The Tigers answered back with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Duron singled to center field to lead off the frame. He stole second base and moved to third on a deep fly ball out by Cameron. One out later, Duron scored on junior Jarod Gogal’s single to center field, upping the margin to 8-4.

Glencoe got a run in the top of the seventh inning to make the final score 8-5.

“We got every out we could on defense, and we took advantage on the bases,” Rasor said.

Tigard, as a team, had seven hits in the contest. Duron went 2 for 2 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Biglow, Rasor, Bye, McGetrick and Gogal added one hit apiece.

Bye picked up the pitching victory. In five innings of work, he gave up four runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two.

“I felt pretty good today,” he said. “I tried to throw strikes.”

Duron pitched the final two innings, giving up one run on no hits, to get the save.

by: DAN BROOD - PICKOFF PLAY -- Tigard senior pitcher Jesse Bye makes a throw to first on a pickoff attempt in the Tigers' win over Glencoe.On Monday, Glencoe won the second game of the series, getting a 1-0 win over the Tigers in a game played at Glencoe High School.

The Tigers are ready for many more close games as conference play continues.

“That’s the way it’s going to be,” Tom Campbell said. “Everyone in the league has at least one decent pitcher.”

“I love it,” Bye said. “I love the close games.”

Tigard was scheduled to face Hillsboro in a conference game Wednesday at Hare Field. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The teams will finish their two-game series today (Thursday) with a 4:30 p.m. contest at Tigard High School. On Tuesday, Tigard will travel to Century for a 4:30 p.m. league game. The Tigers will then host the Jaguars Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

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