Tigard earns state playoff bid with 8-7 win over Roseburg

DAN BROOD - Tigard junior David Schimmels (right) jumps over a tag attempt by Roseburg sophomore first baseman Treven Jacks during Tuesday's state play-in game. The Tigers won 8-7.TIGARD — It was wild.

It was a little crazy.

It was definitely a battle.

And, when it was all over, the Tigard High School baseball team found itself in the Class 6A state playoffs.

The Tigers kept their season going by scoring an entertaining 8-7 win over Roseburg in a back-and-forth state play-in game played Tuesday at Tigard high School.

“That was such a good game,” said Tigard senior outfielder Brady McGetrick, who scored three runs in addition to coming up with a crucial defensive play in the top of the seventh inning. “We didn't want this to be our last game. I want to keep playing as long as we can.”

DAN BROOD - Tigard junior David Howell fires a pitch to the plate during Tuesday's game with Roseburg.“That was a fun game,” Tigard senior outfielder Tyler Walker said. “There were a lot of runs and some good defensive plays. We were determined not to let this be our last game. We've got a great group of guys, and we want to keep playing.”

Roseburg, the No. 6 team out of the Southwest Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 10-16.

Tigard, the No. 5 team out of the Three Rivers League, improved to 14-13 on the season with the victory. The Tigers also advance to the Class 6A state playoffs. They'll open the playoffs Monday with a first-round contest at Sheldon.

“We get to play some more baseball,” said Tigard senior first baseman J.T. Greenough, who had two hits and two RBIs in the win over Roseburg. “Hopefully, we get some more wins and not end the season for awhile.”

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior catcher Tyler Prock (right) looks to grab the ball as Roseburg's Zack Watkins slides safely home.“We want to go as far as we can,” McGetrick said. “We've face some good pitchers in our league, so we should be ready for anything.”

In the play-in game with Roseburg, the Tigers showed that they were ready to come back from an early deficit. The Indians, getting a three-run home run by junior Chris Stone — a high blast that easily cleared the fence in center field — grabbed a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

“We've been down in situations like that before,” Walker said. “We knew we needed to score to win, and we've been aggressive.”

“We had to come back and battle,” Greenough said.

And the Tigers battled back — and then some — right away, as they scored five runs in their half of the first.

DAN BROOD - Tigard sophomore Brett Thomas (left) races back to first base during a rundown as Roseburg senior Conner Yegge makes a throw to the bag in Tuesday's state play-in game. Thomas had two hits in the Tigers' 8-7 victory.Tigard sophomore Brett Thomas got the big inning started with a one-out single to left field. Walker followed with an infield single and McGetrick reached base on a Roseburg error, loading the bases. Greenough then drew a walk on four pitches, brining in Thomas for Tigard's first run of the game.

Senior Tyler Prock followed with a single to right field, plating Walker.

From there, McGetrick scored on an error, Greenough came in on a groundout by senior Cole Cameron and Prock scored on an error, giving Tigard a 5-3 lead at the end of the inning.

“It was great to come back like that,” McGetrick said.

The Tigers would have to rally, again, later in the game.

Roseburg, getting a two-run triple by senior Isaac Hartwick in the top of the third inning, came back to tie the game at 5-5. Tigard got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame, when Greenough doubled in McGetrick, who singled to lead off the inning, to go up 6-5.

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior Brady McGetrick gets ready to round first base as he doubled in the fourth inning of Tuesday's state play-in game. McGetrick scored three runs in the Tigers' 8-7 win over Roseburg.The Indians rallied again, getting a bases-loaded, two-run single by junior Grant Ronk in the top of the fourth inning, to claim a 7-6 advantage.

Tigard tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning, with Thomas singling in senior Alex Kelly. The Tigers then reclaimed the lead, at 8-7, in the bottom of the fifth.

McGetrick hit a ground-rule double to right-center field to lead off the inning. He moved to third base on Greenough's single to left field, and then scored on a groundout by Prock to give Tigard its one-run lead.

The Tigers were still leading 8-7 going into the top of the seventh inning. Hartwick, leading off the frame, hit a hard shot to the fence in right-center field. But McGetrick, sprinting over to the ball, threw a strike to second base, with Tigard senior second baseman Ben Hildago making the tag, to get Hartwick out as he tried to stretch the hit into a double.

“Brady's play was spectacular,” Walker said.

“It was good,” McGetrick said with a smile. “I'm confident with that throw, and Ben did a great job with the tag.”

DAN BROOD - Tigard sophomore pitcher Zane Woodard makes a throw to second base as Roseburg freshman Terrell Jacks slides to third base in Tuesday's game. Woodard got the save in the Tigers' 8-7 victory.Sophomore Zane Woodard, pitching in relief for the Tigers, put down the next two Indians in order to wrap up the 8-7 play-in victory.

“That was a great team effort,” Greenough said. “Everyone did a good job.”

Tigard, as a team, had eight hits in the contest.

McGetrick went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and three runs scored. Greenough went 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Thomas went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. Prock and Walker added one hit apiece.

Junior left-hander David Howell pitched the first five-plus innings of the game to record the win. Woodard pitched to scoreless innings to get save.

DAN BROOD - Tigard senior second baseman Ben Hildago (right) holds up the ball after tagging out Roseburg senior Isaac Hartwick in the seventh inning of the Tigers' 8-7 state play-in game victory.Tigard, if it wins its state playoff opener on Monday, will advance to play at either Lake Oswego or McNary in a state playoff second-round game on Wednesday.

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