Tigard team falls at District 4 tournament
PORTLAND — It was a tough draw.
And things definitely weren't going their way.
But the players on the Tigard Little League Majors (ages 11-12) All-Star baseball team weren't about to give up.
The Tigard squad battled to the end in a 24-0 loss to Murrayhill in a District 4 Tournament losers' bracket first round game played Sunday at Alpenrose Stadium.
"They played hard," Tigard manager Ted Balden said after the game. "That's all that matters."
Tigard, in Sunday's game, found itself facing a daunting deficit right away, as Murrayhill scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning.
Tigard, in the bottom of the frame, got a two-out triple to center field by Campbell Carlberg.
Murrayhill added five more runs in the top of the second inning to push the margin to 18-0.
In the bottom of the frame, Tigard got a leadoff walk by Mason Van Doren, who then proceeded to steal second. But he was left stranded on base.
Murrayhill scored six runs in the top of the third inning to make the score 24-0.
Tigard, still fighting, got a two-out single by Carson DeFabio in the bottom of the third. But the Tigard team wasn't able to capitalize, making the final score 24-0.
Tigard opened the district tournament on Saturday with an 18-9 loss to Southwest Portland.
"We played well in that game," Balden said. "We got here, and this is the place where you want to play."
Tigard, on Tuesday, won 21-7 against Beaverton-Aloha in a tournament consolation game. Tigard is scheduled to face Tillamook County in another consolation game on Wednesday. That game is set to start at 5:30 p.m. on the East field.
Other members of the Tigard Little League Majors all-star team include Kyle Benedetti, Maxwell Coker, Ryder Eaton, Owen Erb, Tyler Heermans-Balden, Austin Martin, James McGhee, Benjamin Munoz, Jonathan Pistacchio and Lucas Laws.