Tigard powers its way to tournament victory
PORTLAND — Power.
The Tigard Little League Majors (ages 11-12) all-star baseball team certainly seemed to have plenty of it on Monday. The Tigard squad showed plenty of power on the mound. Tigard definitely showed off its power at the plate.
And, in the end, Tigard powered its way to an impressive win over Lake Oswego.
Tigard, flexing its muscles, roared to a 12-2, four-inning victory over Lake Oswego in a pool play game played at Alpenrose Stadium.
"It was really great," said Tigard's Miles Ott, who hit a home run and drove in six runs in the victory. "I thought we pitched the ball great tonight. Sometimes, we missed the strike zone, and we missed a few ground balls, but, hey, we still 10-runned them."
"It went pretty well," said Ollie Jones, who had a two-run double for Tigard in the win. "We definitely hit the ball a lot better than we did Saturday night."
Tigard, which opened tournament play on Saturday with a 6-4 loss to Murrayhill, finished pool play with a 1-1 record. Tigard will open the elimination part of the tournament on Tuesday when it faces Southwest Portland at 7:15 p.m. If Tigard wins on Tuesday, it will then play Raleigh Hills on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. The winner of Wednesday's game advances to the tournament championship game, which will be played Friday at 6 p.m.
"We just want to do our best and, hopefully, face Murrayhill again," Ott said. "That's motivation."
"We hope to get another shot at Murrayhill," Jones said.
Lake Oswego, in Monday's game took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the first inning.
But Tigard answered back in its half of the frame. Owen Wright got things started with a two-out double to right-center field. Ott followed with a single to center field, driving in Wright to tie the game at 1-1.
Tigard then took charge of the game in the second inning, scoring seven runs in the frame. With one out in the inning, Alex Pearson, Michael Harms and Landon DuChene drew consecutive walks, all coming on 3-2 pitches, to load the bases. Pinch runner Andrew Hergert then scored from third on a wild pitch, giving Tigard a 2-1 lead.
Jones then roped an opposite-field double, with the ball landing just inside the right-field foul line, driving in both Harms and DuChene, pushing the margin to 4-1.
"The right fielder was about 40 feet from the line, so, even if the pitch was right down the middle, I was just going to take it that way," Jones said of the hit. "It felt great."
Wright followed with a single to left field, with Jones moving to third on the hit. Jones then scored on a wild pitch.
Ott then blasted a two-run home run, with the ball carrying deep over the fence in left field, to cap off the scoring in the inning, upping the Tigard lead to 7-1.
"That just pushed all the momentum to our side," Jones said.
And Tigard carried that momentum to the bottom of the third inning, when it got its offense rolling again.
Owen Nichold reached base on a fielder's choice grounder, and Connor Bok and Dominic Taylor each walked, loading the bases with two outs. Wright followed with an infield single, driving in Nichold and keeping the bases loaded. Ott then ripped a double to the fence in center field, plating Bok, Taylor and Wright to up the margin to 11-1. Lusiano Lopez then singled in Ott, making the score 12-1.
Lake Oswego got a run in the top of the fourth inning, making the final score 12-2.
"This was really fun," Ott said.
"Everyone just got their bats going," Jones said. "We had more base-runners tonight."
Tigard had a total of nine base hits in three innings worth of at-bats.
"That was pretty good," Ott said. "We all decided, 'hey, let's go hit.'"
Ott helped lead the offensive attack, going 3 for 3 at the plate with a double, a home run, two runs scored and six RBIs. Wright went 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Lopez went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Jones had a double, a run scored and two RBIs.
Ott pitched the first two and one-third innings for Tigard. He gave up one unearned run on one hit, while striking out five and walking one. Pearson pitched an inning and one-third, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking one. Wright got a strikeout for the final out of the contest.
Other players on the Tigard team include Carter Jordan and Jack Williams.