Tualatin wins its way into tourney title game
CLACKAMAS — For the most part this summer season, the Tualatin OIBA baseball team has rolled through the competition.
It was the same for the Dawgs at the Clackamas Diamond Classic. In fact, at the tournament, it took a team from the other side of the world to stop Tualatin's winning ways.
The Dawgs, at the event held at Clackamas High School, earned a spot in the tournament title game, where it fell to a team from Perth, Australia.
"We're looking to play some good baseball, get a few wins and see how far it will take us," Tualatin High School senior-to-be Shaun Christensen said following the Dawgs' opening game at the tournament.
"I want to win this tournament," Tualatin senior-to-be Joey Myers said after the opening contest. "I think we can."
Tualatin opened the tournament on Thursday by scoring a 9-5 win over Sherwood (see related story). On Friday, in their first pool play contest, the Dawgs posted an 8-7 win over the host team from Clackamas.
Campbell Clarke, a Tualatin High School senior-to-be, went 1 for 1 at the plate in the victory, with a double, three walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Christensen went 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Cole Van Valin went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Xavier Otto and Connor Goodhue each had a hit and a run scored.
Joey Myers and Shawn Hunt combined to pitch the Dawgs to the victory.
On Saturday, Tualatin, behind the pitching of Luke Rogers, posted a 5-0 victory over Galena, Nev., to complete pool play competition.
Rogers, in the victory, gave up no runs on one hit, while striking out nine and walking four in six innings of work. Max Krahnke pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one, to complete the shutout.
Christensen helped lead the offensive attack, going 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Myers went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Van Valin went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Shawn Hunt drove in a pair of runs.
In Sunday's tournament semifinals, Tualatin scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 3-1 win against Port Angeles, Wash.
Clarke picked up the pitching win. He gave up one run on four hits, while striking out four and walking one in six innings on the mound. Hunt pitched a perfect seventh inning to get the save.
Blake Jackson went 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI. Goodhue went 3 for 3 with a run scored. Myers and Hunt each had a hit and a run scored. Riley Maclean had a hit and an RBI. Clarke drove in a run.
In the tournament championship game, played later on Sunday, the Dawgs fell 11-0 to the Perth Colts.
Kevin Bergh and Otto each had a hit for Tualatin in that game.
The Dawgs will be back in action on Tuesday, when they play at Clackamas in a game starting at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, Tualatin will travel to Barlow for a 7 p.m. contest. On Thursday, the Dawgs will host Clackamas in a game starting at 6 p.m. at Tualatin High School. Tualatin will finish its regular-season slate on Monday with a 6 p.m. home game with Cleveland.
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