By DAN BROOD
Of the Times
PORTLAND - With its district title hopes on the line, Tigard turned to its power.
That would be power pitching and power hitting.
Behind that power, Tigard stayed alive in District 4 Tournament play.
The Tigard Little League Majors (ages 11-12) baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the District 4 tourney by scoring a 12-3 win over Sun Creek in a tourney pool play game contested Saturday at Alpenrose Dairy.
'Today, we played the way we're capable of being,' Tigard manager Tim Allred said after the contest. 'One or two big plays can get you going.'
Going into Saturday's games, all four teams in Pool A had 1-1 pool play records, meaning the two winners would advance to the tournament semifinals.
'We all came out prepared,' Tigard pitcher Jeff Robinson said. 'We were really focused.'
Robinson provided the power pitching for Tigard in the victory. In six innings of work he gave up just five hits while striking out 14.
'That felt awesome,' Robinson said. 'I didn't throw that hard, but I hit my spots.'
Robinson also provided some power at the plate with a pair of doubles. Jesse Wantland had the biggest power hit for Tigard in the win with a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that broke a 3-3 tie and gave Tigard the lead for good.
Sun Creek struck first in Saturday's game, getting a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.
Tigard rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Harrison Bruce led off with a single to center and he moved to third base on a double by Nick Bland. One out later, Robinson doubled in Bruce and Bland.
Sun Creek regained the lead, at 3-2, with a run in the top of the second inning.
Tigard was able to tie the game, and take the lead for good, in the bottom of the third. Ryan Stevens led off the inning with a single to left and he ended up scoring, knotting the game up at 3-3, on Robby Chabreck's single.
One out later, Wantland hit his home run down the right-field line to give Tigard its 6-3 lead.
Tigard added three more runs in the fourth, on RBIs by Robinson, Chabreck and Wantland, to up the lead to 9-3.
Tigard then scored three more times in the fifth to push the margin to 12-3. Scott Brennan doubled in Sam Meyer and Robinson and Brennan each scored on a double by Wantland.