Green wins all-Tigard Honors final

by: submitted photo, WINNING TEAM — The Tigard Little League Majors Honors Green team, shown here after a tourney win over Murrayhill, beat Tigard Black in the District 4 title game.

PORTLAND - When it came down to the championship game of the District 4 Majors (ages 11-12) Honors Baseball Tournament - it was all Tigard.

That's right, the championship game of the tournament, which ended July 1 at Alpenrose Dairy, featured a pair of Tigard squads. The Tigard Green team reached the title game with a win over Beaverton Area while the Tigard Black team downed Murrayhill in the semifinals.

In the all-Tigard title game, Tigard Green came out on top, 8-7 in a thriller, getting the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Tigard Black came out strong in the first inning of the championship game, getting four runs off of two hits, a single by Daniel Lien and a home run by Max Bailey. Tigard Black added another run in the second inning, on a solo home run by Nick Roche to up its lead to 5-0.

Tigard Green started to battle back in the bottom of third inning, getting a run on back-to-back doubles by Tim Waldron and Sean McGetrick.

But Tigard Black answered back with two runs in the fourth inning. Eric Lien and Michael Poach each singled, followed by a two-run single by Kevin Connelly, which upped the Tigard Black advantage to 7-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Tigard Green came back with three runs off of a walls to Micah Lundstrom, a single by Austin Givens followed by a two-run double off the bat of Matt Miller.

Robert Strys moved Miller to third on a fielder's choice, where Miller stole home on a wild pitch, helping Tigard Green trim the lead to 7-4.

Tigard Green got even closer in the fifth, scoring another run to make the margin 7-5. Nick Volstedt drew a walk and ended up scoring on a double by Brady Watts.

In the top of the sixth, Tigard Green pitcher Brandon Durdel put the side down in order. He did the same in the seventh. Durdel got help from catcher Braden Anderton and third baseman Jack Hackman who each grabbed fly balls for outs.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tigard Green got a two-out single by Givens and a two-run home run by Miller to tie the game at 7-7 and send the contest to extra innings.

After Tigard Black went down in order in the top of the seventh with Durdel striking out the No. 4 and 5 hitters, Chad Colson, who replaced the injured Brian Sherner, caught a fly ball for the final out.

Durdel led off the bottom of the frame with a single up the middle. Hackman followed with a double to right-center field. Durdel slid under a tag at third base on the play. Then, after a throw was bobbled at second base, where Tigard Black attempted to throw out Hackman, Durdel came home with the winning run.

Jim Anderton is the Tigard Green manager with coaches Pete Miller and Scott Waldron.