TC drops M-Hill at district

Talented Tualatin City is too much for Murrayhill in the third-place contest
by: JAIME VALDEZ, AT THE PLATE — Murrayhill's Ryan Patterson tries to block home plate as Tualatin’s Shelby Burke slides in during the District 4 third-place game last week at Alpenrose Dairy.

PORTLAND - Tualatin City expected to be in the championship game.

Murrayhill probably wishes they were after facing them for the second time in the District 4 Majors softball tournament at Alpenrose Dairy. Tualatin City beat Murrayhill 9-0 in the third-place game on Friday for some consolation after losing to Lake Oswego 8-7 in Thursday's semifinal game.

Murrayhill lost to eventual champion Cedar Mill 8-3 in the semifinals. That set up a rematch with Tualatin City, which won their four-team pool with a 3-0 record, including an 18-8 mercy-rule win over Murrayhill.

In that game, Murrayhill, which also includes players from Beaverton Area Little League, overcame an early deficit to take a brief lead before Tualatin City rallied for the victory.

'Last time we had a big comeback,' Murrayhill center fielder Megan John said. 'I guess it just wasn't working for us this time.'

Murrayhill cut Tualatin City's offensive output in half, but couldn't come up with the clutch hit to break through. Murrayhill had six hits against Tualatin City starting pitcher M.G. Bywater but left seven runners stranded, including five in scoring position.

'I don't know why we didn't hit off her,' Murrayhill third baseman Shelby Newton said. 'We just couldn't get things going.'

Tualatin City had no such trouble, scoring three times in the top of the first inning without a hit. Two walks and a fielder's choice loaded the bases. An error scored the game's first run and Morgan Windhorn followed by drawing a walk to plate Emilee Symonds for a 2-0 lead.

Tualatin City got its third run when Kayla Gamache hit a grounder to the second baseman, who fired home late as Bywater scored.

Murrayhill's leadoff hitter Shae Nelson started things well enough in the bottom of the inning by lining a single down the left-field line. She went to second on an overthrow and to third on a wild pitch, but Bywater struck out the next two batters to strand her there.

Tualatin City added two runs in the second on Symonds' RBI-double into left field. She scored when Taryn O'Neill lined a single into right.

Murraryhill put runners in scoring position in the final four innings, but couldn't push across a run. Kylie Wallace singled past a sliding shortstop in the third, went to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout. But Tualatin City third baseman Hannah Schmitz made a basket catch in foul territory to end the inning.

Tualatin City got two more runs in the fourth. Murrayhill's leadoff hitter reached base in the last three innings, beginning in the fourth when Newton lined a single into right. John walked later in the frame, but a line out and ground out closed the inning.

Augusta Herman led off the fifth with a grounder up the middle for a single. She eventually advanced to third, but Tualatin City second baseman Windhorn ate up a hard bouncer for the third out.

Windhorn also preserved the shutout in the final inning. Newton led off with an infield single. With two outs, Brooke Schwab hit a liner into center for a single. Juana Lopez followed with a hard chopper to Windhorn's left. Windhorn showed some range to scoop up the ball and fire to first for the game's final out.