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Platt Electric takes two from Tigard to advance

The Sunset-based team takes the first two from Tigard in its playoff
by: Dan Brood WINNING SMILE — Platt Electric’s Ryan Carter (right) accepts congratulations from his teammates after homering against Tigard on Sunday.

Platt Electric knows it belongs.

Platt Electric, Sunset's summer OIBA baseball team, will co-host the league's 16-team, double-elimination OIBA championship tournament and was therefore guaranteed a berth in the field.

But Platt wanted to prove to everyone that it really deserved its spot.

Mission accomplished. Platt (the Lolich Division runner-up) beat Olin Division champ Tigard on Friday and Saturday in its best two-of-three seeding series and rolled into the championship tournament ready for more.

'We handled them pretty good,' said Sunset coach Bryan Sullivan. 'We'd been on a roll (late in the regular season) and we kept it going.'

Platt crushed Tigard 13-0 in five innings Friday night at Sunset High School, then edged the Longhorns 7-3 on Saturday at Tigard High School to secure the series victory. Tigard came back to win the third game of the series 2-0.

Platt opened the 16-team, double-elimination OIBA championship tournament against Putnam - the fifth seed from the Murphy Division - last night (Wednesday) at Sunset. With a win there, Platt would face the Lake Oswego vs. Barlow winner at 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Lakeridge; with a loss on Wednesday, Platt would face the LO-Barlow loser at 1 p.m. today.

Platt Electric 13, Tigard 0

CEDAR MILL - Platt left absolutely nothing to chance in its Friday opener, getting a brilliant effort from pitcher Zane Bambusch (no runs on four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts) and a hit parade that finally topped out at 16.

Platt pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a Ben Burros solo homer, a ground-rule double by Cam Russ, and a two-run homer by Ryan Carter. Platt extended that edge to 6-0 in the fourth when Bambusch led off with a solo home run, Dylan Hollister singled, Danny Yazzolino walked, and Jordan Pangelinan doubled home both runners.

Already comfortably ahead, Platt poured across seven more runs in the fifth to end it. For the game, Hollister and Russ both went 3-for-4, Pangelinan went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs, and Landon Coffey was 2-for-4.

'Bambusch was great,'

Sullivan said. 'He's been our guy all summer long.'

Platt Electric 7, Tigard 3

TIGARD - Platt followed the same formula to win game two, getting a strong pitching performance from Russ, key hitting, and a three-run homer by Carter to win.

Russ followed Bambusch's efforts with his own complete-game performance, scattering six hits and five walks and striking out two.

The Longhorns led 1-0 early, but Platt got a two-run double in the second by Yazzolino, then put the game away with a four-run fifth. There, Platt got things started with a Coffey double, Burros walked, Russ stroked an RBI single, and Carter followed with a three-run homer to put his team in control.