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Dawgs rally to win thriller over Westview

Suburban Door scores three in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3
by: Dan Brood GOOD TIMES — The Dawgs celebrate their comeback win over Westview.

LAKE OSWEGO - It certainly didn't seem to be the most promising situation for the Suburban Door OIBA baseball team.

The Tualatin-based squad found itself trailing Robinson Construction 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning in an opening-round game of the OIBA season-ending tourney.

And, to make matters worse, staring at the Dawgs from the pitching mound for Robinson Construction was Carson Kelly, the reigning Class 6A Player of the Year.

But Suburban Door turned that gloomy situation into a thrilling victory.

The never-say-die Dawgs scored three runs off of Kelly in the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with a dramatic 4-3 win in the game played July 27 at Lakeridge High School.

'That was amazing,' said Suburban Door's Connor Scott, a Tualatin High School junior-to-be who scored the winning run in addition to being the winning pitcher in relief. 'That was so exciting.'

With the remarkable win, the Dawgs improved to 32-5 on the summer season at that point and moved on to the quarterfinal round of the double-elimination tourney.

'What a game,' Suburban Door coach Adam Strachan said. 'We knew we were in for a battle. Kelly is so tough, and we were scared for the first few innings. But, like I told these guys, they have the best player, but one player can't win the game.'

The Tualatin team entered the seventh inning with one run on four hits against Kelly, who struck out 13 batters in the first six innings of the contest.

But that didn't seem to bother the Dawgs.

Nick Bland, after first hitting a deep foul ball to the left side, hit a leadoff single to center field to start the seventh.

'The foul ball that Nick hit was key,' Strachan said. 'I don't think Carson has been hit that sharply.'

Gunnar Gustafson followed with a single to center, with Kyle George, pinch-running for Bland, advancing to third on the hit. Scott then singled to left field, driving in George to cut the Robinson Construction lead to 3-2.

'After seeing that we could hit him, we all started believing,' Scott said.

One out later, Nathan Suyematsu drew a walk to load the bases. Travis Johnson then also walked, bringing in Brandon Durdel, who was pinch-running for Gustafson, to tie the game at 3-3.

The next Suburban Door batter, Andrew Schlottmann, hit a ground ball to first. A bobble and a wild throw to the plate let Scott score the game-winning run in the 4-3 victory.

'I saw him field it when I was halfway home,' Scott said. 'I just prayed. It was a fantastic feeling when I scored - we finally did it.'

Robinson Construction scored a run in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.

Suburban Door got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Gustafson hit a one-out single to center. He moved to second base on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and then scored on Jon Fishback's two-out single to center to make the score 3-1.

Suyematsu pitched the first five innings of the game for the Tualatin team. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out seven and walking four. Two of the walks Suyematsu issued were intentional free passes to Kelly.

'Nathan didn't have his best stuff today, but he did a great job of keeping us in the game,' Strachan said. 'He let us hang around.'

Scott pitched the final two frames for the Dawgs. He gave up no runs on one hit while striking out three and walking none.

Suburban Door had seven hits in the win. Bland and Gustafson had two hits apiece while Suyematsu, Fishback and Scott each had one hit.