WEST LINN - The Tualatin High School baseball team started strong.
And the Timberwolves tried to rally late, but it was just too much to overcome.
Tualatin saw its season come to a close with an 11-7 loss to McNary in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Monday at West Linn High School.
McNary, the No. 5 team out of the Central Valley Conference, improved to 13-12 on the season with the victory. The Celtics also advanced to meet Oregon City in a state-playoff second-round game on Wednesday.
Tualatin, the Pacific Conference champion, finished its season with a final overall record of 21-6.
The Timberwolves took an early lead in Monday's game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to go up 3-0.
But McNary came back with a run in the second inning, four more in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh to claim an 11-3 advantage.
Tualatin, not giving up, scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as McNary got the postsesaon victory.
The Celtics got a three-run home run by Garren Robinett as well as a double and triple and two RBIS from D.J. Harryman. Tualatin was also plagued by four errors.
The Wolves got a home run from both senior Matt Miller and junior Austin Marsh. Senior Nathan Suyematsu added a triple.
The loss marked the final high school game for Tualatin seniors Suyematsu, Travis Johnson, Gunnar Gustafson, Miller, Brandon Durdel and Nick Bland.