Tualatin picks up the win in league opener

Baseball: Mitchell Lambson throws a no-hitter in the Wolves' 2-1 victory over Canby

CANBY - The Tualatin High School baseball team lost some tough, close games to Canby last year.

In Tuesday's Pacific Conference opener, the Timberwolves and Cougars played another tough, hard-fought close game. But, as opposed to last year when Canby swept the teams' three-game series, the Timberwolves came out on top this time.

Tualatin got its league slate off to a winning start by scoring s 2-1 win over the Cougars in a game played at Canby High School.

'It was an excellent game and a good for us to start league,' Tualatin coach Matt Unis said. 'For us, Canby has always been a difficult series, so to win the first game against them is a bit of a relief.'

Senior Mitchell Lambson pitched a no-hitter to lead the Wolves to the win. He struck out five Canby batters in the win and got plenty of help from his Timberwolf teammates.

'We had some excellent defensive play,' Unis said.

Junior second baseman Zach McPherson made one of those plays, snagging a back-hand grounder while running toward the bag and making the throw to first for the out. Sophomore center fielder Brandon Snyder made a diving catch of a fly ball in the gap in right-center field.

Tualatin took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when McPherson scored on a bases-loaded grounder by junior Brad Alvarez.

Canby tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning without the benefit of a base hit. The Cougars, with two batters being hit by pitches and with a catcher's interference call, loaded the bases and then got their run on a fielder's choice grounder.

Tualatin regained the lead in the top of the fifth when McPherson doubled and eventually scored on an RBI single by Alvarez.

The teams were scheduled to play the second game of their three-game series Wednesday at Tualatin High School. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

On Friday, the teams will complete their series with a 5 p.m. game at Canby High School. On Tuesday, the Wolves travel to Newberg for a 5 p.m. league contest.