Tigers need just one hit to get the victory
Softball: Chelsea Biglow's RBI triple in the sixth gives Tigard a 1-0 win over Newberg
TIGARD - The Tigard High School softball team knew that it absolutely had to have a win.
But, going into the sixth inning of their game with Newberg, the Tigers didn't even have a base hit.
Chelsea Biglow took care of both of those situations.
Biglow, a Tiger sophomore, belted a clutch, two-out triple - Tigard's first and only hit of the game - to drive in freshman Erin Nyberg to provide the winning run in the Tigers' 1-0 victory in a Pacific Conference game played Monday at Tigard High School.
'We needed a hit real badly,' Biglow said. 'And I didn't want to go to extra innings.'
With the win, Tigard improved to 4-5 in Pacific Conference play. Newberg dropped to 0-10 in league games.
Tigard's 4-5 league record puts the Tigers in fifth place in the Pacific Conference standings. But they are just a half game behind Canby and Forest Grove, who are tied for third place at 5-5 and they trail second-place Tualatin by one game. The top four teams will advance to play in the Class 6A state playoffs.
'This was a game we had to win,' Tigard coach Gary Edwards said. 'We escaped. If we would have lost this one, we could have been out of the playoffs.'
Monday's game turned into a pitchers' duel between Newberg junior Casey Bearden and Tigard junior Ashley Suter.
Bearden didn't allow Tigard to get a hit until Biglow's game-winning triple in the sixth inning. She finished the game with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Suter also pitched a gem. In getting the complete-game shutout victory, she allowed just two hits while striking out eight and walking none.
Newberg had its biggest threat of the game in the top of the first inning. Newberg leadoff batter Sarah Nielsen reached base on an error to start the contest. But she was thrown out trying to steal second by Tigard freshman catcher Kelsey Kaelin.
Later in the inning, Bearden hit a two-out double to center, but Suter got an inning-ending pop out to get out of the jam.
Newberg would have only one base runner the rest of the game.
But Tigard wasn't finding things any easier.
Suter drew a walk to lead off the second inning, but Tigard couldn't take advantage of that scoring opportunity. Tigard senior Meredith Masters walked to lead off the bottom of the third inning, but she was left stranded.
But, in the sixth, Tigard was able to break through. Nyberg was hit by a pitch with two outs in the inning. Biglow followed with her line-drive triple to the fence in right-center field.
'I was just trying to get the ball out of the infield,' Biglow said. 'I was very happy when I saw it go in the gap, and I was real glad that Erin scored.'
Suter, and the Tigard defense, put Newberg down in order in the seventh to wrap up the victory.
Prior to the win over Newberg, Tigard posted a 9-3 victory at Canby on Friday.
Tiger senior Heidi Pizer went 2-for-4 at the plate in that victory with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBI. Sophomore Katie Aden also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Masters went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs.
Nyberg had a hit and three RBI and Biglow drove in two runs. Freshman Abby Fatland scored three times.