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Tigers are still seeking consistency

Baseball: After a disappointing loss to Newberg, the Tigers rebound to win 3 straight
by: DAN BROOD, OUT AT HOME — Tigard senior catcher Conor Clark (left) gets ready to tag out Newberg’s Trevor Terranova.

TIGARD - Consistency.

The Tigard baseball team is looking hard to find some.

Less than 24 hours after putting 19 runs on the scoreboard in a 19-1 win at Newberg, the Tigers couldn't come up with a key hit in the clutch as they fell 4-0 to the same Newberg squad in the first game of a Pacific Conference doubleheader played Friday at Tigard High School.

'I don't know what to say,' said Tigard senior Patrick Chabreck, who hit a pair of home runs in the 19-1 victory at Newberg last Thursday and then pitched a solid game in Friday's 4-0 loss. 'Last night we had a different attitude. We got better swings last night - everyone had a lot of confidence. Today, it just didn't happen.'

Tigard, however, came back to earn a split in the doubleheader as it bested Newberg 4-1 in the second game of Friday's twinbill.

With the split, Tigard moved to 5-4 in league games at that point (13-7 overall), putting the Tigers in a tie with Canby for third place in the Pacific Conference standings at that point. The top four teams from the league at the end of the regular season will advance to the Class 6A state playoffs.

'We felt like we need to win all three of these games (with Newberg),' Tigard coach Tom Campbell said after the first game of Friday's doubleheader. 'I hope we can snap out of this.'

Newberg, in Friday's opener, grabbed a quick 1-0 lead as Emmett Ackerland led off the top of the first inning with a home run to right field.

Tigard had a chance to answer back in its half of the inning. Senior Ty Morrison walked to lead off the bottom of the first. Senior Isaiah Ferrer was hit by a pitch and senior Ryan Gorton reached base on a Newberg error to load the bases with no outs.

But Newberg pitcher Chad Dahl got a strikeout and an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play to get out of the jam unscathed.

'To come away with nothing in the first inning really hurt,' Campbell said.

Newberg added two more runs in the third, with the big hit of the frame being an RBI triple by Dahl, to up its lead to 3-0.

Tigard had a chance to cut into that lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chabreck led off the frame with a single to right. He was forced out at second on a fielder's choice grounder. A pickoff at first base accounted for the second out of the inning.

Tiger sophomore Dylan Case then doubled to left. He moved to third on a passed ball. The next Tigard batter, senior Eric Chesnutis, put down what looked to be a possible run-scoring bunt single, but he was called out on a close play at first base.

Newberg pushed its lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning behind an RBI double by Mitch Sturdevant.

Tigard threatened in both the sixth and seventh innings, but couldn't push any runs across. In the sixth, senior Andrew Woolfe was hit by a pitch, Chabreck singled and senior Conor Clark drew a walk. In the seventh, junior Kawika Bernal drew a leadoff walk, Ferrer walked and Gorton loaded the bases with a one-out infield single. But a fly out and a groundout ended the game.

Dahl, in getting the shutout, gave up six hits while striking out three and walking six.

Gorton and Chabreck each had two hits for Tigard, which left 11 runners on base in the contest, and Ferrer and Case added a hit apiece.

Chabreck, in a complete-game pitching performance, gave up seven hits while striking out three and walking one.

'Absolutely we can turn this around,' Chabreck said. 'We need to have better swings of the bat every time we're up there.'

Sophomore Dominic Zandi and Gorton combined to pitch Tigard to the 4-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. Zandi pitched the first three innings. Gorton threw the final four frames, striking out six.

Chabreck went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Chesnutis went 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base. Gorton and Clark also had hits for Tigard.

On Saturday, Tigard scored a 10-2 win over Oregon City in a non-league game played at Tigard High School.

Junior Tommy Mackenzie, Morrison and Ferrer each pitched two innings in the win. Junior Spencer Hansen pitched the final frame. The four combined to strike out 11 Oregon City batters.

Tigard scored eight runs in the first inning. Bernal had a two-run double and Chabreck also doubled in the frame.

Gorton went 2-for-3 with a double. Chabreck went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run and three RBI. Senior David Walker added a two-run single.

On Tuesday, Tigard scored a 7-4 win in a league game at Canby. With that victory, the Tigers improved to 6-4 in Pacific Conference play, putting them in a tie with McMinnville for second place in the league standings.

Canby dropped to 5-5 in league games with the loss.