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Tigers come up with a way to win

Baseball: Tigard, despite giving up 15 walks, scores a 10-8 win over Oregon City
by: DAN BROOD, ON THE RUN — Tigard senior second baseman Josh Harbolt runs down a fly ball in shallow right field in the second inning of the Tigers’ 10-8 win over Oregon City.

TIGARD - Sometimes you just have to find a way to win.

The Tigard High School baseball team seems to already have found that out.

The Tigers, overcoming 15 walks issued by their pitchers, remained unbeaten on the early season by scoring a 10-8 win over Oregon City in a non-league game played last Thursday at Tigard High School.

'It's not the way you want to win, but we got it done,' said Tigard senior second baseman Josh Harbolt. 'We'll find a way to win, no matter what.'

With the win, Tigard moved its early season record to 2-0.

'We're happy to start off with some wins,' Harbolt said. 'It's important. It boosts our spirits. We're a hard-working team, and we've got great chemistry. It's just a matter of time before we play great baseball.'

And, in the Tigers' first two games, they've already shown they can find different ways to win. In the team's season-opener, a 3-2 nine-inning win over Beaverton back on March 12, Tigard got strong pitching from Miles Kreisberg and Axel Cederberg. In the victory over Oregon City, it was the Tigers' offense and aggressive baserunning that led to the victory.

'We made way too many mistakes,' Tigard coach Shawn Alderman said. 'But we hit the ball well and ran well.'

The Tigers broke open a scoreless game with a seven-run bottom of the second inning.

Junior Axel Cederberg drew a leadoff walk to get the big inning started.

Senior Miles Kreisberg followed with a single to center. Then, after Cederberg stole third base, Harbolt ripped a single to left to drive in Cederberg with the game's first run.

Junior Isaiah Ferrer was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Junior Conor Clark then hit an RBI single to left, plating Kreisberg to up the Tigard lead to 2-0.

Senior Jim Blood then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Harbolt. Junior Ryan Gorton then blasted a ground-rule double on a ball that one-hopped the fence in center field. Ferrer and Clark both scored on the double, increasing the lead to 5-0.

Blood scored on a groundout by junior Patrick Chabreck and Gorton scored on a wild pitch to complete the Tigers' big inning.

Oregon City, taking advantage of three walks and getting RBI singles by David Greenstein and Jay Kirchoffer, scored four times in the top of the fourth inning to cut the Tigard lead to 7-4.

Tigard answered back with a run in the bottom of the frame. Gorton led off the inning with a single to center and ended up scoring on a groundout by Andrew Woolfe to make the score 8-4.

Each team added a run in the fifth inning. The Pioneers got theirs on a bases-loaded walk. For Tigard, Ferrer reached on a one-out bunt single and ended up scoring on a groundout by Gorton to give Tigard a 9-5 advantage.

The Tigers added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cederberg drew a one-out walk and he moved to second on a single to left by Kreisberg. Harbolt followed with his own single to left, driving in Cederberg to up the lead to 10-5.

But Oregon City came fighting back in the top of the seventh. The Pioneers put three runs on the scoreboard to cut the lead to 10-8 and they loaded the bases with two outs in the frame.

But Gorton, pitching in relief, got a game-ending strikeout to wrap up the Tigard victory.

'The offense was good, but we walked too many,' Alderman said. 'The kids are working real hard and we'll get better.'

Gorton went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI. Harbolt went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI.

'I was happy to get some hits,' he said. 'I hope today will get me jump-started.'

Kreisberg and Clark had three singles apiece. Cederberg had two runs scored and a stolen base to go with his triple. Woolfe had two hits and an RBI. Ferrer scored twice.

Senior K.C. Wiser picked up the pitching win for Tigard. He started the game and didn't allow a hit while striking out four and walking eight in three and two-thirds innings of work.

Tigard was scheduled to host Westview in a non-league game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.