Tigard takes Bend tournament by storm
- JONATHAN GORDON
- The Times - Sports
Softball: The Tigers score a total of 50 runs on their way to posting a 3-1 record at the two-day event
BEND - Tigard High School freshman Chelsea Biglow finished with 10 hits in 14 at-bats, adding two triples and nine runs batted in, as the Tigers posted a 3-1 record at a softball tournament held Monday and Tuesday in Bend.
Tigard cruised to its three wins, outscoring Class 5A opponents Crescent Valley (8-0), Silverton (16-1) and Mountain View (17-0). The Tigers' lone loss in the tournament was a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Class 6A foe Sheldon.
Tigard's offense rattled the bats for 50 runs and 58 hits in four games, outscoring its four opponents by a 50-11 margin. The Tigers batted .479 as a team on the weekend, led by the performances of Biglow and junior Heidi Pizer.
Biglow and Pizer were two of four Tigard players to score seven runs in the tournament, and that duo each drove in nine runs over the course of the event.
In Monday's tournament opener at Summit High School, Tigard scored two runs in the first inning and four more in the third to build a 6-0 lead over Crescent Valley of Corvallis. The Tigers outhit the Raiders by a 12-2 count for the game.
Senior Katie Alexander and sophomore Ashley Suter split time in the pitching circle, surrendering one hit apiece, and the duo combined for 15 strikeouts - Alexander had five in three innings while Suter totaled 10 in four innings of work.
Against Sheldon, four high-scoring half innings were the story of the game, and the Irish used a pair of four-run frames to steal a 10-9 victory. After the Tigers had scored three tuns in the first inning, Sheldon responded with four of its own to take a one-run lead. Tigard seized the lead back in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a five-run outburst, and Tigard led 9-6 entering the bottom of the fifth. However, Sheldon pieced together a four-run inning with help from a Tiger error, and consecutive two-out hits. The game was called due to the time limit in the bottom of the fifth after Sheldon scored the winning run.
The top third of the Tigard lineup was especially productive against Sheldon, combining for eight of the Tigers' 11 hits. Senior second baseman Erica Hansen went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, while fellow senior Alex Tucker went 2-for-4 with a home run and Pizer drove in three runs with a pair of hits.
In Tuesday's action against Silverton and Mountain View, Biglow was a perfect 7-for-7 with seven RBI and the Tigers combined for 33 runs and 35 hits in routing the Foxes and Cougars.
Against Silverton, Tigard scored four runs in the second and nine tallies in the third to take a 13-1 lead, and then finished off Silverton with three insurance counters in the bottom of the fourth.
Eight of Tigard's nine starting hitters finished with at least one hit, including four safeties, three runs scored, and three RBI from Biglow. She finished with three singles and a double, while Tucker (3-for-4), Pizer (2-for-3), junior Claire Kamery (3-for-4), junior Meredith Masters (2-for-4), and senior Diana Hays (2-for-2) also had multiple-hit games. Tucker had a three-run triple to highlight Tigard's nine-run third inning, while Kamery totaled three singles. Hays had RBI singles in both of her at-bats, while Masters singled in her first two at-bats.
In the pitching circle, Alexander scattered just three hits and struck out five in the five-inning contest, improving her record to 4-2 on the season.
In the tournament's final game on Tuesday, Tigard used a 12-run third inning to ease to a 17-0 victory over host Mountain View of Bend.
The Tigers scored at least once in each of their four innings at bat, pounding out 17 hits. Biglow continued her hot hitting with a 3-for-3 outing, scoring three times and driving in four, collecting a pair of triples in the process. Tucker and Pizer each went 3-for-4 on the game, scoring two and three runs, respectively, while Pizer hit her first home run of the season in the third inning.
Suter (4-0) had no problems containing the Mountain View offense, limiting the Cougars to just two hits while striking out five over five innings.
Prior to the tournament, Tigard scored a 6-0 win over St. Mary's in a game played last Thursday at Delta Park.
Biglow went 4-for-4 at the plate while Masters and Krista McCord added key RBI. Freshman Katie Aden picked up the save and Alexander recorded her third win of the season. Combined they struck out 16, walked two and allowed one hit.
Tigard will be back in action next Thursday when it plays at McMinnville.