Tigers learn a lesson and get the win

Baseball: Tigard picks up its second league win with 3-2 victory over Forest Grove
by: DAN BROOD, BACK TO THE BAG — Tigard junior Isaiah Ferrer (right) dives back to the base before Forest Grove first baseman Jake Freeman can make the tag. Ferrer hit a solo home run in Tigard’s 3-2 victory.

TIGARD - It just may have been a win-win situation for the Tigard baseball team.

Not only did the Tigers pick up a 3-2 victory in their Pacific Conference game with Forest Grove last Thursday at Tigard High School, but they also may have learned a valuable lesson that could help them.

You see, the one-run victory over the Vikings came just three days after Tigard scored a 22-5 win over the same Forest Grove team. The Tigers are the first to admit they didn't come out ready to play in last Thursday's rematch.

'We had the wrong attitude today. We were saying `it's just Forest Grove,'' said Tigard junior shortstop Isaiah Ferrer, who hit a home run in the victory. 'We'll learn a lot from this. We'll come out ready to play.'

With the win, Tigard moved to 2-0 in league play (11-1 overall) at that point. Forest Grove dropped to 0-2 in league play at that point with the setback.

'We have to do a better job, mentally, getting ready,' Tigard coach Shawn Alderman said. 'We have to learn from this. We did get a great game from K.C. Wiser, and we did play good defense, but we didn't have a good game on offense.'

Wiser, Tigard's 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher, picked up the victory on the mound. In five innings of work, Wiser gave up two runs on two hits while striking out eight and walking four. Junior Ryan Gorton pitched two scoreless innings to record the save.

Tigard grabbed a quick 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Gorton led off the frame with an infield single. He stole second and moved to third on Andrew Woolfe's one-out single to center.

Gorton would go on to score the game's first run when senior Miles Kreisberg drew a bases-loaded walk.

Ferrer upped the Tiger lead to 2-0 when he hit a solo home run just inside the right-field foul pole with one out in the bottom of the third inning.

'I didn't know it was going to go out,' Ferrer said of his second home run of the season. 'I wasn't going for the pole. If it happens, it happens. I've been trying to improve my hitting this year.'

Forest Grove, taking advantage of an infield single by Jake Freeman, a wild pitch and an error, scored a run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 2-1. Ferrer helped prevent any further damage as he turned an inning-ending 6-3 double play after fielding a ground ball off the bat of Viking senior Brooks Baumgartner.

'The ball just came up on me and I was able to control it,' Ferrer said. '(Senior second baseman Jake) Harbolt told me to take it myself.'

However, the Vikings came back to tie the game, at 2-2, in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Joey Flannery.

Tigard answered back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.

Ferrer led off with a first-pitch single to left field. He then moved all the way to third on a ground-rule double to right-center field. An intentional walk to Harbolt loaded the bases with no outs. Ferrer then scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a groundout by Kreisberg.

'It was a team effort,' Ferrer said. 'Andrew had a real big hit.'

Tigard, as a team, had six base hits in the victory. Ferrer and Woolfe each had two hits.

The Tigers weren't able to sweep the season series with Forest Grove, as the Viking scored a 7-2 win over Tigard in a league game played Friday at Forest Grove High School.

The Tigers bounced back in a big way, jumping out to a 17-1 lead on their way to posting a 17-5 victory over McMinnville in a league contest played Monday at Tigard High School.

Kreisberg pitched the first five innings to get the win on the mound. Ferrer and junior Conor Clark each doubled for the Tigers in the victory.

Tigard, which improved to 3-1 in league play with the win over McMinnville, moved into a tie with Canby for first place in the Pacific Conference standings.