Longhorns smack it around in win

Baseball: Jesse Wantland has a pair of triples in a 15-4 victory over Mt. View
by: Dan Brood TAGGED OUT — Tigard shortstop Tucker Campbell (left) tags out Mountain View’s Anthony Drew in Saturday’s game. The Longhorns won 15-4.

TIGARD - Two triples in one game.

That's a pretty impressive accomplishment.

But, lately for Jesse Wantland, that seems to be just like another day at the ballpark.

Wantland, a Tigard High School senior-to-be, belted a pair of stand-up triples to help lead The Tigard Longhorns OIBA baseball team to a 15-4 win over Mountain View of Vancouver, Wash., in a game played Saturday at Tigard High School.

Wantland also had a pair of triples the night before in a 6-5 victory over Columbia River, Wash.

'The slumbering giant has awoken,' Tigard coach Tom Campbell said with a smile.

'I've felt pretty good the past two games,' Wantland said. 'I had been slumping with my hitting, but I just relaxed and have done well.'

And the Longhorns also have been doing well. With the win over Mountain View, in part of the Oregon-Washington series behind held at Tigard High School, the Tigard team improved to 9-4 on the summer season.

'We're doing OK,' Campbell said. 'We've been playing good defense and have been hitting the ball well.'

Tigard, which was the designated visiting team in Saturday's contest, wasted little time taking charge as it scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Hikaru Mizuno drew a one-out walk and he stole second base to get things going for Tigard. Then, after Erik Lien was hit by a pitch, Mizuno scored the game's first run on a fielder's choice grounder by Jake Biglow.

The Longhorns pushed the lead to 2-0 later in the inning when Biglow scored from second when Mountain View committed an error on a grounder by Wantland.

Tigard tacked on a run to its lead in the top of the second inning. Parker Garland reached first base on a Mountain View error with two outs in the frame. He stole second base and then scored on a clutch single by Kyler Heaston to up the margin to 3-0.

The Longhorns then broke the game open in the top of the third inning. Taylor Bui singled to lead off the frame. Lien drew a one-out walk and Biglow was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Wantland then hit the first of his two triples, clearing the based with a shot to the fence in right-center field. The three-run three-bagger upped the Tigard lead to 6-0. Wantland then scored on a single by Tucker Campbell to make the score 7-0. Campbell would score go on to score on a sacrifice fly by Heaston to cap off the Longhorns' big inning and up the lead to 8-0.

Tigard kept on rolling, getting a run in the fourth when Mizuno scored on a Mountain View error to make the score 9-0.

Wantland, leading off the top of the fifth inning, tripled again, this time going to left-center field.

'I'm just taking it where the pitches are,' Wantland said.

Wantland would go on to score on a grounder by Tucker Campbell to give the Longhorns a double-digit lead at 10-0.

Mountain View scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 10-1.

But Tigard answered back in a big way in the top of the sixth, scoring five more times to claim a 15-1 advantage. Tucker Campbell had the big hit of the frame with a two-run triple to left field. Lien drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, Biglow had an RBI single and Wantland drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Mountain View, getting a home run by Connor Atchison, scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but that was as close as the Thunder got, as the Longhorns wrapped up their 15-4 victory.

'Things are going good,' Wantland said. 'Our pitchers have done well.'

Ryan Bickel, a Tigard junior-to-be, picked up the win on the mound for the Longhorns. In five innings of work, the left-hander gave up one unearned run on three hits while striking out five and walking two.

The Longhorns had 10 hits in the victory. Wantland went 2-for-3 at the plate with his two triples, two runs scored and four RBI.

Tucker Campbell had two hits. Heaston, Bickel, Bui, Garland, Lien and Biglow had one hit apiece. Mizuno scored three runs in addition to having a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt.

Tigard finished up its sweep of Washington teams on Sunday, getting a 9-8 victory over Skyview to move to 10-4 on the season.

The Longhorns open play at the Lake Oswego tournament today (Thursday). The tournament runs through Sunday at Lake Oswego High School.