Longhorns tune up for the playoffs
The Tigard OIBA team will first face Sunset in best-of-three series
TIGARD - The postseason is approaching.
The Longhorns say they're ready.
Well, the opportunistic Tigard OIBA baseball team certainly seemed to be prepared for high level of play as it scored a 5-4 win over Dr. Barney's from Southridge in the first game of a doubleheader played Saturday at Tigard High School.
'I think we're poised to make a good run,' Tigard shortstop Tucker Campbell said after the game. 'We finished first in our division, so we've got a good set-up. We just need to keep getting good pitching, play solid defense and get some hitting.'
'I think we're ready,' Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. 'We've been getting better hitting and playing solid defense. Our pitching has been consistent.'
Tigard, the Olin Division champion, will open postseason play with a best-of-three series against Platt Electric from Sunset High School.
The first game of the series will be played Friday at Sunset High School, starting at 7 p.m. The series will resume Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon at Tigard High School. The teams will play both games on Sunday no matter the outcome of the first two games of the series.
Tigard, no matter if it wins or loses the series with Sunset, will advance to play in the 16-team, double-elimination season-ending tournament that will be held Wednesday through July 31 at Sunset and Lakeridge high schools.
If Tigard wins the best-of-three series with Sunset, it will open tournament play Wednesday with a first-round game starting at 7 p.m. at Sunset High School. If Tigard loses the best-of-three series with Sunset, it will open tourney play Wednesday with a first-round game starting at 10 a.m. at Sunset High School.
No matter when they play, the Longhorns are looking to make plenty of noise at the OIBA tournament.
'We're hoping we can win it all,' Tucker Campbell said. 'I'd be happy with we play the best that we can. So far, it's been a fun summer. We've had a lot of guys step up. A couple of freshman, Bruin (Campbell) and Jake (Biglow) have done a great job.'
The Longhorns got off to a fast start in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader, where each game shortened to five innings.
After Tigard starting pitcher Brody Parsons shut down Dr. Barney's in the top of the first inning, the Longhorns struck for four runs in the bottom of the frame.
Parker Garland got things started in the big opening inning with a leadoff double down the right-field line. Garland then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Hikaru Mizuno and then he scored the game's first run when the Southridge team committed an error on a ball it by Erik Lien.
Lien, who reached second base on the error, stole third base and then scored on a wild pitch to up the early Tigard lead to 2-0.
Jesse Wantland, Tucker Campbell and Bruin Campbell then drew consecutive walks to load the bases with one out. Parsons followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Wantland to make the score 3-0.
Robby Chabreck kept things going with an infield single, which loaded the bases again. Tucker Campbell then scored on a passed ball to give the Longhorns a 4-0 lead.
The Southridge team came roaring back in the top of the third inning. A pair of walks and a single by Chandler Whitney loaded the bases with nobody out. Tanner Green then ripped a bases-clearing double to center field, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Parsons avoided any further damage, ending the inning with a strikeout, a groundout and a pop out.
But Dr. Barney's tied the game in the fourth inning when Alex Beekman hit a one-out double and then scored on a two-out double by Jacob Zanon to tie the game at 4-4.
The contest was still knotted up at 4-4 when Tigard came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lien walked to lead off the frame. Wantland followed with a line-drive single to right field and Tucker Campbell had a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out.
Bruin Campbell then hit a grounder to the shortstop, Lien beat the throw to the plate to end the game and give the Longhorns the 5-4 victory.
'We started off hot. We've been doing that a lot,' Tucker Campbell said. 'We score when we need to score.'
Tigard had five hits - one each by Parker Garland, Chabreck, Wantland, Tucker Campbell and Bruin Campbell - in the win.
Parsons pitched all five innings for the Longhorns, striking out three batters.
Dr. Barney's scored an 8-3 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
On Monday, Tigard scored a 10-3 win over Gresham and fell 9-4 to Central Catholic.