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Eagles outlast Tualatin for a 5-3 victory

by: David Ball, Centennial pitcher T.J. Anderson started at pitcher before moving to center field in the sixth inning Saturday.

OREGON CITY - Centennial's T.J. Anderson helped the Eagles to take the lead, but wasn't able to stick around to celebrate the team's 5-3 win against Tualatin in the first round of an Oregon City tournament.

Anderson gave up only one hit in five innings on the mound Saturday, and scored a pair of timely runs before having to leave the game in the sixth inning to report to work at G.I. Joe's in Gresham.

Centennial trailed 1-0 early in the game after missing scoring chances with runners at third base in each of the first two innings.

The Eagles broke through in the third when Anderson hit a leadoff single. He slid across home plate to tie the game two batters later on an RBI-single to center field by Eddie Burton.

The Eagles moved in front to stay with a three-run burst in the fourth inning. Dustin Tanquary started the spurt with a triple past the left fielder.

Anderson added a double later in the inning and scored the final run of the rally on a two-run single to right field by Michael Hopp.

'We were getting some timely hits, and it was nice to see some guys produce in those spots,' Centennial manager Brent Child said.

Tualatin closed to within 4-3 in the sixth inning and put the tying run at second base before relief pitcher Jason Littlejohn struck out the last batter to end the threat.

Centennial added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Beau Day led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch.

The Eagles had no trouble in the bottom of the seventh, moving to within one out of the victory when Day tracked down a foul pop-up and made a diving catch in front of Tualatin's dugout.

'I found the ball pretty quick, but I had to go a ways to get it,' Day said. 'I just hustled over there, laid out and caught the ball. That gave us the confidence to finish the game.'

Two batters later, Jake Shoda scooped a grounder at third base to end the game.