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Ball doesn't bounce Tigard's way

The ages 9-10 baseball team is off to a 1-1 start in District 4 tourney play
by: DAN BROOD, TIGARD TWOSOME — Tigard’s Evan Haberle (left) and Jake Biglow scored the team’s first two runs in Tuesday’s game at the District 4 Tournament.

LAKE OSWEGO - The ball didn't quite bounce Tigard's way on Tuesday.

But, that's OK, the team already had one win under its belt, and there's plenty more baseball to play - and a district title to battle for.

The Tigard Little League baseball team of 9-10 year olds moved to 1-1 in pool play at the District 4 tournament with a 14-4 setback to Sunset Park in a tournament game played Tuesday at Westlake Park.

'It seemed like a lot of little things didn't go our way today,' Tigard manager Darrell Ahl said after the game. 'Our pitchers battled and kept us in the game, but we didn't get the rally that we usually get.'

Tigard got off to a good start in Tuesday's tournament game, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to grab a quick 2-0 lead.

Evan Haberle got things started for Tigard with a leadoff single to center field. Two outs later, Jake Biglow and Tanner Ahl drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

Jett Even then came through in the clutch with a single to center, plating both Haberle and Biglow to give Tigard its 2-0 advantage.

Sunset Park scored a run in its half of the first to make the score 2-1. Sunset Park then added six runs in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 7-2.

Tigard got a bit closer with a run in the top of the third inning. Joey Fishback and Biglow each walked to start the frame and Tanner Ahl followed with a single to load the bases with no out. Even then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Fishback to cut the lead to 7-3.

But Sunset Park answered back with three runs in its half of the inning to push the margin to 10-3.

Tigard tried to rally again, scoring another run in the fourth inning. Shane Rasor led off the inning with an infield single and he moved to second on a single by Haberle.

One out later, Rasor scored on a groundout by Fishback to make the score 10-4. Tigard could have got even closer, but Sunset Park's right fielder made a nice inning-ending catch on a deep fly ball off the bat of Biglow.

However, Sunset Park put the game away with a four-run bottom of the fourth, making the final score 14-4.

'We have a pretty good offense most days, but, today, we just couldn't string the hits together,' Darrell Ahl said. 'And their pitcher did a pretty good job.'

Tigard's Patrick Finn, pitching in relief, recorded six strikeouts in the contest.

Tigard opened the tournament on Monday by scoring a 15-3 win over Raleigh Hills.

Fishback pitched the first three innings of the game for Tigard, giving up just three runs on three hits while walking none. He then moved to shortstop and turned a double play.

Jesse Bye and Tanner Ahl each pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the win.

Tigard shined on defense in the victory, right down to the last play of the game when it got a Raleigh Hills runner out, 9-4-2-5-1, in a rundown that went from Daniel Webster to Rasor to Biglow to Bradley Imai to Tanner Ahl.

Tanner Ahl also had two hits in the win.

'We got contributions from all 13,' Darrell Ahl said.

Tigard was scheduled to face Cedar Mill in a pool play game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

Tigard will be back in action at the tournament on Saturday when it faces Sun Creek in a game starting at 10 a.m. at Westlake Park.

Tournament bracket play begins on Sunday. The tourney semifinal games will be played at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Westlake Park.

On Tuesday, the third-place game will be played at 5 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 7:30 p.m.