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Tigard team claims third place

Tigard also wins the Sportsmanship Award at the District 4 tournament
by: DAN BROOD, LOOKING TO TURN TWO — Tigard shortstop Joey Fishback (left) looks to make a throw to first after forcing out Beaverton’s Nick Kristopherson at second base.

LAKE OSWEGO - The Tigard Little League baseball team of 9-10 year-olds finished play at the District 4 tournament on a happy note.

Not only that, but members of the Tigard team also left the tournament with a pair of medals hanging from their necks.

Tigard concluded play at the tourney defeating Beaverton Area 11-3 in the third-place game played Tuesday at Westlake Park. In addition, the Tigard team also received the Sportsmanship Award.

'It was a nice way to finish,' Tigard manager Darrell Ahl said. 'We had a number of goals, and winning the tournament was just one of those. We accomplished a bunch of others. We finished strong and came together as a team.'

Tigard, coming back from a hard-fought 4-3 loss to Lake Oswego in a tourney semifinal game the night before, rebounded in a big way to start Tuesday's third-place game, scoring six times in the top of the first inning.

Shane Rasor and Joey Fishback each drew a walk and Jett Even reached on an error to load the bases with no outs in the opening frame. Jake Biglow then walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring home Rasor with the game's first run.

Even then scored on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Tanner Ahl to make the score 2-0.

Then, after Fishback scored on a throwing error, Joseph Lobbato singled to center, plating Tanner Ahl to up the lead to 4-0.

Patrick Finn then doubled to right-center field, driving in Lobbato to push the margin to 5-0. Even drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning, forcing in Brady McGetrick for Tigard's sixth run of the inning.

Tigard tacked on two more runs in the top of the second inning. Biglow led off the frame with a single to center and he ended up scoring on a wild pitch.

Later in the frame, Finn hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Bradley Imai for Tigard's second run of the inning.

Tigard kept rolling in the third inning, putting three more runs on the scoreboard.

Rasor reached base on an error and he moved to second on a wild pitch to start the frame. Even followed with an RBI single to center field, making the score 9-0.

Even would move to second on a passed ball, advance to third on a wild pitch and then score on a throwing error to give Tigard a double-digit lead. Fishback would score later in the inning on a wild pitch to push Tigard's advantage to 11-0.

Beaverton Area scored a run in the bottom of the third inning, and two more in the fourth to cut the lead to 11-3, but Tigard wouldn't let Beaverton get any closer.

Beaverton loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Fishback, taking the mound in relief, got a foul out and a pop out to end the contest and wrap up Tigard's 6-3 victory.

'We talked about coming back after last night's game,' Darrell Ahl said. 'We talked about finishing strong.'

Daniel Webster picked up the pitching win for Tigard, pitching the first three-plus innings. Biglow also pitched in relief for Tigard.

Tigard had six hits in the third-place game. Biglow and Even each had two hits. Finn and Lobbato added one hit apiece.

Biglow also had a two-run triple in the semifinal game with Lake Oswego. Finn and Tanner Ahl pitched for Tigard.

Soon after receiving their third-place medals on Tuesday, the Tigard players were also given the Sportsmanship Award medals.

'That was something the umpires voted on,' Darrell Ahl said. 'They noticed that we did things the right way. That feels good.'

Other members of the Tigard team include Jesse Bye, Evan Haberle and Michael Skayhan.

Sun Creek ended up winning the District 4 title, beating Lake Oswego 4-1 in Tuesday's championship contest.