Tualatin City finishes in a thriller

TC is edged, 5-4, but Sun Creek in the District 4 tourney third-place contest
by: DAN BROOD, SHERIDAN SLIDES IN — Tualatin’ City’s Jaqueline Sheridan (bottom) slides safely to third base during TC’s game with Sun Creek at the District 4 tournament.

PORTLAND - The Tualatin City Little League all-star softball team of 9-10 year-olds saw its tournament stay end with an exciting contest.

Tualatin City concluded play at the District 4 tournament with a 5-4 loss to Sun Creek in the tourney third-place game played Saturday at Alpenrose Dairy.

'It was a fun tournament,' Tualatin City manager Joelle Fanger said after the game. 'The girls had a really good time. Today, we just didn't hit the ball. You can't score when you don't hit.'

Tualatin City won three of its six games at the tournament. TC went 3-1 in pool play before falling 7-2 to Tigard in a tourney semifinal game last Thursday.

'Being pulled out of the championship game had the girls bummed,' Fanger said. 'It was hard for them to come back.'

Still, Tualatin City scored four runs in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead in Saturday's third-place tournament contest.

Madison Campbell ignited the big inning for TC with a leadoff bunt single. She moved to second on a passed ball and then advanced to third base on a wild pitch.

Campbell then scored the game's first run on a wild pitch on ball four to Madison Hall.

Hall would then move to third base on back-to-back wild pitches and she scored, upping the margin to 2-0, on a bunt single by Jasmine Suyematsu.

Emily Barry then drew a walk and Britta Hall reached on another bunt single to load the bases. One out later, Suyematsu scored on a groundout by Shelby Doering to make the score 3-0.

Barry would score later in the inning, when Beth Fanger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, to give Tualatin City its 4-0 lead.

Tualatin City threatened again in the third inning, getting a walk from Madison Hall and a single from Britta Hall, but they were left stranded.

Tualatin City also left two batters on base in the top of the fifth inning, as Madison Hall walked and Brittany Duford singled, but TC couldn't score again.

But, behind the pitching of Suyematsu and Dunford, and thanks to some strong defense, Tualatin City was still leading 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. Jacqueline Sheridan, playing at third base, had a big play on defense for TC in the third inning. Sun Creek had the bases loaded with two out. Sheridan then made a running scoop of a ground ball and made a quick throw home for the third out of the inning.

Sun Creek, however, was able to come back in the fifth inning. Taking advantage of seven walks, Sun Creek tied the game at 4-4 going into the sixth inning.

Doering, leading off the top of the sixth for TC, hit a hard line drive to center field. But Sun Creek center fielder Christina Yuell made a running, reaching catch to rob Doering of a hit.

TC's next two batters, Sheridan and Beth Fanger, each walked, but Sun Creek pitcher Shana Lachitel struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lachitel led off with a single and the next three Sun Creek batters each walked, bringing in Lachitel with the winning run.

Other members of the TC team are Gaby Correa and Madelline Powelson. Michele Powelson is a team coach.