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Dawgs nearly play role of streak-busters

The Tualatin American Legion AAA team pushes Southridge to the brink
by: DAN BROOD, TAG, YOU’RE IT — Suburban Door first baseman Alex Rosborough (left) puts the tag on Dr. Barney’s Trent Oleszczuk on a pickoff attempt in last week’s American Legion baseball game played at Tualatin.

TUALATIN - Dr. Barney's was able to continue its winning streak.

But the Suburban Door Dawgs made the Southridge team fight to keep the streak alive.

Dr. Barney's, which brought an 18-game winning streak into the contest, grabbed an early 2-0 lead and then held off the Tualatin-based Suburban Door squad to score a 4-1 win over the Dawgs in a non-league American Legion AAA baseball game played July 5 at Tualatin High School.

'That's a very good team and we gave them a battle,' Suburban Door coach Matt Unis said after the game. 'The kids played hard. We're getting a lot better. We worked through some kinks and now our goal is to be playing our best each day.'

The young Tualatin team, despite the loss to Dr. Barney's, is still having a strong summer, having won seven of its first 10 Zone 7 league contests.

'We're definitely getting better,' said Phil Lancaster, who turned in a strong pitching performance in the game against Dr. Barney's. 'We're playing more as a team now.'

In last week's game, the Southridge squad got a hit, a walk and took advantage of a Suburban Door error to grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Dawgs cut that lead in half, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning.

Mikey Lemon led off that inning for the Tualatin team with a single to center field. Lemon then beat the throw to second following a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Alex Rosborough.

Each runner then moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Peter VanDomelen. Lemon then scored, cutting the lead to 2-1, on a grounder by Hank Iba.

Suburban Door threatened in each of the next four innings, but it couldn't get any closer.

In the third inning, Mitchell Lambson drew a two-out walk for the Dawgs and Woody Toms followed with a single to left. However, Lambson was thrown out at third base on the play for the final out of the inning.

Rosborough singled in the fourth inning for the Dawgs and, in the fifth, Cody Gibson hit a one-out single, but they were each left stranded on base.

However, thanks to Lancaster's strong pitching, the Tualatin team was still trailing by just the 2-1 margin.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lambson and Lemon each singled for the Dawgs, but, again, they couldn't put another run on the scoreboard.

Dr. Barney's, with Lancaster now out of the game, tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning to push its lead to 4-1. Joe Lohner, Trent Oleszczuk and Brett Meyers hit consecutive doubles to account for the two runs.

Dr. Barney's relief pitcher Chance Howard put Suburban Door down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.

'We just needed one or two players to step up and get a key hit today,' Unis said. 'That would have changed the whole game. But we're getting there.'

Lancaster, a Tualatin High senior-to-be, pitched six strong innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits while striking out three and walking three.

'The fastball was working today. I was hitting my spots,' Lancaster said. 'And I had good defense backing me up. I've been throwing a lot this summer. That's been good.'

The Dawgs had seven hits in the game. Lambson and Lemon had two hits while Gibson, Toms and Rosborough each had one.

Last Thursday, Suburban Door started play at the Diamond Classic held at Clackamas High School. The Dawgs beat Redmond 4-2 and they fell 7-2 to Port Angeles, Wash.

Friday, Suburban Door lost 14-0 to Great Falls, Mont., in a tournament contest. The Dawgs bounced back on Saturday to defeat Graham, Wash., 7-3. Saturday, Suburban Door had a 15-5 tourney loss to Redmond.