Advanced Metals takes two in league finale
The eastside summer squad earns a share of the area title
MILWAUKIE The Advanced Metals AAA legion baseball team kept knocking the ball to the outfield fence to power past Taylor Electric 11-7 and 12-1 for a doubleheader sweep in its league finale Saturday.
Advanced Metals, a summer squad comprised of players from Sandy, Gresham and Barlow, broke open a 1-1 deadlock in the fifth inning almost by accident.
Dru Fitz started to trot down the first-base line after watching a pitch curve outside the zone. The only problem was it was only ball three. He returned to the batter's box and traded a potential free pass for extra bases by sending an RBI-triple into the right-field gap. Fitz found his way home moments later on a wild pitch.
Austin Carson followed with a double to center field, while Tyler Wood and Grayson Fenwick added back-to-back singles to stretch the margin to 4-1.
The Advanced Metals AAA legion team did it's part Saturday to stay atop the Area 2 summer baseball standings. But the Eastside Barbers (Madison/Reynolds) matched that feat with a sweep in their finale the next day to force a tie for first place.
Those two teams will square off in a tiebreaker game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty High. The winner earns an automatic spot into the state tournament, while the loser will host a best-of-three qualifier series this weekend.
Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, July 19, print edition.