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Tide go 2-1 in tourney


Glencoe drops first game before taking two in a row

As tournament hosts, the Crimson Tide acquitted themselves nicely by going 2-1 in the Glencoe Spring Break Tournament, staged last week at Hillsboro Stadium.

After dropping its first game of the tourney, a 6-5 decision to David Douglas, Glencoe responded by winning its next two games, 6-3 against Astoria and 7-4 against Madison.

“We’re challenging the kids to play seven innings of baseball,” Glencoe coach Tim Stewart said about his squad, which improved to 3-6 at tournament’s end. “After we got through with our first game there against David Douglas, we played 13, 14 innings of good, solid baseball, where we hit the ball all right and situationally we did things that we wanted to do and played great defensively. It’s definitely a step forward and we have a ways to go, but the tournament was a good sign, for sure.”

The Tide were their own worst enemies against the Scots, turning a 4-1 lead into 6-4 deficit in the sixth inning.

“For the most part we played all right and then had a miscue inning where we allowed base runners to advance and got base runners on, so it was a little more than we could handle,” Stewart recalled.

But the team responded by posting two come-from-behind wins over the next two days. Against Astoria, Glencoe scored five runs total in the fifth and sixth innings to get some breathing room behind the pitching of Brandon Dunn.

“We played seven full innings of baseball where we threw it pretty well on the mound and swung it all right with the sticks and played good defense,” Stewart said. “That’s kind of what we’re striving for as a team.”

The next day, the Crimson Tide gave up some walks early and spotted Madison a 3-0. But they rallied relatively quickly, tying the score in the third inning and then pouring on four more in the fourth. After struggling early on the mound, Brady Miller settled in and pitched four innings, Kyle Campbell earned the win, and Randy Swazye came in late for the save.

“Randy Swazye’s really kind of our go-to offensive guy right now,” Stewart said. “He’s hitting well over .400 and has had a terrific offseason, which is great going into the regular season play.”

Kyle Flaig also played well in the tournament, contributing four hits in the three games.

Glencoe opened up Pacific Conference play on Tuesday with an 11-2 loss to Tigard on the road. The Tide were scheduled to play the Tigers again on Wednesday (after press deadline), this time at home, and are slated to host Century at home at 5 p.m. today.

Stewart said overall he has been happy with his team’s play against non-conference opponents, but also that his players need to get their bats going a bit more and the pitchers need to throw strikes.

Said Stewart: “If that’s the case, then we can become a pretty well-rounded baseball team that’s going to win some games.”