Hilhi returns from Arizona tourney

A tie? A tie? Baseball doesn’t have ties.

Except for when it does, as the Hillsboro baseball team experienced last Thursday over spring break at a tournament in Arizona.

Playing in their final game at the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix, the Spartans translated four doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning into four runs against Air Academy of Colorado before the game ended in a 10-10 tie.

“We had the game-winning run at third base, and we had a fly ball to the outfield that the outfielder ran down,” Hilhi coach Matt Bailie said. “That’s how the game ended. We didn’t have any more time to play.”

The game started at 9:30 a.m. local time and was creeping up on the three-hour mark — despite not yet reaching extra innings — before being halted due to time constraints. Ties do happen, Bailie said, in tournament settings, though he could not recall the last stalemate in which he had been involved.

Interestingly, Hilhi is one of eight schools in Oregon that entered this week with ties in their season records, though only the Spartans’ came against an out-of-state opponent. Tualatin and Clackamas played to a tie on Tuesday, Beaverton and Central Catholic tied each other on March 23, and Tillamook, Brookings-Harbor and Taft in Class 4A have all recorded ties.

The tournament gave the Spartans a chance to face some solid competition ahead of league play, which starts next Tuesday against Forest Grove. Three opponents, Bailie said, were ranked in the top 10 in Colorado. In all, Hilhi posted a 1-2-1 record, picking up a 2-1 victory against Legend and dropping a 5-2 decision to Highlands Ranch and a 10-4 game to Dakota Ridge.

“Any time that ... we’ve gone to Arizona, we typically play teams that are better than us,” Bailie noted. “Even though we might lose a game or tie a game, we’re getting better. We’re facing league-quality guys, some guys that would be pitchers of the year in our league, in the preseason. It definitely allows us to see better pitching and get some quality at-bats in and prepare ourselves for league play.”

The Spartans also had time for some fun while enjoying the warm weather in Arizona. The team went on a tour of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor-league complex and big-league stadium, and also took in an Arizona-Arizona State baseball game.

“Overall, I think it was a fun trip,” Bailie said. “Everybody got to play, and we just had a good overall time.”

New roller derby league debuts

Long a popular sport in the area, roller derby is coming to Hillsboro.

Founded last October, the Air Raid Roller Girls will make their season debut on Saturday in a bout against Albany’s Sick Town Derby Dames. The bout is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Skate World.

Admission to this week’s bout is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The event will include a halftime performance by the Hillsboro High School dance team H3, as well as beer from local brewery Vertigo Brewing.

Additional upcoming Air Raid bouts include May 24 against Storm City Roller Girls at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash.; May 31 against Emerald City Roller Girls at Lane Events Center in Eugene; and June 21 against Storm City at Hillsboro Skate World.

For more information about the league, which is skater-owned and operated, go to

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