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Lakeridge tipped twice by Tigard

Everest Webster turns in complete game in 1-0 loss

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Dutton Elske rounds third base and gets congratulated by coach Marco Tavera after hitting a solo home run that tied the game against Tigard on Monday.It became apparent early. Runs were going to be at a premium.

And, to emerge victorious, one team or the other was going to have to come up with some big plays, or a real big hit.

Unfortunately for Lakeridge, Tigard got both.

And, because of that, the Tigers came away with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Pacers in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.

“That was real intense,” said Lakeridge junior Everest Webster, who turned in a complete-game pitching performance in the contest. “We kept our calm and played real well. One overthrow was it.”

Tigard's Riley Williams gave up just three hits in the first four innings of the game. Webster was even better, as he no-hit the Tigers through the first three frames of the contest.

But Tigard was able to break through in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior Taylor Ott got things started for the Tigers with a one-out infield single — the first hit of the game off of Webster. Ott then moved all the way to third base on a Pacer throwing error on a pickoff attempt.

Wojahn followed that up with an opposite-field double down the right-field line, bringing in Ott to give Tigard a 1-0 lead.

The Pacers threatened to answer back in the top of the fifth inning, as junior Clint Smith drew a one-out walk, and junior Beau Bryant followed with a single to center field, with Smith moving to second base on the hit.

But Tigard junior catcher Sam Nihill then picked Smith off second base, with senior shortstop David Schimmels making the tag.

But the Pacers threatened again in the top of the sixth inning. Senior Dutton Elske drew a one-out walk, and senior Alex Beinavis, pinch-running for Elske, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Tommy Andrew.

Beinavis then tried to move to third when an errant Tigard pickoff throw bounded into center field. But Tigard sophomore center fielder Jaron West scooped up the ball and made a rifle throw to junior third baseman Hunter Hughes, who tagged out Beinavis for the second out of the inning.

The Pacers threatened yet again in the top of the seventh inning. Seniors Jesse Davis and Michael Kuhn each singled, and Elske was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with two outs. But Wojahn, pitching in relief, coaxed a fly-ball out to Brett Thomas in right field, wrapping up Tigard's 1-0 victory.

Webster gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking one in six innings of work for Lakeridge.

“I felt great. I was in my mojo,” Webster said. “And Dutton called a great game.”

Bryant, Kuhn, senior Jared Fitkin, Theo Dover, senior Matt Sporre and Davis each had one hit for the Pacers, with Dover hitting a two-out triple in the second inning.

“We're only going up,” Webster said. “That's all that counts.”

Tigard was able to complete the two-game series sweep of the Pacers, getting a 6-2 win a league game played Monday at Lakeridge High School.

Elske belted a solo home run for Lakeridge in that game. Bryant went 1 for 3 at the plate with a double and an RBI. Senior Connor Rooney went 1 for 12 at the plate and he scored the Pacers' other run.

Lakeridge was scheduled to open a two-game series with Newberg Wednesday with a game at Newberg High School. Results of that game weren't available when the Review went to press.

The teams will finish their series Friday with a 5 p.m. game at Lakeridge High School. On Tuesday, the Pacers will open a three-game series with Canby with a 5 p.m. game at Canby High School.