One run is enough for Tigard
The Tigers outduel Lakeridge to get a 1-0 TRL win
TIGARD 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.
Tigard got both.
And, because of that, the Tigers came away with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lakeridge in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.
This was pretty big, said Tigard junior catcher Sam Nihill, who had one of the big defensive plays of the game, picking a Lakeridge runner off second base. This puts us above .500 in league.
We'll take it, said Tigard junior Connor Wojahn, who doubled in the game's only run, in addition to picking up the save on the mound. This was a good win.
A win is a win, Nihill added with a smile.
Lakeridge, which got a standout complete-game pitching performance from junior right-hander Everest Webster in the contest, moved to 1-2 in TRL play (4-7 overall), putting the Pacers in a tie for fifth place in the league standings.
That was real intense, Webster said. We kept our calm and played real well. One overthrow was it.
With the victory, Tigard improved to 2-1 in TRL games (8-3 overall), putting the Tigers in a tie for second place in the league standings.
This is one tough league, Wojahn said. This pitching is great. There are no holes.
Speaking of pitching, Webster and Tigard junior right-hander Riley Williams locked up in a pitchers' duel right from the start of Friday's game.
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.
After the pickoff play, where we got a runner to third, I was just thinking I had to get him in any way I could, Wojahn said.
The Lakers 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 Nihill then picked Smith off second base, with senior shortstop David Schimmels making the tag.
The coaches told me that when a batter misses a bunt, to always throw behind the baserunner, Nihill said of the play. And David Schimmels made a great tag.
Junior Zane Woodard, pitching in relief for Tigard, got a fly ball out to end the inning.
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.
Belnavis 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 Belnavis 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.
I just stayed calm, Wojahn said. I felt like I was in control. I didn't try to do too much, and I was on the same page as Sammy.
Our pitching was the big thing, Nihill said.
Williams, pitching the first four innings of the game for Tigard, gave up three hits, while striking out two and walking one. Woodard, throwing one and a third innings, gave up just one hit. Wojahn, pitching the final one and two-thirds innings, gave up two hits, while striking out three and walking one.
Wojahn also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and the game's only RBI. Ott had Tigard's only other hit of the game. Hughes drew a walk and had a stolen base.
For Lakeridge, Webster gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking one.
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.
The teams will finish their two-game league series Monday with a 5 p.m. game at Lakeridge High School.