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Timberwolves clinch league championship


Tualatin gets win at McMinnville to wrap things up

TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School baseball team made it official.

Then, the Timberwolves kept right on rolling.

Tualatin wrapped up sole possession of the Pacific Conference championship by getting a 3-2, nine-inning win over McMinnville in a league game played May 1 at Patton Middle School in McMinnville. The Wolves followed that up by getting a home win over the Grizzlies on Friday and a road victory over Newberg on Tuesday.

“Our kids are really focused in right now,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “They have a knack of finding a way of getting it done.”

With the three wins, Tualatin improved to 15-1 in Pacific Conference play and to 19-5 on the season.

The big win for the Wolves was last week’s extra-inning, title-clinching victory at McMinnville.

“That was exciting,” Strachan said. “It was a playoff atmosphere.”

Sophomore Jacob Bennett pitched Tualatin to that victory. He threw all nine innings, giving up just three hits. He was perfect over the final five frames.

Tualatin scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. Junior Cooper Brunner reached first base on a McMinnville error to start the frame. He stole second and then he scored when McMinnville committed a throwing error following a fielder’s choice grounder by junior Jake Gellos.

Tualatin followed up that victory by bouncing the Grizzlies 14-1 in a game played Friday at Tualatin High School.

“Our kids had a great approach at the plate in that game,” Strachan said.

Bennett led the hitting attack, going 4 for 4 at the plate. Senior Andrew Schlottmann went 3 for 3. Sophomore Karter Cook picked up the pitching victory, giving up one run on one hit in five innings of work.

On Tuesday, the Wolves scored a 7-1 victory over Newberg in a league game played Tuesday at Newberg High School.

Senior Jack McDowell picked up the pitching victory, striking out seven in seven innings of work.

Bennett went 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Junior Joey Fishback went 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

The Wolves were scheduled to host Newberg in a Pacific Conference finale on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

Tualatin will be back in action next Thursday when its hosts Westview in a non-league game. The Wolves will open the Class 6A state playoffs on May 20.