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Tigard's season ends with 2-1 loss in state playoff tilt

by: VERN UYETAKE - BRING THE HEAT -- Tigard senior pitcher Robby Chabreck fires a pitch to the plate during Monday's state playoff game at Lake Oswego High School. The Tigers were edged 2-1. LAKE OSWEGO — The Tigard High School baseball team got off to a roaring start in its state playoff game with Lake Oswego.

And, for the longest time, it looked like that roaring start might be enough to get the Tigers a postseason victory.

But it wasn’t.

Tigard, after taking a 1-0 lead on a first-inning home run by junior Nick Duron, fell 2-1 to the Lakers, who got both of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Monday at Lake Oswego High School.

“We just couldn’t get the last three outs,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said.

Lake Oswego, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, improved to 21-7 on the season with the victory. The Lakers also advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, where they hosted Central Catholic in a game scheduled for Wednesday.

Tigard, the No. 4 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 14-14.

The Tigers, in Monday’s playoff game at Lake Oswego, grabbed a quick 1-0 advantage when Duron hammered a line-drive home run over the fence in left field.

Tigard also got a one-out double by junior Bruin Campbell in the opening frame, but the Tigers weren’t able to add on to their early lead.

However, behind some strong pitching by senior Robby Chabreck, it looked like the one run the Tigers got might be enough.

Chabreck, a right-hander, shut out the Lakers on four hits over the first six innings of the game, preserving Tigard’s 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Junior Harrison Reece singled for Lake Oswego to lead off the home half of the seventh. With one out in the frame, and with Reece at second base, LO junior Tyler Coleman doubled to center field, driving in Reece to tie the game at 1-1.

Coleman then moved to third base on a hard groundball single to left field by senior Jack Kjemhus. An intentional walk loaded the bases.

Coleman then scored the game-winning run when Tigard committed an error on a hard ground ball hit by junior Jordan Horak, giving the Lakers a 2-1 victory.

“It was unfortunate,” Tom Campbell said. “We played well and we didn’t swing the bats badly.”

Chabreck, in pitching a complete game for the Tigers, gave up just one earned run on seven hits while striking out two and walking one.

“Robby pitched real well,” Tom Campbell said. “He was phenomenal. He kept them off balance.”

Tigard, as a team, had five hits in the contest. Campbell had two of those hits while Duron, junior Jessie Bye and senior Brittain Schneider had one hit apiece.