Tualatin falls to Barlow in the OIBA tourney contest

OREGON CITY — Tualatin jumped ahead early, but couldn’t stave off a Barlow comeback Wednesday morning ending their summer baseball season with a 10-3 loss to the Royals in an OIBA elimination game.

The game was scoreless in the early innings, although both sides had their chances. by: DAVID BALL - ON THE MOVE -- Tualatin's Brandon Shroyer looks to score in last week’s OIBA tourney game.

Tualatin stranded runners at second and third in its opening at bats after Royals’ second baseman Nik Meyer fielded a ground ball in the dirt.

In the second inning, Barlow’s Houston Thom belted a long fly ball down the left-field line that looked like it might go for an inside-the-park home run before it touched down just wide of the foul line as Thom was closing in on second base.

Tualatin broke through in the third inning with back-to-back run-scoring singles by Brandon Shroyer and Jacob Bennett.

Barlow got one back in the fourth inning, but Tualatin’s Trevor Riese protected the Dawgs’ slim lead when he caught a line drive deep in left field to leave the bases loaded.

The Royals would take over the lead in the next inning after Alex Richards cleared the bases with a triple that bounced to the fence. He came home on a wild pitch moments later to put Barlow up 5-2.

The team put the game out of reach with a five-run tally in the seventh inning — four of those runs coming across on wild pitches.

Tualatin struggled to connect in the late innings, but did manage to get a run across in the fifth when Chase Anderson was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a sacrifice grounder by Shroyer two batters later.

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