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Tigers put it all together

Tigard no-hits Grant on its way to getting a 14-0 win


by: DAN BROOD - SAFE AT HOME -- Tigard High School sophomore Ramsey Hare (right) and Grant catcher Ainsley Hunt await the umpire's call in Friday's game. Hare was safe on the play at the plate in the Tigers' 14-0 victory. TIGARD — For an early-season game, things went about as good as they can get.

And the Tigard High School softball team was pretty darn happy about it.

With good reason.

After all, the Tigers got a no-hit pitching performance, they hit line drive after line drive and they also seemed to do the little things well.

And that added up to one big win.

Tigard, shining from start to finish, ran to a 14-0, five-inning win over Grant in a non-league game played Friday under sunny skies at Tigard High School.

“That’s a big change,” Tigard sophomore shortstop Dena Emmons said with a smile after the game. “Our bonding and commitment is incredible. And we’re having a lot of fun.”

“We’re all working as a team,” said Tigard freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Nunn, who threw four innings of no-hit ball in Friday’s game. “And we’re getting great coaching.”

With the loss, Grant fell to 1-2 on the season to that point. Tigard, with the victory, improved to 2-0 at that point.

by: DAN BROOD - FAB FROSH -- Tigard High School freshman Kaitlyn Nunn gets ready to fire a pitch to the plate in the Tigers' game with Grant on Friday. Nunn no-hit the Generals over four innings in Tigard's 14-0 victory. “We’ve kind of set the bar,” said Connie Jolley, who is beginning her second stint as Tigard’s head coach. “Our pitching has been solid and we’ve really come out strong with the bat. What maybe I’m most proud of is the little things the girls have done, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies, hit-and-runs, things like that.”

Tigard’s pitching certainly seemed to be strong in Friday’s game.

Nunn, starting in the circle, allowed no runs on no hits while striking out eight and walking two in her four innings of work.

“I felt good,” she said. “My screwball and fastball were both working pretty good.”

Senior Liz Vanderburg pitched the fifth inning for Tigard. She also didn’t allow a hit while striking out two and walking one.

Meanwhile, at the plate, Tigard pounded out 12 hits, many being line-drive shots.

“We were just on,” Emmons said. “It’s contagious for us. Once somebody starts hitting, everyone does.”

Tigard started its hitting parade in the bottom of the first inning. Emmons, batting in the leadoff spot, reached base on a Grant error. Tiger junior Kayla Saldana followed with a double to center field. Emmons was thrown out at the plate on the play, but that didn’t slow down the Tigers for long.

Tigard sophomore Ramsey Hare followed Saldana’s double with a double of her own, to right field, driving in Saldana to give Tigard a 1-0 lead.

Hare moved to third base on a passed ball and then scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kalyna Korok to push the early lead to 2-0.

The Tigers struck again in the second inning.by: DAN BROOD - KOROK KRUSH -- Tigard sophomore Kalyna Korok smacks the ball during the Tigers' 14-0 victory over Grant on Friday.

Senior Charlee McGuire was hit by a pitch, junior Camille Riggs drew a walk and junior Lexi Kelly had a bloop single to right field to load the bases with one out in the frame. Emmons then ripped a line-drive single to center field, plating McGuire to make the score 3-0. Saldana then singled in Riggs and, with two outs in the inning, Kelly scored when Korok was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving Tigard a 5-0 lead.

The Tigers kept on rolling in the third inning.

Senior Lexi Carter walked to lead off the frame. She moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by McGuire and then she stole third base. Riggs then singled to right field on a 0-2 pitch, driving in Carter to up the lead to 6-0.

Emmons singled in Riggs later in the inning, and Saldana singled in Emmons to up the margin to 8-0.

Tigard finished off the scoring with a six-run fourth inning.

Junior Alexa Hansen, Carter and McGuire drew consecutive walks to start the frame. One out later, Kelly singled in both Hansen and Carter to push the lead to double digits, at 10-0.

Hare had an RBI single later in the inning and Korok plated another run with her second sacrifice fly of the game. Tigard had two other runs come in on Grant errors, pushing the score to 14-0.

“That was a lot of fun,” Nunn said. “I think we can make it far this year. We’ve got good hitting and defense.”

“The girls are doing a good job so far,” Jolley said. “It will be fun to see what happens.”

Emmons helped lead the Tigard offense, going 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and four RBIs.

“I felt pretty good,” she said.

Saldana went 4 for 4 with a double two runs scored and two RBIs. Hare went 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Kelly added two hits and two runs, McGuire and Riggs each scored twice and Korok drove in three runs.

On Monday, Tigard picked up a pair of wins a the Central Oregon Tournament held in Bend.

First, the Tigers posted a 10-4 win over La Salle. Korok led the offensive attack in that victory. She went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Hansen added a home run, her second of the season, and Saldana went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Carter added a double and two RBIs.

Vanderburg and Kelly combined to pitch Tigard to the win.

Later, the Tigers shut out Ashland 12-0.

Nunn turned in another strong performance in the circle. She allowed just two hits while striking out 10 and walking three in getting the five-inning complete-game shutout.

Carter hit a home run, her second of the season, and drove in three runs. Emmons went 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs. Saldana added two more hits and she drove in a pair of runs. Korok also had two hits, including a double.

The Tigers will be back in action Wednesday when they play at Sherwood in a non-league game starting at 4:30 p.m.




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