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Wolves bounce back to beat Tigard

Tualatin, after falling to Newberg, gets an 8-0 victory


by: DAN BROOD - NO-HIT PITCHER -- Tualatin High School junior Emily Sorem gets ready to fire a pitch to the plate during the Timberwolves' 8-0 victory at Tigard on Tuesday. Sorem pitched a no-hitter in the victory, striking out 13 and walking two. TIGARD — The Tualatin High School softball team was definitely motivated.

The Timberwolves were determined.

They were also a bit angry, frustrated and upset.

And they took it all out on their rivals from Tigard.

Tualatin, a day after being upset 2-0 by Newberg, powered its way to an 8-0 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference game played Tuesday at Tigard High.

“We needed that,” Tualatin senior second baseman Beth Fanger said. “We bounced back. It was night and day from yesterday.”

“We played with a lot more heart today,” Tualatin junior shortstop Joslyn Gastiaburu said.

“It was nice to bounce back,” said Tualatin junior pitcher Emily Sorem, who threw a no-hitter in Tuesday’s game. “We were really frustrated after yesterday.”

With the victory, Tualatin improved to 5-1 in Pacific Conference play (13-4) overall, putting the Wolves a game behind league-leading Glencoe going into Wednesday’s conference contests.

Tualatin will likely get a chance to even things up with Glencoe, as the Wolves will host the Crimson Tide in a conference showdown today (Thursday), starting at 5 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

“I was pumped for today’s game with Tigard, but I’ll be even more pumped up for Glencoe,” Fanger said.

by: DAN BROOD - TAGGED OUT -- Tigard sophomore catcher Ramsey Hare (left) puts a tag on Tualatin sophomore Bailey Marshall during Tuesday's game. The Timberwolves got an 8-0 victory. “They’re a good team,” Sorem said. “They play good defense and have a lot of good hitters. We’ll need to go in with a good attitude.”

With the loss in Tuesday’s game, Tigard, which battled Glencoe strong in a 1-0 road setback on Monday, fell to 2-3 in conference play and to 10-6 on the season.

“We just came out flat today,” Tigard coach Connie Jolley said.

“They were really fired up today,” Tigard sophomore catcher Ramsey Hare said. “And they were ready to prove it to us.’

If the Timberwolves needed any more motivation for Tuesday’s contest, they got it prior to the game, when sophomore outfielder Tanna Baggenstos was hit in the face by a ball during warm-ups, causing her to miss the contest.

“We wanted to win it for Tanna,” Sorem said.

The junior pitcher sure seemed to do her part in making sure the Wolves came away with the win.

In seven innings of work, the hard-throwing right-hander allowed no hits while striking out 13 Tigard batters, walking two and hitting one with a pitch.

“That was a good feeling,” Sorem said of her no-hit performance. “It was pretty exciting.”

Meanwhile, the Wolves wasted little time in taking the lead in Tuesday’s game, as they struck for two runs in the top of the first inning.

Fanger got things started, as she reached second base on a Tigard throwing error with one out in the frame. Gastiaburu followed with a line-drive single to right field, with Fanger moving up to third base on the hit. Fanger then scored the first run of the game on a bunt single by sophomore Camryn Robbins, giving the Wolves a quick 1-0 lead.

by: DAN BROOD - OUT AT SECOND -- Tigard junior second baseman Kayla Saldana (left) forces out Tualatin sophomore Camryn Robbins in Tuesday's game.Tualatin struck for two more runs in the top of the second inning. Junior Sarah Kailiuli reached first base on a Tigard throwing miscue with one out to open things up. Kailiuli then scored on sophomore Caitlyn Sung’s double to left field to up the margin to 3-0. Sung then scored on Gastiaburu’s two-out single to left field to make the score 4-0.

The Wolves got another run in the top of the third inning, when freshman courtesy runner Amanda Reser scored on Sung’s two-pout single to right field, giving Tualatin a 5-0 advantage.

The relentless Tualatin squad tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Fanger ignited things for the Wolves with a leadoff single to left field. Gastiaburu followed with a single to center field. Fanger, who advanced to third base on a wild pitch, scored on a groundout by Robbins to give Tualatin a 6-0 cushion.

Gastiaburu scored later in the frame on a passed ball and junior Alexa Kaplan, who reached base on an infield single, scored on a groundout by junior Nikki Miller to cap off the scoring for the Wolves in their 8-0 victory.

“We knew we needed to come back strong,” Gastiaburu said.

“Losing sucks, but, obviously, we learned something from it,” Fanger said.

Gastiaburu lead Tualatin’s 13-hit offensive attack by going 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.

“We knew we just had to use our mechanics,” she said. “We used our heads.”

Also for the Wolves, Robbins went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Sung went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Fanger had a hit and scored a pair of runs. Miller, Kaplan and Kailiuli had one hit apiece.by: DAN BROOD - SLAP IT -- Tualatin senior Beth Fanger puts the ball in play during the Wolves' win over Tigard.

For Tigard, junior Lexi Kelly drew a pair of walks and junior Kayla Saldana was hit by a pitch.

“They’re a good team, but I think we beat ourselves today,” Jolley said. “But we’ve got a long week ahead of us, so we have to move on.”

While Tigard may be disappointed with it performance on Tuesday, the Tigers did find some promise with their strong outing at Glencoe on Monday.

“We were at the top of our game,” Hare said. “We hit the ball hard, but we hit it right to them. We knew it would be tough, but we played really well. Today, we’ll take with us that we can’t give up, even after mistakes.”

Tigard got a strong pitching performance from Kelly in Monday’s game at Glencoe.

Tigard and Tualatin were both in action on Wednesday. Tigard hosted McMinnville while Tualatin was home to face Forest Grove. Results of those games weren’t available when The Times went to press.

Today, in addition to Tualatin’s home game with Glencoe, Tigard will travel to Newberg for a 5 p.m. contest.

On Friday, Tigard will play at Forest Grove and Tualatin will travel to Hillsboro for 5 p.m. conference games. The Tigers will be back home on Monday to face Century and Tualatin will host McMinnville in 5 p.m. contests.

The Tigers and Timberwolves will have their rematch May 9 at Tualatin High School.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Hare said.



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