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Wolves rally to get second-round victory over Lincoln


Cook, Riese help guide Tualatin to 4-3 playoff win

TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School baseball team’s season was on the line.

And things didn’t exactly look their brightest, as the Timberwolves found themselves facing a 3-0 deficit to Lincoln in their Class 6A state playoff second round contest.

But the Tualatin team wasn’t worried — after all, the Wolves knew they had Karter Cook and Trevor Riese.

Tualatin, behind Cook’s gutsy pitching performance and two clutch hits by Riese, rallied to get a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cardinals in the postseason game played May 28 at Tualatin High School.

“That was a great win,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “Karter Cook did a great job keeping us in the game.”

Lincoln, the No. 2 team out of Special District 2, finished its season with a final overall record of 18-10. Tualatin, the Pacific Conference champion, improved to 23-5 on the season at that point with the win. The Wolves also advanced to face Pacific Conference foe McMinnville in Friday’s state playoff quarterfinal round (see related story).

Tualatin, in last week’s second-round game, trailed 3-0 after Lincoln junior Jake Wilk hit a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning.

The Wolves still found themselves in a three-run hole going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but that’s when they started fighting back in a big way.

That’s also where Riese had the first of his two big hits.

With two outs in the frame, the junior singled in both senior Brandon Shroyer and junior pinch-runner Bryce Haskin, trimming the Lincoln lead to 3-2.

However, Tualatin still found itself facing that one-run deficit going into the bottom of the seventh inning. But the Wolves were up to that challenge.

Senior Jake Gellos doubled to left field to lead off the inning for Tualatin. Senior Cooper Brunner followed with an infield single, with Gellos advancing to third base on the hit.

Gellos then scored on a wild pitch to tie the at 3-3. But the Wolves weren’t satisfied with just a tie.

Shroyer drew a walk and junior Jacob Bennett followed with a bunt single, loading the bases and bringing Riese to the plate.

And, again, Riese came through.

His single to left field, past a drawn-in Lincoln infield, brought home Brunner with the game-winning run in Tualatin’s 4-3 victory.

Cook, in getting a complete-game pitching win, gave up eight hits while striking out nine and walking none.

“He just did a great job,” Strachan said.

The Wolves also got some key defensive plays in the win, including one by senior third baseman Joey Fishback on a back pick.

“That saved us two runs,” Strachan said.

Tualatin also turned a key inning-ending double play in the fifth inning, getting Cardinal runners out on rundowns between third base and home, and between second and third base.