Tigard's season ends with setback against top-ranked Crater

by: DAN BROOD - PLAYOFF WINNER -- Tigard High School senior Nick Duron, shown here in a game played earlier in the season, was the starting pitcher for the Tigers in their postseason win over Beaverton. The Tigard High School baseball team experienced a little bit of everything in the Class 6A state playoffs.

The Tigers started their postseason trek with a thrilling extra-inning victory. Tigard then saw its season come to a close with a close loss to the No. 1-ranked team in the state.

And, no matter the outcome, the Tigers also seemed to battle strong right to the very end.

“We hung in there,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. “Our pitching was consistent the entire year. They picked it up for us.”

Tigard, the No. 3 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 15-14, after getting off to a 2-5 start to its schedule.

“We struggled early,” Campbell said. “But I’m pleased with where we got. It’s a credit to our senior pitchers. They actually deserved better this season.”

Tigard opened postseason play by scoring a 4-2, 10-inning win over Beaverton in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played May 26 at Beaverton High School.

In that game, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Junior Brad McGetrick drew a walk advanced on a single by senior Joe Lobbato and then scored on a single by senior Ray Barlow to give Tigard its one-run lead.

Beaverton scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the contest at 1-1.

From there, neither team was able to score until the top of the 10th inning, when the Tigers struck for three runs.

Tigard got the first of those runs when sophomore David Schimmels scored on an infield single by senior Shane Rasor. Later in the frame, McGetrick drove in both junior Jarod Gogal and senior Bruin Campbell with a bases-loaded, ground-rule double, upping the lead to 4-1.

Beaverton got one of those runs back in the bottom of the 10th, making the final score 4-2.

“(Tigard shortstop) Shane Rasor was outstanding. He put on a show on defense,” Tom Campbell said. “The whole infield was very good.”

Senior Nick Duron pitched the first seven innings of the contest for Tigard, giving up just one run.

“He pitched really strong,” Tom Campbell said.

Senior Jake Biglow followed with two scoreless innings on the mound and senior Jesse Bye pitched the final frame, giving up one unearned run.

On May 28, Tigard saw its season end with a 4-1 loss to top-ranked Crater in a game played at Central Point.

“We took too many pitches,” Campbell said of the Tigers, who had 11 strikeouts in the contest.

Barlow singled in Tigard’s only run of the game, coming in the top of the sixth inning.

Barlow and Biglow both pitched for the Tigers in the contest.

The loss at Crater marked the final high school game for Tigard seniors Rasor, Bye, Bruin Campbell, Bradley Imai, Barlow, Duron, Biglow and Lobbato.

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