The young OIBA team goes 30-17 in the summer slate

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - GOT HIM -- Tigard Longhorns catcher Tyler Prock (right) tags out Lakeridge's Dutton Elske in the fourth inning of last Thursday's OIBA tournament game played at Lake Oswego High School. LAKE OSWEGO — The Tigard Longhorns may have seen their season come to a close last week.

But they certainly seemed to be happy with their season, and what they accomplished.

The young Tigard team battled its way into the Oregon Independent Baseball Association season-ending tournament, before wrapping up its campaign with a 9-2 loss to Lakeridge in a losers’ bracket tourney contest played last Thursday at Lake Oswego High School.

“We struggled at times, but we kept getting better as the summer went on,” said Brady McGetrick, a Tigard High School senior-to-be and an outfield for the Longhorns. “We had a lot of younger guys who really improved.”

“I think we began meshing on defense,” said Longhorns shortstop Cole Cameron, a Tigard High senior-to-be. “We made a lot of strides, especially with the younger kids. It was a great summer and a lot of fun.”

With the tourney setback to Lakeridge, Tigard finished the summer season with a final overall record of 30-17.

“I was pleased,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. “We struggled on offense, but we played decent on defense and got some good pitching. Overall, it was a positive experience.”

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - BRINGING IT -- Tyler Walker fires a pitch to the plate during the Longhorns' OIBA tourney game with Lakeridge.The Longhorns were able to strike first in last week’s tourney contest, which was moved to Lake Oswego, from Oregon City, due to the wet weather that hit the area, by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

David Schimmels hit a leadoff single to get things started for Tigard in opening frame. Schimmels moved to second base and then he scored on a single by Cameron, giving the Longhorns a quick 1-0 lead.

After Tyler Walker drew a walk, Cameron advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by McGetrick. Cameron then scored on J.T. Greenough’s sacrifice fly to left field, upping the early Tigard advantage to 2-0.

Lakeridge, getting an RBI single by Bo McClinton, got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first.

Lakeridge, taking advantage of a Tigard error and also getting an RBI single from Beau Bryant, scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead, forcing the Longhorns to try and play catch-up the rest of the way.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - DOUBLED UP -- Tigard first baseman J.T. Greenough (right) makes a catch before Lakeridge's Dutton Elske can get back to the bag, completing a double play in last week's OIBA tournament game.Tigard did get a two-out single from Alex Kelly in the top of the second inning. McGetrick drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. But, following the first inning, those were the Longhorns’ only two base runners going into the seventh inning.

However, the Tigard team didn’t go down without a fight.

Tigard’s Jarod Gogal led off the top of the seventh inning with an infield single. Then, with one out in the frame, Henry Ammann reached base on a Lakeridge error.

But Mitch Maynes, who pitched a complete game for Lakeridge, coaxed an inning-ending groundout to get out of the threat and wrap up his team’s 9-2 victory.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - IN ACTION -- Tigard shortstop Cole Cameron (left) looks to grab the ball as a Lakeridge runner slides to second base in last week's OIBA tourney game.“We just need to keep working on our hitting,” McGetrick said.

“We want to make a good run next spring,” Cameron added.

Tigard, as a team, had four hits in the contest, coming on singles by Schimmels, Cameron, Kelly and Gogal.

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