Tualatin reaches the title contest

LAKE OSWEGO — When he arrived at the field Friday morning Nathan Senger didn’t know he was going to be pitching that day.

Well, not only did Senger, a Tualatin High School sophomore-to-be, take the mound on Friday, but he also pitched the Suburban Door OIBA baseball team to DAN BROOD - YOUNG ARM -- Suburban Door's Nathan Senger fires a pitch to the plate in Friday's game.

Behind Senger’s pitching, as well as steady defensive play and a powerful offensive attack, the Tualatin-based Dawgs rolled to a 12-3 win over the Lake Oswego Futures team during play at the 2013 Grenade Gloves Classic, held at Lake Oswego High School.

“I didn’t know I was throwing until just before the game,” Senger said after the victory. “I just tried to throw strikes. I thought I did OK.”

With the victory, the young Suburban Door team continued on with what has looked to be a successful start to the summer season.

“It’s going good,” Senger said.

“We’re all young,” added Suburban Door shortstop Tanner Marsh, who is a Tualatin High junior-to-be. “But we don’t care. We’re just all stepping up and being leaders. We’re learning from each other.”

The Tualatin team, in Friday’s game, took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning. Eli Robinson belted a double to center field and he went on to score on Jackson Schleicher’s two-out single to center field.

The Dawgs tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Marsh drew a two-out walk to get things going. Brandon Shroyer, a Tualatin senior-to-be, then ripped an inside-the-park home run to right-center field, upping the lead to 3-0.

Lake Oswego pushed a run across in the bottom of the third inning to cut the margin to 3-1, but Suburban Door answered back in a big way in the top of the fourth frame.

Taylor Boos doubled to left-center field to lead off the inning. Robinson followed with a single to left and Chase Anderson drew a one-out walk to load the bases. One out later, Bryce Haskin singled to center field, driving in Boos to make the score 4-1.

Marsh followed with a single to center. Robinson and Anderson both scored on the hit to up the lead to DAN BROOD - TRYING TO TURN TWO -- Suburban Door shortstop Tanner Marsh is looking to turn a double play in Friday's game.

The Dawgs then scored five more runs in the top of the sixth inning to really break the game open.

Trevor Riese led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. Senger followed with an infield single. Ryan Kamp then singled in Riese to up the lead to 7-1.

Another single by Marsh loaded the bases.

From there, a Lake Oswego error, a bases-loaded walk to Jacob Bennett and sacrifice flies by Karter Cook and Schleicher led to four more runs crossing the plate, making the score 11-1.

Shroyer doubled in Marsh in the top of the seventh for the Dawgs’ final run in their 12-3 victory.

“The kids have been playing good baseball,” Suburban Door coach Adam Strachan said. “It’s been a summer of opportunity and the guys are stepping up and taking advantage of that.”

Senger, in five and a third innings of work on the mound, gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking two.

“He was throwing all of his pitches well,” Strachan said. “He threw strikes.”

Meanwhile, Suburban Door, as a team, pounded out 14 hits as a team.

“Once you see people getting on base, it gets everybody up,” Marsh said.

“It’s amazing how that works,” Strachan said.

Shroyer helped lead the offensive attack, going 2 for 5 at the plate with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Marsh went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Robinson and Cam Frey added two hits apiece.

The Dawgs opened tournament play last Thursday with a 4-3 win over Oregon City. Boos turned in a complete-game pitching performance in that victory.

On Saturday at the tournament, Suburban Door bested Barlow 15-4. In the win, Marsh had a three-run triple and a double. Shroyer added a pair of doubles and Haskin had two hits.

Cody Davidson picked up the pitching victory, throwing six strong innings.

In Sunday’s tourney championship game, the Dawgs fell 8-6 to Lake Oswego.

On Monday, Suburban Door picked up a 4-2 league win at Forest Grove. Bennett threw a complete game, striking out 12.

With the win at Forest Grove, the Dawgs improved their summer record to 7-4.

Suburban Door will be back in action today (Thursday) when it hosts the PEBC Barbers in a game starting at 4 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

From Friday through Sunday, the Dawgs will host the annual Suburban Door Wood Bat Tournament at Tualatin High School.

The Dawgs will open tourney play Friday when they face the Salem Senators at 5:45 p.m.

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