Tigard loses to BALL but comes back to beat Westview

by: DAN BROOD - POWER PITCHER -- Tigard's Lance Kreisberg gets ready to fire in a pitch during the District 4 tournament opener.PORTLAND — So close.

So very, very close.

In an opening-round thriller at the District 4 Majors (ages 11-12) All-Star Baseball Tournament, Tigard was only one pitch away from getting a victory.

But, Tigard ended up falling 10-5, in seven innings, to Beaverton Area Little League in an exciting first-round tourney game played Saturday at Alpenrose Stadium.

“It was even until the last inning,” Tigard manager Darrell Ahl said after the game. “We just couldn’t quite close it out. You have to give Beaverton credit. They battled and challenged.”

With the win, Beaverton advanced to the semifinal round of the seven-team, double-elimination tournament. Beaverton downed Raleigh Hills 2-0 in Sunday’s semifinals to advance to the winners’ bracket final.

Tigard, with the hard-fought loss, was left to try and battle its way back through the losers’ bracket.

“We’re going to come back out and try to do the best we can,” Tigard’s Caden Stinson said following Saturday’s game.

“We’re going to leave it all out on the field,” Jack Heyden added.

Beaverton, in Saturday’s game, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Brady Hormel belted a solo home run.

Tigard came back to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Griffin Williams reached base on a Beaverton error and he ended up scoring on Heyden’s two-out triple to right field, making the score 1-1.

by: DAN BROOD - IN FLIGHT -- Tigard's Griffin Williams (right) is safe on the play as he soars over first base in the second inning of Saturday's game against Beaverton. Williams ended up scoring in the inning on a triple by Jack Heyden, but Beaverton got a 5-4 win in seven innings. Tigard then took the lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Lance Kreisberg doubled to the fence in left field to lead off the frame. Manav Raghubansh then drew a walk, with Kreisberg moving to third base on a passed ball on ball four. Raghubansh kept motoring to second base on the play, drawing a throw, which allowed Kreisberg to steal home, giving Tigard a 2-1 lead.

Later in the inning, Raghubansh and Grant Schaures both scored when Beaverton committed a throwing error following a hit by Luke Klein.

Those two runs gave Tigard a 4-1 advantage.

Beaverton picked up a run in the top of the fourth inning to trim the margin to 4-2.

Tigard answered back with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame. Fletcher Ahl got things going with a one-out infield single. One out later, Raghubansh, Schaures and C.J. Rivers drew consecutive walks, with Ahl scoring on Rivers’ walk, to make the score 5-2.

Beaverton came back with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, one coming on an inside-the-park home run by Hormel, to make the score 5-4.

In the top of the sixth inning, with Tigard still holding a 5-4 lead, Beaverton got a pair of walks sandwiched around a single to load the bases with no out.

But Tigard’s Bobby Carter, pitching in relief, struck out the next two batters. With two outs, and the bases still loaded, Carter went to a full count on Beaverton’s Tommy Wahlin. Carter’s 3-2 pitch was called outside — just barely — for a walk that brought home the tying run.

Carter then struck out Beaverton’s Matthew Powers to end the inning.

Tigard went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, sending the contest to extra innings.

Beaverton exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh, with the big hit of the frame being a two-run double by Connor Patrick, to take a 10-5 lead.

Rivers drew a leadoff walk for Tigard in the bottom of the seventh, but the next three batters went down in order to end the game.

“It was fun,” Stinson said.

“We played well for the first three innings,” Heyden said. “Then we didn’t hit after that.”

“We tried to get pumped up at the end,” Kreisberg said.

Kreisberg started on the mound for Tigard. He gave up two runs in three and a third innings of work.

“He gave us a good effort,” Darrell Ahl said.

Tigard, as a team, had five hits in the game, one each by Raghubansh, Heyden, Kreisberg, Stinson and Fletcher Ahl.

Tigard bounced back from the loss to get a 10-8 win over Westview in a losers’ bracket first-round game played on Sunday.

In that game, Tigard, behind left-handed starting pitcher Sam Gerkman, built a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning. But Westview scored five runs in the fourth, and another in the fifth, to go up 8-5.

But Tigard rallied in the top of the sixth inning. A one-out double by Gerkman, a single by Heyden and an RBI single by Fletcher Ahl made the score 8-6. After Stinson walked, Heyden scored on a sacrifice fly by Raghubansh to make the score 8-7. Kreisberg was intentionally walked to load the bases.

A wild pitch, followed by a throwing error on the play, allowed both Ahl and Stinson to score, giving Tigard a 9-7 advantage. Kreisberg scored on another Westview throwing miscue to up the Tigard lead to 10-8.

Ahl, who pitched the final two innings for Tigard, shut down Westview in the bottom of the frame to wrap up the 10-8 win.

Tigard had 12 hits in the win. Kreisberg, Gerkman, Heyden and Ahl had two hits apiece. Stinson, Raghubansh, Rivers and Williams each added a hit.

Tigard saw its tourney stay come to an end on Tuesday with a 14-3 loss to perennial power Murrayhill in a losers’ bracket second round game.

Jacob Grigsby also played for the Tigard squad at the district tourney. Tigard’s coaches were Derek Heyden and Kevin Stinson.

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