Hannah Self, Emily Sorem lead Tualatin to 6-0 win over West Linn

by: DAN BROOD - DEALING HEAT -- Tualatin High School junior Emily Sorem, in front of shortstop Joslyn Gastiaburu, gets ready to fire a pitch to the plate during Monday's game with West Linn. Sorem had 17 strikeouts for the Timberwolves in their 6-0 victory. WEST LINN — Emily Sorem, in her own words, supposedly had been pitching “crappy” as of late.

Meanwhile, Hannah Self said she’s been struggling at the plate.

Well, they both might have trouble convincing West Linn of that.

Sorem, a junior pitcher on the Tualatin High School softball team, and Self, a Timberwolf sophomore, sure seemed to be on top of their game on Monday.

Sorem struck out 17 West Linn batters while spinning a one-hit shutout and Self smacked four hits, including a trio of doubles, to help power Tualatin to a 6-0 win over Lions in a non-league game played at Rosemont Ridge Middle School.

“This was real good,” Sorem said after the victory. “It felt good to bounce back from the last two crappy games I’ve pitched.”

“This felt good, because I’ve been struggling lately,” said Self, who started at catcher for the Wolves in Monday’s game. “I was happy that I was able to help the team.”

With the loss, West Linn moved to 2-7 on the season. With the victory, its fifth straight, Tualatin improved its season record to 7-2.

“They’re getting better each game,” Tualatin coach Jenna Wilson said of the Wolves. “League starts next week, and we’re getting ready to rock and roll.”

Tualatin sure seemed ready to go in Monday evening’s contest.

Senior Beth Fanger got things started for the Wolves with a first-inning leadoff single to right-center field. Fanger then moved all the way to third base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tanna Baggenstos.

by: DAN BROOD - TIMBERWOLF THUMP -- Tualatin junior Joslyn Gastiaburu gets her bat on the ball for a first-inning RBI single in the Wolves' win at West Linn.Junior Joslyn Gastiaburu then drove in Fanger with a single down the right-field line, giving Tualatin a quick 1-0 lead.

Sorem then helped set the tone for the rest of the game, as she struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning.

Self belted the first of her three doubles in the top of the second inning, hitting a deep shot to the fence in left field.

Sorem put the Lions down in order in both the second and third frames, racking up eight strikeouts in those first three innings.

West Linn got its first baserunner of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, when junior Maddi Higgins led off the frame with a slap infield single, with Higgins going on to reach second base on a Tualatin throwing error on the play. Higgins then advanced to third on a passed ball, giving the Lions their first scoring threat of the game.

Sorem took care of that threat in impressive fashion, as she struck out the next three West Linn batters to end the inning, stranding Higgins on third base.

But the Lions threatened again in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Devinne Amesquita drew a walk to lead off the inning. The Wolves then committed an error on a sacrifice bunt by senior Danielle DelBene. With one out in the frame, Lions freshman Lisa Reavely drew a walk to load the bases.

But, still holding just a 1-0 lead, the Wolves didn’t panic. Instead, they turned a clutch double play. Sorem started things by striking out Lions sophomore Hannah Sicilliani. On the third strike, Self noticed Reavely getting too far off first base she rifled the ball to Fanger, sprinting over from her second-base spot, who made the tag for the inning-ending double play.

“That was a big play,” Sorem said. “Hannah has a good arm.”

And a good bat.

She showed that, again, in the top of the sixth inning.

by: DAN BROOD - YOU'RE OUT -- Tualatin senior second baseman Beth Fanger (left) tagged out West Linn's Lisa Reavely to complete a fifth-inning double play in Monday's game. The Wolves won 6-0. The Wolves got a leadoff single fro sophomore Camryn Robbins to start the frame. After a fielder’s choice grounder by junior Sarah Kailiuli and a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Caitlyn Sung, Tualatin junior Alexa Kaplan doubled down the left-field line, driving in Kailiuli to up the Timberwolf lead to 2-0.

Self followed with her third double of the contest, this one going down the left-field line all the way to the fence. Kaplan scored on the hit to up the margin to 3-0.

The Wolves then added three more runs in the top of the seventh to really put things away. Sophomore Bailey Marshall drew a leadoff walk to start the inning. Marshall moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Baggenstos. Gastiaburu then singled to left field, with Marshall advancing to third base on the hit.

Marshall and Gastiaburu then scored when West Linn committed an error on a grounder hit by Robbins, making the score 5-0. One out later, Sung and Kaplan had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Self then belted a line-drive single to center field, driving in Robbins to cap off the scoring for the Wolves.

Sorem, fittingly, struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to wrap up the victory.

In getting the pitching win, Sorem walked two and didn’t allow a single ball to be hit out of the infield. But, maybe most important, were her 17 strikeouts.

“I really like striking people out,” Sorem said with a smile.

“She hit all of her spots,” Self said.

Meanwhile, Self led Tualatin’s 13-hit offensive attack, going 4 for 4 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs.

“She did really well,” Sorem said. “I think she started all of our energy.”

“Hannah was phenomenal,” Wilson said.

Gastiaburu went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Robbins and Kaplan each had two hits while Fanger and Sung added one hit apiece.

Prior to the win over West Linn, the Wolves scored a 3-2 win over Sandy in a non-league game played under rainy skies last Thursday at Tualatin High School. The loss ended Sandy’s 34-game winning streak that dated back to the early part of the 2013 season.

Gastiaburu had a two-run double in that victory and Robbins also doubled in a run.

The Wolves are now hoping their success is a sign of good things to come.

“Our confidence has stayed strong,” Sorem said. “We’re all getting along, and everyone is cheering each other on.”

“Our defense has been strong,” Self said. “And everyone is contributing.”

“I tell them to be athletic out there, and good things will happen,” Wilson said.

Tualatin was scheduled to host McNary in a non-league game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday when they play at Canby in a non-league game starting at 5 p.m. On Monday, Tualatin will open Pacific Conference play when it travels to Forest Grove for a 5 p.m. contest.

On Wednesday, Tualatin will be home to face Hillsboro at 5 p.m.

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