Glencoe hands Tualatin its first conference loss

by: DAN BROOD - CLOSE CALL -- Tualatin High School senior Brandon Shroyer (left) is tagged out by Glencoe sophomore catcher Gabe Garrison on a close play at the plate in the sixth inning of Friday's game. TUALATIN — No one really likes to lose.

That certainly holds true for the Tualatin High School baseball team, which has rarely found itself on the losing end of a score so far this season.

So, while the Timberwolves may have been fittingly angry following their 3-2 loss to Glencoe on Friday, they were also hopeful — hopeful that they learned a valuable lesson that will help them out as the season goes on.

“This is just a tough loss,” Tualatin senior outfielder Brandon Shroyer said following the one-run setback in the Pacific Conference game played at Tualatin High School. “We have to learn from this. We’ve had a few close games this season that shouldn’t have been close. But, sometimes, it takes a loss for you to learn from your mistakes. I think we know now that we have to be focused and ready every game.”

With the win, Glencoe improved to 3-3 in Pacific Conference play at that point (6-9 overall), putting the Crimson Tide in a tie with Century and Tigard for third place in the conference standings.

Tualatin moved to 5-1 in Pacific Conference games (11-2-1 overall) with the loss, dropping the Timberwolves into a tie with McMinnville for first place in the standings.

“This could be a wake-up call — it better be,” Tualatin coach Adam Strachan said. “In baseball, anyone can beat you. We haven’t played that well since league started. We have to learn from this and get better.”

The Wolves had the first scoring threat in Friday’s game. Tualatin senior Jake Gellos got on base with a two-out infield single. Senior Cooper Brunner was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.

At that point, Glencoe’s starting pitcher, senior Skylar Watters, had to leave the game due to an apparent leg injury. Glencoe senior Reed Cuddigan, who started the contest playing at second base, took over the pitching duties and induced a pop out to get out of the first inning jam.

Cuddigan and Tualatin junior Jacob Bennett locked up in a pitchers’ duel over the next few innings, as the teams entered the fourth frame still locked up in a scoreless deadlock.

But that changed in the top of the fourth inning.

by: DAN BROOD - EFFORT -- Tualatin senior Joey Fishback is tagged out by Glencoe first baseman Trevor Williams as he dives toward first base after putting down a sacrifice bunt in Friday's game.Senior Tanner Williams led off the frame for Glencoe with a bloop single to right field. Senior Joey Haynes then reached base on a Tualatin fielding error, putting runners on first and second with no outs. The runners then advanced on a groundout by senior Grant Ramey.

After Bennett got a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Glencoe senior Kyle Campbell smacked a ground-ball single to center field, just out of the reach of diving Tualatin second baseman Nathan Senger, driving in both Williams and Haynes to give the Crimson Tide a 2-0 lead.

Campbell would then score when the Wolves committed an error on a grounder by Glencoe sophomore Colton Salvera, upping the visitors’ lead to 3-0.

Tualatin looked to come back right away in its half of the inning. Brunner led off the frame with a double to right-center field, but he was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

Bennett followed with a single to center field, and senior Joey Fishback reached base on an error with two outs in the inning. But a pop out ended the frame, keeping the Wolves scoreless.

Tualatin was able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore Chase Anderson led off the frame with an infield single. Anderson then stole second base and he moved to third on a line-drive single by junior Tanner Marsh. Anderson then scored on a groundout by junior Trevor Riese, cutting the margin to 3-1.

The Wolves were able to strike again in the sixth inning. Bennett and Shroyer had back-to-back singles to open the frame. Pinch runner Bryce Haskins advanced to third base and Shroyer moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fishback. One out late, Anderson singled to center field, driving in Haskins to make the score 3-2. Shroyer also tried to score on the play, but he was thrown out by Glencoe senior center fielder Andre Bechton on a close inning-ending play at the plate.

After Bennett struck out the side in the top of the seventh, the Wolves were looking to rally in the bottom of the frame.

Marsh got things started with a leadoff walk. He then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Riese. But Campbell, pitching the seventh inning in relief, got a fly out and a groundout to end the game and wrap up Glencoe’s 3-2 win.

“We beat ourselves today,” Strachan said. “We need to show up every day and treat each game like it’s a playoff game.”

“It’s done,” Shroyer said. “Now, we just have to learn from this and go on. We’ll be focused and ready for Forest Grove.”

Bennett pitched well for the Wolves in the setback. In seven innings of work, the right-hander gave up no earned runs on four hits while striking out 14 and walking none.

Tualatin had eight hits in the contest. Anderson went 2 for 3 at the plate with a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI. Bennett also had two hits for the Wolves.

Tualatin bounced back from the loss to get a 19-0, five-inning win over Forest Grove in a conference game played Tuesday at Forest Grove High School.

“It was good to see them respond well,” Strachan said. “The energy and focus level was back to where we wanted it.”

Brunner went 2 for 3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs in the win. Riese went 3 for 4 with two doubles. Fishback went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Shroyer went 2 for 3 with a double.

Junior Karter Cook pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Senior Cody Davidson pitched the final two scoreless frames.

The teams were slated to play the second game of their three-game series Wednesday at Tualatin. 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 Forest Grove in a game set to start at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Tualatin will open a three-game series against Century with a 4:30 p.m. game at Century High School.

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