Beaverton, Tualatin see game washed away
TUALATIN — Beaverton forged ahead.
Tualatin was trying to fight back.
But, in the end, neither team was able to claim victory.
The Beavers were holding a 5-2 lead, but the Timberwolves were bringing the potential tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when the high school baseball contest was called, due to darkness and rain, in a non-league game played last Thursday at Tualatin High School.
"It was wet," said Beaverton sophomore Cooper Martineau, who pitched the entire game for the Beavers, until the contest was called. "The footing was tough, but, for the circumstances, I thought we did pretty well."
The contest was the second of the season for Beaverton, which opened played on March 13 with a 2-0 non-league win at Lakeridge.
"We haven't come around, hitting-wise," Martineau said. "But, I feel that once that comes around, we'll be set to go for the season."
For Tualatin, the game with Beaverton was the Wolves' first contest of the season.
"I feel it was just good to shake the rust off," Tualatin senior catcher Cole Kinman said.
Martineau and Tualatin senior Kaden Cook locked up in a pitchers' duel early in last week's game, with neither team being able to score in the first two innings. But Beaverton was able to break through in the top of the third.
Junior Chace Fery got things going with a leadoff single to center field. Fery the stole second base. Junior Connor Patrick then reached second base when Tualatin committed a throwing error on his grounder. Fery scored on the play, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Then, after senior Manny Castineira drew a walk, junior Phoenix Forster doubled down the left-field line, plating both Patrick and Castineira, upping the margin to 3-0.
Forster scored later in the inning, on another Tualatin error, making the score 4-0.
Tualatin got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. Senior Sean Chamberlin, leading off the inning, drew a walk. He moved to third base on back-to-back wild pitches and then scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Kyle Dernedde, cutting the lead to 4-1.
Beaverton got another run in the top of the fifth. Sophomore John Oleson doubled to left field to lead off the frame. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Kellen O'Connor, and then scored on a wild pitch, upping the margin to 5-1.
Tualatin came battling back in the bottom of the frame. Timberwolf senior Chris Freese, just five days removed from playing in the final day of the Class 6A state basketball tournament, drew a walk to lead off the inning. Freese then stole second base and he moved to third on Dernedde's two-out infield single. Freese then scored on a passed ball to make the score 5-2. Cook then drew a walk, bringing Tualatin senior Colby Jackson to the plate as the potential tying run.
But, with Beaverton then making a pitching change, the game was called due to darkness and rain.
"We had too many strikeouts, but we did have some hits and did produce some runs," Martineau said. "It was a pretty good game, under the circumstances."
Martineau, in his stint on the mound, gave up two runs on two hits, while striking out five and walking five.
"I felt good," he said. "I had a good warm-up, and my arm felt good. Footing was tough, but once I got that figured out, it was all good."
Oleson had two hits for the Beavers, while Castineira, Forster and Fery had one apiece.
For Tualatin, Dernedde and Jackson each had one hit. Cook, Jackson and senior Danny Shell all pitched for the Wolves.
Tualatin, on Monday, scored a 5-0 win over Southridge in a non-league game played at Southridge High School.
Jackson picked up the pitching win. In six shutout innings of work, he gave two hits, while striking out seven and walking none. He also had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs. Dernedde and Shell each had two hits and Cook tripled.
Beaverton, on Monday, lost 3-1 at home to Gresham in a non-league game. Forster had two hits and drove in the Beavers' run in that contest.
On Tuesday, Tualatin picked up another victory, as it bested McNary 2-1 in a non-league game played at McNary High School. Shell picked up the pitching win, throwing six-and-two-thirds innings. Junior Cameron Atkinson got the final out for the save.
Cook singled in Dernedde for the game-winning run in the top of the seventh.