Tigers rolling going into state baseball playoffs
TIGARD — The Tigard High School baseball team finished the regular season in blazing fashion, and likely gained some momentum going into the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Tigers completed a sweep over Newberg in Three Rivers League play and followed that up by getting a 5-1 non-league win over Southridge.
Tigard, which finished fifth in the final TRL standings at 10-7, will take an overall record of 18-9 into the Class 6A state playoffs. The Tigers, who are the No. 18 team in the final OSAA power rankings, will play at Sprague on Monday in a first-round state playoff game set to start at 5 p.m.
Sprague, the No. 3 team out of the Greater Valley Conference, and the No. 15 team in the power rankings, is 17-9 on the season.
Tigard, in the final stretch of TRL play, got a 13-2 win at Newberg on May 9.
Junior Lance Kreisberg pitched a complete game for the Tigers in the victory, throwing a one-hitter, while striking out 13.
Tigard junior Caden Stinson belted a grand slam home run in the victory. Junior C.J. Rivers added a home run. Senior Micah O'Donnell went 3 for 4 at the plate.
On Friday, Tigard got a 10-2 home win over Newberg in league play. Stinson hit another grand slam home run in that contest. Rivers hit a pair of triples.
Junior Sam Gerkman picked up the pitching win, allowing four hits and one earned run. Senior left fielder Sam Pittmon made a diving catch and O'Donnell, playing in right field, made a sliding catch in the victory.
In the win over Southridge, in a game played on Tuesday, Kreisberg tripled and drove in three runs. Senior Nick Heinke went 2 for 2 at the plate with a pair of runs scored. Rivers hit a triple and sophomore Fletcher Ahl doubled.
Rivers also picked up the pitching victory, allowing one run in five innings of work.
Tigard, if it wins its playoff opener at Sprague on Monday, will either host a state playoff second-round game, or travel to South Medford, on Wednesday.