Wolves grab a share of TRL baseball title
TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School baseball team did it again.
The Timberwolves came away with their third straight three-game sweep in Three Rivers League. Tualatin's latest win, a 4-1 victory home victory over Canby on Friday in a league finale, coupled with a West Linn loss at Sherwood, gave the Wolves a share of the league title.
Tualatin, which finished TRL play at 13-4 (18-7 overall) shared the crown with both West Linn and Lake Oswego.
The Wolves will be looking to keep their momentum when they open play in the Class 6A state playoffs. Tualatin will open postseason play on Monday, when it will host Barlow in a state playoff first-round game, starting at 5 p.m. at Tualatin High School.
Barlow, the No. 4 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, is 15-11 on the season.
Tualatin, in its final series of league play, got a 7-0 win at Canby on May 9. Senior Kaden Cook pitched the first five-and-a-third innings of the shutout, giving up two hits, while striking out seven and walking four. Senior Ryan Webb threw the final one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up no hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Senior Colby Jackson went 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs. Sophomore Blake Jackson went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Junior Kyle Dernedde went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
On Friday, Tualatin completed the sweep by getting a 4-1 victory over Canby in a game played at Tualatin High School.
Dernedde led the offensive attack, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Cole Kinman went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.
Colby Jackson got the pitching win. He gave up one run on five hits, while striking out five and walking one in six innings of work.
Tualatin, if it wins its playoff opener with Barlow on Monday, will either host Oregon City, or travel to West Salem, for a state playoff second-round game on Wednesday.