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Newberg earns third-place at state tournament


Baseball — The Cal Ripken 9-U All-Stars fall 13-3 to Portland in the semifinals last week

Newberg got off to a rough start in the opening round of the Cal Ripken 9-U state tournament, falling 18-0 to West Linn A, but rallied to place third over the weekend at Jaquith Park.

With players and coaches from both Newberg and St. Paul, the team referred to itself as the Buggers or the Tigeroos – amalgamations of the two towns’ high-school mascots.

Newberg struggled against a pair of hard throwers for West Linn and committed too many errors defensively, but rebounded with a 21-6 drubbing of Seaside. by: SETH GORDON - The boys of summer - Wyatt Jordan delivers to the plate during the Newberg Cal Ripken 9U All-Star team's opening-round loss to West Linn ‘A' at the state tournament July 12 at Jaquith Park.

Connor Hale struck out six batters and walked four in two innings of work, with Lance Tuck pitching the final two. Jackson Delp led the attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and four runs. Tuck, Hale and Austin Jordan contributed two hits apiece and combined to score 10 times.

Hale turned around and threw a complete game in a 15-4 win over West Linn Gold that kept the Tigeroos alive in the tournament, striking out six and allowing three hits.

Delp once again paced the offense, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs, while Hale and Kellen Desbien had two hits apiece.

“We were really patient at the plate this game and drew quite a few walks,” head coach Joey McCain said. “Along with the walks we spread around eight hits, of which two of them were triples by Connor.”

Wyatt Jordan helped Newberg gain revenge over Lakeridge, which had twice beaten the Tigeroos by one run in a previous tournament, pitching a gem to launch his team into the semifinals.

Jordan allowed two unearned runs in the first, but was lights out the rest of the way, allowing four hits for the game and walking just one before Delp closed out the win by pitching the sixth.

“The story of this game was Wyatt’s ability to consistently throw strikes,” McCain said. “He doesn’t have the power that Connor has but he is a little more accurate when pitching. He kept his pitches low in the zone and over the plate. He only had one strikeout, but everything that Lakeridge hit was a soft ground ball to the infield.”

Offensively, Newberg drew 11 walks to go along with five hits, including a pair of doubles by Hale and a triple by Delp.

The Tigeroos stayed close with Portland for four innings in the semifinal, trailing 5-3, but were retired 1-2-3 in each of the final three innings and committed five errors in the final two frames to help Portland add eight more runs.

Newberg finished 10-9 on the season, with the highlight being a 14-13 win over Lebanon in a game that saw them trailing 12-0.

“We had a great group of kids,” McCain said. “They love baseball. We had a ton of fun this year.”

Senior Babe Ruth

The Newberg Senior Babe Ruth squad picked up a pair of wins last week, topping Tigard 9-1 July 9 and beating Lincoln 7-2 Monday.

Tim Symolon threw five innings, allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts to earn the victory against Tigard, which saw Cole Miller strike out the final six batters to preserve the win.

“As a team we hit the ball really well,” head coach Jeff Cochell said. “Our defense played even better. We had no errors in the game.”

Miller pitched a complete game Monday to lead the Tigers past the Cardinals, striking out 10 against two hits and five walks.

Miller also set the tone offensively, slamming a solo home run in the first inning.

Seth Leard and Ryan Knight led a strong defensive performance with a couple of clutch plays, including a game-ending double play by the first baseman Knight.

“I am proud of these boys, they played a great game tonight against a good Lincoln team,” Cochell said. “I take my hat off to the team for one of the best efforts I’ve seen this season.”