MONMOUTH — The Newberg 18-U Oregon Independent Baseball Association (OIBA) baseball team continued it's solid summer by placing third at the Western Oregon University Fourth of July Tournament over the weekend.
The Tigers opened Friday with a 5-3 win over the Canyon Crushers, with pitchers Anthony Stigall and Derek Maiben splitting time on the mound. Maiben earned the victory, but Stigall also went 4 for 4 at the plate.
Newberg, which features a mix of recent high school graduates and current players, then went toe to toe with a Mid-Valley Rockets team that includes numerous college players.
The Tigers had to rally to tie the score at 7-7 and force extra innings, but the Rockets struck for a run in the bottom of the eighth to escape with an 8-7 decision.
Maiben led the team with three hits and Brandon Cervantes drove in three runs for Newberg.
Recent graduate Taylor Palmer gave his team a chance in the semifinals on Saturday, throwing a complete game, but the Tigers could not give him enough run support and fell 3-1 to the Dallas Dirtbags.
That set up a rematch versus the Canyon Crushers for third place, but Newberg quickly fell behind 4-0. The Tigers chipped away at the lead, getting as close as 4-3 before the Crushers added two more in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead back to three runs.
Thanks to timely hits from Cameron Laroche and both Derek and Jacob Maiben, Newberg scored three in the sixth to knot the contest at 6-6.
Laroche then entered the game and retired the Crushers in order in the bottom of the sixth, setting up a dramatic finish.
Stigall and Brandon Ferris hit singles to open the seventh and a walk by Jordan Beaudry loaded the bases for Jacob Maiben, who doubled off the centerfield wall to make it 8-6.
Laroche had to work his way out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh, but produced a fly ball to center to end the contest.
Newberg (10-3) will participate in the North Salem Wood Bat Tournament Friday and Saturday.