The Newberg 18-U OIBA summer baseball team could hardly have picked a better way to kick off the North Salem Wood Bat Tournament on Friday, as Brandon Cervantes and Derek Maiben combined to throw a no-hitter versus an Australian travel team's second squad.
Like the rest of the summer, the Tigers stayed on a roll the rest of the weekend, winning four more games to capture the tournament title and improve to 15-3 overall.
Cervantes threw four innings in the 9-0 win over the Australian 'B' team, with Derek Maiben closing out the game in the fifth.
Newberg continued to get good pitching throughout the weekend, as Cameron Laroche pitched six and two thirds innings in Friday's night cap, a 6-1 win over Lakeridge.
Derek Maiben then threw four innings against North Salem on Saturday, but it was the offense that stood out as the Tigers put up four runs in the third and seven in the fourth to pull away for an 11-1 win.
That put Newberg into a semifinal game versus the Carson Oil team from Hood River Valley, which was tied 2-2 through five innings. After holding their opponents scoreless in the top of the sixth, the Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the frame to end the contest. Laroche led the way with three hits and three RBIs.
A match-up versus the Australian team's 'A' squad loomed in the championship, but Newberg rallied once again to earn a 6-4 win.
The Australians scored twice in the top of the fifth to tie the game 2-2, but the Tigers answered with four in the bottom half of the frame to put the game away. A spate of five errors helped keep the game close, but Newberg's 11 hits were enough to get the job done.
"It's all about the team," senior Anthony Stigall said. "We're playing really well as a team together this summer."