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Dawgs get sweep in series with Sherwood

Both teams score wins in their OIBA tourney openers


by: DAN BROOD - CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN -- Sherwood first baseman Tanner Dillree (left) looks to make a throw to shortstop Jacob Church (right), as they have Tualatin's Chase Anderson in a rundown during Saturday's playoff game. Anderson made it safely to second base on the play. TUALATIN — Postseason arrived for the Tualatin-based Suburban Door OIBA baseball team.

But the Dawgs weren’t about to change their strategy one little bit going into the playoffs.

And, if the team’s best-of-three playoff series with neighboring Sherwood is any indication, then that strategy is working out just fine.

The Tualatin team tuned up for the season-ending OIBA tournament by sweeping Sherwood, in impressive fashion, in games played Friday at Sherwood and Saturday at Tualatin High School.

“We just want to go out and play Tualatin baseball,” said Suburban Door’s Nathan Senger, a Tualatin High junior-to-be who was the winning pitcher in the Dawgs’ 6-1 win over the Bowmen on Saturday. “We just want to play our game and do our best.”

“We’re looking to play a lot of baseball at the tournament,” Suburban Door center fielder Chase Anderson said. “And we want to have a good time.”

The Dawgs have already experienced plenty of good times in postseason play. Following their playoff sweep of Sherwood, the Tualatin team opened OIBA tourney play on Tuesday by posting a 7-3 win over Canby in a first-round game played at West Linn High School.

“We’ve been playing our best baseball at the end of the summer,” Suburban Door coach Adam Strachan said following Saturday’s win over Sherwood. “We have a good group of kids and good pitchers who all throw strikes. We want to be playing next Saturday (the final day of the OIBA tourney).”

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING PITCHER -- Tualatin's Nathan Senger fires a pitch to the plate during the Dawgs' OIBA playoff victory over Sherwood.The Dawgs sure seemed to get strong pitching performances during their series with Sherwood.

In Saturday’s series-clinching win, Senger, in six innings of work, gave up one unearned run on eight hits while striking out two and walking one.

“I knew if I just threw strikes, that our defense would have my back,” Senger said.

Meanwhile, Suburban Door struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning to take early control of Saturday’s game.

The speedy Anderson, batting in the leadoff spot, singled to center field on the first pitch he saw to get things going for the Dawgs. He stole second base on a pickoff play and then he stole third base with one out in the frame.

Anderson would then score the game’s first run on Chris Fishback’s two-out single to right field, giving Tualatin its early 1-0 advantage.

Sherwood battled back to tie the game in the top of the third inning. Lucas Adams reached first base on an error to lead off the frame. He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Gardetto and then advanced to third on a groundout by Adley Rutschman. Dayton Vaughn then singled to left field, driving in Adams to knot up the score at 1-1.

But the Dawgs regained the lead in their half of the inning. Trevor Riese and Jesse Chick hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the frame to give the home team a 2-1 advantage.by: DAN BROOD - ACTION -- Sherwood shortstop Jacob Church (right) looks to grab the ball while Tualatin's Caulder Fettig heads to second on a stolen base attempt.

Suburban Door then all but put the game away by scoring four more times in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Senger drew a walk to lead off the frame. Riese followed with a single to left field and Ben Jacobsen put down a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Senger then scored on a grounder by Fishback to make the score 3-1.

With one out in the frame, Caulder Fettig singled in both Riese and Chick to up the margin to 5-1.

Fishback scored later in the inning on a passed ball to cap off the scoring in the Dawgs’ 6-1 victory.

“That was good,” Anderson said. “It was an all-around great effort. We won as a team. Our chemistry has really come together.”

Suburban Door, as a team, had 10 base hits in the victory.

Anderson went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored. Riese went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Fettig went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Fishback had a hit and two RBIs.

Chick pitched the final frame for the Tualatin team, giving up no runs and a hit.

For Sherwood, Jacob Church and Rutschman had two hits apiece.

In Friday’s series-opener, Tualatin got a combined no-hit pitching performance from Taylor Boos and Robert Oakman.

Boos threw the first five innings and Oakman pitched the final two frames. It was the Dawgs’ third no-hitter of the summer season.

Riese had the big hit of the game with a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning.

Sherwood bounced back from the losses to Tualatin to get a 6-2 win over Lakeridge in an OIBA tourney first-round game played Tuesday at Clackamas High School.

“That went pretty darn well,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said.

Jared Urbach pitched the first six innings for the Bowmen in the victory. Rutschman pitched the seventh inning, striking out the side.

by: DAN BROOD - PLAY AT THE PLATE -- Tualatin catcher Jackson Schleicher (left) grabs the ball and looks to tag out Sherwood's Dayton Vaughn.Brenden Wexted went 3 for 3 at the plate for Sherwood, including a two-run single in the Bowmen’s five-run fifth inning. Church, Vaughn and Tanner Dillree each had an RBI single in the frame.

Rutschman went 2 for 4 at the plate in the win. Rich Hekker and Cam DuFault each added a hit.

Suburban Door had to come from behind to get its win over Canby on Thursday, as the Dawgs trailed 3-0 early in that contest.

Chick led the offensive attack in the win, going 3 for 3 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Boos pitched the first five innings in the victory and Oakman threw the final two frames.

Sherwood and Tualatin were both scheduled to continue play in the 16-team, double-elimination tournament Wednesday in winners’ bracket quarterfinal contests. However, those games were postponed due to rain.

Tualatin and Sherwood will both return to tournament action today (Thursday).

Sherwood will face West Linn in a winners’ bracket quarterfinal game set to start at 11:30 a.m. Tualatin will face Lake Oswego in a winners’ bracket quarterfinal starting at 2 p.m. at Lake Oswego High School.



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