Tigard tops Sherwood in 11-inning baseball battle
TIGARD — The Tigard and Sherwood high school baseball teams had quite a battle to finish up Three Rivers League play.
And, if they're both successful in their state playoff openers, they'll get the chance to do it again.
Tigard finished the TRL slate by getting a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Bowmen in a league finale played Friday at Tigard High School.
With the win, the Tigers finished TRL action at 12-5 (19-7 overall), putting them in a tie with Tualatin for second place in the final league standings. Sherwood finished TRL play at 9-8 (14-11 overall to that point), putting the Bowmen in a tie for fourth place in the final league standings.
Both teams will open the state playoffs with first-round games on Monday. Tigard, the No. 9 team in the final OSAA power rankings, will host Centennial at 4:30 p.m. Centennial, the No. 3 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and No. 24 team in the power rankings, is 12-13 on the season.
Sherwood, the No. 25 team in the power rankings, will play at Gresham at 5 p.m. on Monday. Gresham, the No. 2 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference and the No. 8 team in the power rankings, is 21-5 on the season.
If Tigard and Sherwood both win their state-playoff openers, they'll meet in a state playoff second-round game Wednesday at Tigard.
The Bowmen, in Friday's league finale at Tigard, took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 11th inning when junior Takumi Kammerzell hit a solo home run to right field.
But the Tigers came back to score twice in the bottom of the frame, when sophomore C.J. Rivers doubled in both senior Kameiah Korok and junior Nick Heinke to give Tigard a walk-off 6-5 win.
Rivers also picked up the pitching victory for Tigard. In five innings of relief, he gave up one run on one hit, while striking out three and walking one.
At the plate, Rivers went 3 for 6 with a double and two RBIs. Also for the Tigers, Korok went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Senior Connor Wojahn went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Senior Brett Thomas went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Senior Taylor Ott went 2 for 5 and senior Parker Kuntz went 2 for 6. Heinke drove in a pair of runs.
For Sherwood, senior Harrison Grow went 2 for 4, with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs. Senior Andrew Edmunds went 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Junior Riley Aggson went 2 for 5. Junior Jacob Matzat scored a pair of runs.
On May 10, the Bowmen got a 9-4 win over Tigard in a league game played at Sherwood High School.
Sophomore Anthony Garrett picked up a complete-game pitching win for the Bowmen. He gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking one. Garrett also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Senior Dawson Abiley went 3 for 4, with a double, a run scored and three RBIs.