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No hits in the summertime

Jacob Bennett no-hits West Linn in the Dawgs' 6-0 OIBA win


by: DAN BROOD - NO-HIT PITCHER -- Suburban Door pitcher Jacob Bennett fires a pitch to the plate during the Dawgs' OIBA game with West Linn last Thursday. Bennett threw a no-hitter in Suburban Door's 6-0 victory. TUALATIN — Jacob Bennett said that he didn’t really have his best stuff.

It might be hard to convince the West Linn squad of that.

After all, Bennett, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher for the Tualatin-based Suburban Door baseball team, had the Lions totally baffled all contest.

Bennett may not have had his best stuff, but his stuff was good enough to produce a no-hitter as he led the Dawgs to a 6-0 victory in an Oregon Independent Baseball Association division opener played last Thursday at Tualatin High School.

“That means a lot to me,” Bennett said of his first no-hitter at the varsity level. “It was all on the defense. I knew that everyone had my back.”

Bennett, who recently completed his sophomore season for the Tualatin High School baseball team, earning first-team All-Pacific Conference honors, struck out five and walked three in getting the no-hitter.

“I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff,” he said. “But I got my pitches to work when I needed it.”

“Jacob threw a great game,” Suburban Door coach Adam Strachan said. “He didn’t even have his best stuff today, but he located his pitches when he needed to. Any time you get a no-hitter, it’s a lot of fun.”

In last Thursday’s game, the Dawgs took their 6-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning, where Bennett looked to try to wrap up the no-hitter.

He struck out West Linn’s Nikko Mills for the first out of the inning.

At that time, Suburban Door third baseman Brandon Shroyer made a trip to the mound.

“All I said was ‘two more outs,’” Shroyer said.

“I think he didn’t want to jinx me,” Bennett said. “We just kind of laughed.”

No worries.

Bennett got West Linn’s Parker Huffman to ground out to shortstop Tanner Marsh for the second out of the inning. Bennett then completed the no-hitter when he got Trevor Wells to ground out to Karter Cook at first base.

“I didn’t think about it (the no-hitter) until the seventh inning,” Bennett said.

“I think we all tried not to think about it too much,” Shroyer said.

Meanwhile, behind Bennett’s no-hit performance, the young Suburban Door squad picked up its first key win of the summer season.

“It’s a young group, but we’re really excited about this group,” Strachan said. “These are some really great kids. It’s going to be a summer of building.”

“We’re really young, but I’ve been playing with these guys all my life,” Bennett said. “I think we have a lot of potential. I’m excited to see what we can do.”

In last Thursday’s game, the Dawgs grabbed a quick lead by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Marsh, who just completed his sophomore season at Tualatin, drew a leadoff walk to get the inning started. Trevor Riese followed with a single to right field, putting runners on first and second base.

Shroyer, who just completed his junior season at Tualatin, then ripped a double to right-center field. Marsh and Riese both came around to score on the hit to give the Dawgs a 2-0 lead.

The Tualatin team continued to threaten after that.

Chase Anderson hit a two-out single in the second inning, Riese and Bennett both singled in the third inning, but the Dawgs couldn’t score in either of those frames.

In bottom of the fourth inning, Suburban Door tried to take advantage of a pair of West Linn errors, but the Dawgs couldn’t capitalize, as Jackson Schleicher was thrown out at home trying to score on a fielder’s choice grounder by Nathan Senger.

So, while Bennett was still keeping the Lions in check, Suburban Door was still clinging to its 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

But that’s when the Dawgs broke the game open.

Cameron Frey got things going for the Tualatin squad with a one-out single to right field. Senger then drew a walk, and Eli Robinson followed with a single to left field, driving in Frey to make the score 3-0.

Marsh followed with an RBI single to left field, plating Senger to up the margin to 4-0.

Robinson then scored on a sacrifice fly by Riese, and Shroyer doubled in Marsh to complete the scoring in the 6-0 victory.

Suburban Door, as a team, had nine hits in the contest.

Shroyer led the way, going 2 for 3 at the plate with two doubles, a stolen base and three RBIs.

“Brandon was great at the plate,” Strachan said.

“I just saw the ball well,” Shroyer said.

Shroyer, who looks to maybe be the main veteran player on the team, could play a key role this summer.

“I’m hoping I can help lead the younger guys,” he said. “I can help show them how we play ball at Tualatin. I think we’ve already grown a lot this summer.”

Riese added a pair of hits in the victory while Anderson, Bennett, Frey, Robinson and Marsh all had one hit apiece.

The Suburban Door team will next be in action Tuesday, when it plays Forest Grove in a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Grove High School. On Wednesday, the Dawgs will travel to Roseburg to face American Legion power Doc Stewart’s in a nine-inning game starting at 4 p.m. at Legion Field.



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