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Dawgs rally to win tournament opener

The Tualatin team comes back to beat Salem 4-3


by: DAN BROOD - CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN -- Suburban Door shortstop Tanner Marsh (right) is about to tag out Salem's Sammy Silva during the fourth inning of Friday's game at the Suburban Door Wood Bat Classic. The Dawgs rallied to get a 4-3 victory. TUALATIN — The Tualatin-based Suburban Door OIBA baseball team wanted to make a good showing at its home tournament.

The Dawgs were hoping to maybe even win the tourney title for a third straight year.

To even have a chance to do that, they needed to win their opening game of the event.

But, midway through it opening game, things weren’t exactly looking positive for the Suburban Door squad.

However, with determination on their side, the Dawgs rallied to pick up a win, keeping their tourney title hopes alive.

Suburban Door, after trailing the Salem Senators 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, rallied to get a 4-3 victory in a first round game of the eighth-annual Suburban Door Wood Bat Showcase, an eight-team tourney played last Friday through Sunday at Tualatin High School.

“This was a pretty big win for us,” said Cody Davidson, a Tualatin High School senior-to-be who turned in a complete-game pitching performance in Friday’s tournament opener. “It’s good to start with a win. It would be nice to win this tournament for the third year in a row. We had to win tonight to have a chance for that.”

“This is really important to us,” said Tualatin High junior-to-be Karter Cook, who drove in the winning run. “We’d like to win our home tournament.”

The Dawgs, in Friday’s opener, trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the second inning. They trimmed the margin to 2-1 when Tanner Marsh singled and eventually scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Jackson Schleicher.

But the Senators pushed their lead to 3-1 when Garrett Moser scored on the front end of a double steal attempt in the top of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the frame, the Dawgs got hits by both Marsh and Cameron Frey, but they were left stranded on base.

Just when it looked like Suburban Door wouldn’t be able to gain any momentum, the team got a key play in the top of the fifth inning. With Salem runners on first and third with two outs, Schleicher, the Dawgs’ catcher, tagged out Salem’s A.J. Albers, who was caught in a rundown between third and home on a pickoff play started by Davidson.

Suburban Door carried its momentum into the bottom of the inning.

Bryce Haskin got things going for the Dawgs in their half of the fifth with a one-out single to left. He moved to second on a groundout by Brandon Shroyer and then scored on a single by Trevor Riese, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Marsh followed with a double to right-center field, with Riese advancing to third base on the play.

Cook then singled to center field, driving in both Riese and Marsh to give Suburban Door a 4-3 lead.

“I just tried to keep it simple,” Cook said.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Salem threatened in the top of the seventh. Cody Jackson drew a walk for the Senators to lead off the inning. Jackson then stole second base and he advanced to third on a ground out by Logan Johnson.

But Davidson escaped the jam with a strikeout, followed by a fly-ball out to center field, wrapping up the 4-3 victory.

“It was a little scary,” Davidson said of the final inning. “But getting that play at home earlier really helped.”

“We have a group that is really competitive,” Suburban Door coach Adam Strachan said. “They go out and compete every day.”

Davidson, a left-hander who was battling the flu on Friday, gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.

“Cody really settled in,” Strachan said.

“I felt really good,” Davidson said. “It was one of my best performances.”

Suburban Door, as a team, had 11 hits in the victory. Marsh had three hits while Cook, Haskin and Riese each had a pair of hits.

In Saturday’s semifinal round of the tournament, Suburban Door saw its rally come up just short in a 7-6 loss to the Perth Heat from Perth, Australia.

The Dawgs trailed 7-2 in that game before coming back to cut the lead to 7-6. Suburban Door had runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of that contest, but a pickoff ended the game.

Haskin pitched the distance for Suburban Door. He gave up just two earned runs.

Schleicher went 4 for 4 at the plate in that contest. Marsh had two hits, including a double, Cook had two hits and Shroyer added a double.

On Sunday, Suburban Door fell 9-0 to Westview in the tournament third-place game.

The Tualatin team returns to league play Monday when it plays at Sunset in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, the Dawgs will be home to face Gresham at noon.




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