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Tigard rally comes up short


The Tigers are tipped by Lincoln in state playoff contest

PORTLAND — The Tigard High softball team didn’t get off to the start it had hoped for in its Class 6A state playoff first-round game against Lincoln.

But, wow, Tigard had a heck of a finish.

However, the Tigers’ fantastic finish wasn’t quite enough to get them a win.

Tigard saw its season come to a close with a 7-5 loss to Lincoln in a state playoff game played Monday at Erv Lind Stadium.

“We made some mistakes on the bases and fielding,” Tigard coach Connie Jolley said. “But it was really cool to see how our girls kept competing and, in the end, make it close.”

With the loss, Tigard, the No. 5 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 16-11. Lincoln, the No. 3 team out of Special District 3, improved to 17-10 on the season. The Cardinals also advanced to play at Barlow on Wednesday in a state second-round game.

Tigard, in Monday’s postseason contest, spotted Lincoln a 5-0 first-inning lead. The Tigers got one of those runs back in the top of the third inning to cut the lead to 5-1, but the Cardinals answered back with single runs in both the fourth and sixth inning, making the score 7-1 going into the top of the seventh inning.

Tigard, not giving up, scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to trim the final margin to 7-5.

Sophomore Kalyna Korok led the Tigers’ 10-hit offensive attack in the game, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a run and an RBI. Junior Kayla Saldana went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Junior Lexi Kelly went 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore Ramsey Hare went 2 for 3 at the plate.

Tigard earned the Class 6A state playoff bid by besting McKay 11-1, in five innings, in a Class 6A play-in game played May 20 at Tigard High School.

Saldana went 2 for 4 at the plate in that game with a stolen base a run scored and two RBIs. Hare and Korok each hit a double. Freshman Kaitlyn Nunn picked up the pitching win, giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven in five innings of work.

Monday’s state playoff loss marked the final high school game for Tigard seniors Liz Vanderburg, Charlee McGuire, Amanda Heinle and Jo Ann Grassman.