Longhorns prep with victory on Tuesday
TIGARD — The Longhorns look like they're ready to go.
The Tigard OIBA baseball team, in its final game before the season-ending state tournament, ran to an 8-5 win over Columbia River, Wash., in a contest played Tuesday at Tigard High School.
With the victory, the Longhorns ended their regular-season schedule with a final record of 24-13.
Tigard was scheduled to open play at the 16-team, single-elimination OIBA tournament, which started Wednesday, and runs through Saturday at Wilsonville High School, with a first-round game against Grant on Wednesday.
Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.
If the Longhorns won on Wednesday, they'll face either Sunset or Southridge in a tournament quarterfinal game Friday at 7 p.m.
Tigard pounded out 11 hits in the victory over Columbia River on Tuesday. Sam Pittmon helped lead the offensive attack, going 3 for 3 at the plate, with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Lance Kreisberg went 2 for 3, with a double and three runs scored. Tyler Penn went 3 for 4 at the plate. Ben Barbee doubled and scored a run. Brandt Bridges singled and drove in two runs.
Sam Gerkman, Pittmon and Joey Cavalli combined to pitch the Longhorns to the victory.
On Saturday, Tigard was edged 5-4 by Beaverton in a game played at Tigard High School.
Fletcher Ahl went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Longhorns in that game, with a run scored. Micah O'Donnell tripled and drove in a run. C.J. Rivers doubled and scored a run. Pittmon had a hit and an RBI. Cavalli went 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, and Bobby Carter drove in a run.
Last Thursday, the Longhorns swept a doubleheader from Wilsonville in games played at Wilsonville High School.
Tigard won the first game 6-5.
Rivers went 2 for 2 in that contest, with a run scored and an RBI. Kreisberg went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Penn doubled and scored twice. Carter drove in a run.
The Longhorns won the second game 16-2, in five innings.
Pittmon went 2 for 3 at the plate in the win, with three runs scored and three RBIs. Penn went 2 for 5, with four RBIs. Manny Andrade went 2 for 4, with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Rivers went 2 for 5, with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Ahl went 2 for 3, with two runs scored and an RBI.
Carter picked up a complete-game pitching win. He gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out three and walking one.
The OIBA tournament semifinal games will be played Saturday at 1 p.m., with the championship game set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.