Twins near perfect in tourney opener
WILSONVILLE — Now that was impressive.
The Tigard Twins put together outstanding pitching, timely hitting and solid defense and came away with a 10-0, six-inning win over David Douglas in a Futures state tournament first-round game played last Thursday at Wilsonville High School.
"I knew before I got here that we were going to win," said Tigard's Andrew Carter, who threw a complete-game one-hitter for the Twins. "We were ready to go right from the beginning."
"That went really well," said Mikey McNamee, who hit a three-run triple in the victory. "The whole team did great. We hit it where they weren't, and we all cheered each other on."
The Twins got off to a fast start in last week's game, getting a run in the top of the first inning.
C.J. Hilgaertner got things going with an infield single. He stole second base, stole third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Lucas Underwood, giving Tigard a quick 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, David Douglas got a one-out single by Tyson Goodall. It would turn out to be the Pirates' only hit of the game.
The Twins then broke the game open in the top of the third inning.
Cameron O'Connor hit an infield single to lead off the frame. Jake Martin then reached base when David Douglas committed a throwing error on his sacrifice bunt.
Two outs later, Bryce Goetz reached base on another error, loading the bases. O'Connor then scored on Bobby Carter's infield single, upping the lead to 2-0.
McNamee then tripled down the left-field line, plating Martin, Goetz and Bobby Carter, making the score 5-0.
"I just wanted to hit the ball," McNamee said. "I saw the pitch I wanted, and drove it to left."
McNamee would then score when David Douglas committed an error on a ball hit by Andrew Carter, capping off the scoring in the big inning, and giving the Twins a 6-0 advantage.
Tigard added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Hilgaertner got things going with a one-out double to the fence in left field. Tristan Kelleher then hit an infield single. Goetz followed that up with a two-run double to center field, giving the Twins an 8-0 lead.
Tigard scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Holden Hughes, leading off the frame, drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Hughes then advanced to second base on a groundout by Hilgaertner and he moved to third on a groundout by Underwood.
Hughes then scored, when David Douglas committed a throwing error following a grounder by Kolby Shimojima, upping the margin to 9-0.
Then, after Bobby Carter drew a walk, McNamee singled to right field, driving in Shimojima to make the score 10-0.
Andrew Carter then put David Douglas down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning, wrapping up the 10-0 victory.
"This was a lot of fun," Andrew Carter said. "Yesterday, we had a game, but we were all talking about this one. We were ready to go."
Carter, in getting the shutout, gave up just one hit, while striking out five and walking two.
"Andrew was amazing," McNamee said. "We always expect him to throw strikes, and we did a good job backing him up."
Tigard, as a team, had 11 hits in the victory.
McNamee went 2 for 4 at the plate, with a triple, a run scored and four RBIs. Underwood went 2 for 4 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Andrew Carter, Bobby Carter, O'Connor, Andre Eagles, Kelleher, Goetz and Johnny Nomani all added one hit apiece, with Goetz' hit being a double.
On Friday at the 16-team, single-elimination tournament, the Twins scored a 12-2, five-inning win over Barlow in a quarterfinal contest.
Hilgaertner went 3 for 3 at the plate in that game, with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. McNamee went 2 for 2 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Eagles went 2 for 2 with an RBI. Underwood drove in three runs. Levi Forslund and Goetz both drove in two runs, with Goetz hitting a triple. Hughes also had a triple.
Jack Hallam picked up the pitching win. He gave up two runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking none in five innings of work.
Tigard's tournament stay ended with a 7-3 semifinal loss to Jesuit on Saturday.