Crimson Tide get their first victory over Tualatin since joining the Pacific Conference four years ago
Glencoe showed tremendous resilience last Friday, weathering a first-inning injury to its starting pitcher and cobbling together just enough offense to beat Tualatin 3-2 in Pacific Conference baseball action.
The win was Glencoes first against Tualatin the six-time defending conference champions since joining the league in 2011, and it helped bump the Crimson Tides record to 6-9 overall and 3-3 in league play, good for fourth place. The loss was Tualatins second of the season and first in league play.
Glencoe got off to an inauspicious beginning when starting pitcher Skylar Watters had to leave the game in the bottom of the first with an apparent leg injury. With two outs and two runners on base, senior Reed Cuddigan entered the game and induced an inning-ending pop out to keep the sixth-ranked Timberwolves (12-2-1, 6-1) off the scoreboard.
The game remained scoreless until Glencoe broke through in the top of the fourth. Tanner Williams led off the frame with a bloop single to right field and Joey Haynes reached on an error. Both runners advanced on Grant Rameys groundout, setting up senior Kyle Campbell, who smacked a two-out, two-run single to center field.
Campbell eventually came around to score on another Tualatin error, giving the Tide a 3-0 advantage.
Tualatin got a run back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-1, and the Timberwolves mounted another rally in the sixth inning.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Chase Anderson laced an RBI single that scored pinch runner Bryce Haskins, but Glencoe center fielder Andre Becton threw out Brandon Shroyer at home plate to end the inning and preserve Glencoes precarious one-run lead.
Campbell came on to pitch the seventh inning for Glencoe, and after issuing a leadoff walk, he worked out the jam with a flyout and a groundout.
Glencoe was scheduled to play three games on the road against McMinnville this week (results were not available at press time). The final game of that series will be played today at 4:30 p.m.