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Longhorns step up in the clutch


Tigard holds off Lakeridge to earn a spot in the OIBA tourney

by: DAN BROOD - STRETCHING -- Tigrd shortstop Shane Rasor (right) grabs the ball as Lakeridge's Cooper Hummell slides to second base in Friday's game.LAKE OSWEGO — The Tigard Longhorns had to work a little bit extra.

They also had to endure some tense moments.

But, in the end, they battled their way to a hard-fought berth to the OIBA tournament.

Tigard earned a spot in the 16-team, season-ending OIBA baseball tourney by scoring a 5-4 win over Lakeridge in the deciding game of the teams’ best-of-three playoff series, played Friday at Lakeridge High School.

“This was our only shot,” said Tigard High School junior-to-be Jake Biglow, who pitched the Longhorns to the victory in the deciding game of the series. “It was Game 3 and we had to win. We were ready.”

“We had a great time. It came right down to the seventh inning,” said Tigard’s Bruin Campbell, who shined on defense at second base all night. “This was really important to us, since we’ve been having an up-and-down type of year.”

With the series victory, Tigard improved to 26-25 on the summer season and advanced to play at the OIBA tournament, which started Tuesday at Hare Field in Hillsboro and Clackamas High School. Tigard faced McMinnville in a tournament-opener Tuesday at Hare Field.by: DAN BROOD - WINNING PITCHER -- Tigard's Jake Biglow gets ready to zip in a pitch durning the Longhorns' 5-4 win over Lakeridge.

The Longhorns, in the best-of-three series with Lakeridge, picked up a 4-3 victory in the first game of the series, played last Thursday at Tigard High School. But, in Game 2, played Friday at Lakeridge, the home team scored a 7-2 victory, sending the series to a decisive Game 3, later on Friday at Lakeridge.

“After the first game (on Friday), we all knew we had to come back and win,” Campbell said. “That helped a lot.”

“We were ready for the next game,” Biglow said.

In the decisive game, Tigard jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning. Biglow got things started with by drawing a leadoff walk. Robby Chabreck hit a one-out single and Parker Garland drew a walk to load the bases.

Piero Silva then walked on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in Biglow with the game’s first run.

Tigard then tacked on four more runs in the top of the third inning.

Shane Rasor drew a leadoff walk and Campbell followed with a single to left field, with Rasor moving up to second base on the hit. Both runners then moved up a base on a passed ball. Hunter Spriggs then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, with Rasor scoring on the play to up the Tigard lead to 2-0.

After Biglow was hit by a pitch, Campbell, who stole third base, scored on a balk call. Patrick Finn then doubled to right field, driving in Biglow. Finn moved up to third base on a passed ball and then scored on a wild pitch to cap off the big inning and give the Longhorns a 5-0 lead.

Lakeridge scored a run in its half of the third inning and then scored two more in the fourth to trim the margin to 5-3.

The Longhorns were still holding onto the 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning — and that’s when things got really interesting.

Lakeridge, with a pair of singles and a hit batter, loaded the bases with two outs. Cooper Hummel then came up with an RBI single, with Rasor making a diving stop of the ball to prevent any further damage, to cut the Tigard lead to 5-4, keeping the bases loaded.

Biglow then got Hank Elliott to pop out to Rasor at shortstop to wrap up Tigard’s 5-4 victory.

“The kids stepped up,” Tigard coach Tom Campbell said. “This is huge for us. I was really impressed. We faced some adversity and showed some integrity.”

“That last inning was really intense,” Bruin Campbell said.

Bruin Campbell, throughout Friday’s doubleheader, made many sliding catches of ground balls in shallow right field, followed by quick throws to first base for outs.

“I just tried to give it my all,” he said.

Biglow, in a complete-game pitching performance, gave up six hits while striking out three and walking one.

“I felt good,” he said. “My job was to throw strikes.”

In Friday’s first game, Tigard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, when Biglow scored from third base on the front end of a double steal.

But Lakeridge scored seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 7-1 lead. Tigard got a run in the top of the seventh when Biglow doubled in Spriggs, who led off the inning with a double.


Tigard was edged 3-0 by McMinnville in a first-round game of the double-elimination tournament played Tuesday at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

Chabreck turned in a strong pitching performance in the contest. In six innings of work, he gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three and walking none. Brittian Schneider had a pair of hits for the Longhorns in the game and Chabreck added a single.

Tigard was slated to face Hillsboro in a losers’ bracket first-round game 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 Oregon City or Lake Oswego today (Thursday) in a losers’ bracket second-round game set to start at 10 a.m. at Hare Field.