Tigard’s Makenna Reid outscores Oregon City’s Lily Riley as Tigers edge Trailblazers in 10 innings
TIGARD — Tigard senior Makenna Reid and Oregon City sophomore Lily Riley both threw gems as Tigard beat Oregon City 1-0 in extra innings Friday afternoon at Tigard High School.
“It comes down to what the other team is trying to do and how you can get an out without that run scoring,” Reid said of Friday’s pitching duel. “That double play (in the 10th inning) was really big. Even getting that first out with their runner on second base and not moving, having an out was pretty good as well. I think we did really well to hold them back and not let them run this last round.
She added: “It was crazy. It took a lot of courage from all of our girls. … I thought we fought really hard – attack and defence. Even though we didn’t score that point until the whole last, I’m proud of them.
Tigard (14-1) ended Friday’s game on a free kick when junior catcher Karen Spadafora hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home junior outfielder Nozomi Akin from third base.
Spadafora was 1 of 4 with a seventh-inning single and an RBI.
“Just the resilience and the character of this team to keep fighting no matter where we were in the game or where we were in the lineup, and we just fought for each other and believed in each other. others,” Tigard coach Pete Kostel said. “Great opportunity to emerge victorious.”
Kostel added of Friday’s battle between the pitchers, “First of all, hats off to the Oregon City pitcher. She threw a hell of a game. We struggled a bit more at the end to get the bat on the ball, but she kept us off balance the whole game. And number 12 in the circle (Reid) is one of the most competitive kids I’ve ever been around, if not the most. His energy and competitiveness rubs off on this team.
In the top of the tenth inning, Oregon City (8-4) had a runner on third base with one out. The Pioneers opted for the squeeze play trying to get ahead.
Trailblazing junior infielder Gina Allen, however, appeared at pitcher. On the play, the base runner – sophomore outfielder Ally Pagel – went for home plate without scoring. Reid then made the throw to third base to complete the double play and end the first half of the inning.
“We definitely need to work on our bunting. We’re a good hitting team, and when we can’t make contact with the ball, we have to learn to put a bunt in play,” Oregon City coach MacKenzie Washington said. “So that’s definitely something we’re going to work on.”
She added: “I really need my daughters to believe in themselves. When they’ve had a hard time on the plate a few times, when we get to the nitty-gritty, they need to shut down what happened before like it’s a brand new game and really take their bats one at a time because what’s coming next is what they have to focus on and get the job done We haven’t been able to do some of those adjustments today across the range, but it’s coming.
Reid and Riley pitched all 10 innings – Reid had 23 strikeouts and Riley finished with 12 strikeouts.
Reid said she was confident in her abilities from the start of the match.
“I think I slowed down in speed (in the last few innings), but I think the adrenaline kicked in at the end, and I’m just like, ‘I’m going to get there,'” the Tigers senior said. and Florida. The state undertakes said. “It’s also nice to have Karen there to frame everything, and she gets the winning shot, so that’s even nicer.”
Washington added that although Riley suffered the loss on Friday night, she showed she was going to be a tough competitor for the Pioneers.
“Lily, being only a second year here and truly her first full season, so proud of the growth we’ve seen in her. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to in the next two years.
And despite the loss, Washington hopes his team can grow by participating in these kinds of close games.
“We need these close games. We are a young team. Victories will come with experience,” said the Pioneers coach. “We haven’t had many close games so these will only make us stronger. Eventually we will fall in our way. When you understand it, it comes.