TIGARD -- Tigard senior Makenna Reid and Oregon City sophomore Lily Riley both pitched gems as Tigard beat Oregon City 1-0 in extra innings Friday afternoon at Tigard High School.
"It kind of breaks 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 pitcher's duel. "That double play (in the 10th inning) was really important. Even grabbing that first out with their runner on second base and not moving, having an out was really beneficial as well. I thought we did really well holding them and not letting them get a run that last inning."
"That was crazy. It took a lot of effort from all of our girls.... I thought we fought really hard offense and defense. Even though we didn't score that run until the very last, I'm proud of them."
Tigard finished Friday's contest on a walk-off when junior catcher Karen Spadafora hit a sacrifice fly to the left field to bring home junior outfielder Nozomi Akin from third base.
Spadafora surpassed four goals in the seventh inning with a single and an RBI.
"We had just the resilience and character of this team to keep fighting no matter where we were in the game or where we were in the lineup," Tigard coach Pete Kostel said. "We just fought for each other and believed in each other."
First of all, she hats off to Oregon City's pitcher. She pitched a heck of a game, but she kept us off track during the game. No. 12 in the circle (Reid) is one of the most competitive kids I've ever seen, if not the most. Her energy and her competitiveness erodes this team.
Oregon City (8-4) had a runner on third base with one out. The Pioneers went for the squeeze play attempting to go ahead.
Gina Allen, a Pioneer junior infielder, popped up to the pitcher. On the play, the baserunner, sophomore outfielder Ally Pagel, went for the home plate without going up. Reid then made the throw to the third base to complete the double play and end the top half of the inning.
"We need to work on our bunting," says Oregon City coach MacKenzie Washington. "So, that's definitely a piece of it that we'll be working on."
"I really need my girls to believe in themselves." When they get down into this, they must really stop doing what they did a few times, like it's a brand new game, really take their at-bats one at a time because what they're going to do next is what they'll focus on and get the job done. We were not able to make some of those adjustments today throughout the entire lineup, but it's coming."
Reid and Riley both tossed all 10 innings, with the Reds scoring 23 strikeouts, and Riley scored 12 strikeouts.
Reid said she was committed to her abilities from the start of the game.
Im sure I slowed down on speed (in the later innings), but I'm guessing the adrenaline was kicked in at the end, and I'm just like, Im going to get this done, the Tigers senior and Florida State commit said. Its nice also seeing Karen back there framing everything, and she gets the winning hit, so its even better.
Even if Riley took the stage on Friday night, Washington said it showed that she'll be a tough competitor for the Pioneers.
"Lily, she's only a sophomore out here, and she's really enjoying her first full season. We've been amazed by the growth that she has experienced in her. I can't wait to see what she'll do in the next two years."
Despite the loss, Washington hopes his team will benefit from playing such tough games.
We need these close games. We're a young team. Wins are going to come with experience, said the Pioneers coach. We haven't had a lot of close games yet, so these are only going to make us stronger. Eventually, one will be going to fall our way. When we figure it out, it's coming.