ONTARIO — The Tigers closed their 2019 home schedule with a bang on Friday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with Greater Oregon League-leading Baker.
The Tigers (12-8, 7-5 GOL) will be waiting for Monday for the OSAA’s rankings to freeze to know their postseason fate.
The Tigers hopped on the Bulldogs early in game one, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning, and three more times in the second.
Seth Forsyth pitched a gem for the Tigers in game one. The future Chukar pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits, no walks and struck out five.
Forsyth was also big with his bat in the first game. He was two-for-three at the plate with a home run, six RBIs and one run scored. Forsyth’s home run came in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Tigers put the game away late.
Chance Palmer had one hit and scored two runs for the Tigers.
All of the Tigers’ momentum went to the Bulldogs in game two of the doubleheader. Baker scored seven runs in the first inning to take an early lead.
The Tigers were able to come back in the early goings, with RBI singles by Forsyth and Josh Navarrete followed by a sacrifice fly by Jake Hartley. Nic Flores closed the first inning with a double to score one.
In the bottom of the second inning, Navarrere hit an RBI double to the fence, highlighting a three-run rally to tie the game at 7-7.
But it was all Baker after that. The Bulldogs grinded out the rest of the game to the 16-7 win.
Navarrete started the game on the mound. In 0.2 innings, he allowed six hits, seven runs and no walks. Nick Esplin pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six hits, six runs, two walks and struck out six. Kenji Teramura pitched three innings, allowing two hits, three runs, one walk and struck out one.
Forsyth was again the Tigers’ top hitter in game two, with three hits, one RBI and two runs scored.
Navarrete had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Colton Seal had two hits and scored one run. Flores had two hits and two RBIs.