TDW shortstop Steven Bartells scoops up a groundball in baseball action this season. The Tribe had their seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in a 4-0 shutout loss to 6A Southridge.
Photo by Ray Rodriguez.
The Dalles The Dalles Wahtonka’s seven-game winning streak had to end some time.
It took an all-league pitcher and University of Oregon baseball commit Reza Aleaziz to do it.
The 6-foot-4 inch, 220-pound right-hander scattered four hits and struck out seven in leading 6A Southridge to a 4-0 shutout win in a non-league hardball matchup Tuesday in Beaverton.
“Our guys competed well against the toughest pitcher we have seen so far, but just couldn’t scratch across the runs we needed,” said Eagle Indian skipper J.R. Runyon. “[It was] a well-fought game by both teams.”
In the game, TDW stranded six runners, hit into two double plays and had two runners thrown out on the basepaths, including once at home in the third inning.
Entering the top of the seventh inning, Aleaziz was riding a string of nine Tribe batters retired in a row, but he encountered a late jam.
The Skyhawk hurler retired Connor Mathisen for the first out of the frame, but then Nolan McCall singled to start the threat.
Clay Copper then hit into a fielder’s choice to third base and the attempted throw to second base to cut down McCall was late, so TDW had two runners on base with only one down.
Austin Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice to second base and Copper was retired.
With runners on the corners, Hunter Malcolm worked a walk to load the bases for the tying run in senior Kevin Henderson.
Aleaziz wiggled out of the jam, however, as he fanned Henderson to close the game out.
Southridge managed two innings where it plated runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
After being shut down by TDW pitcher Dakota Walker for the first three innings, Southridge broke a scoreless tie in the fourth frame on an error and back-to-back hits.
The Skyhawks added two more runs in the fifth off Tribe reliever Clayton Ringer with consecutive two-out hits.
Mathisen finished the final 1 1/3 innings and allowed one hit.
Walker ended up being tagged for the loss, as he tossed four innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts and two walks.
McCall, Steven Bartells, Mathisen and Wilson notched TDW’s only hits, and both Sugg and Malcolm each went hitless in two official at-bats, but reached on walks.
The Eagle Indians (9-3 overall) travel to 6A Lakeridge for their final non-league game at 4:30 p.m. Friday evening.