Hot-hitting Timberjacks win again
Outfielder Ron Tegland managed just one hit in his first nine at-batsfor the Southern Oregon Timberjacks.
He went into Saturday night's Northwest League baseball game againstthe Boise Hawks hungry for hits.
He got a big one. Tegland tagged a three-run home run in the second inningthat provided the margin of victory for the Timberjacks as they defeatedthe Hawks, 10-7, at Miles Field.
For the game, Tegland drove in four runs.
It felt good, said Tegland of his home run. It's goodto get that first one out of the way.
It was a matter of me staying patient and not trying to swing toohard. I took a nice easy swing and the ball jumped out.
The Timberjacks (3-2), who got their offense started quickly in threestraight wins over the Hawks after losing the first two games of the series,were at it again Saturday. They scored six runs in the first inning to stakestarting pitcher Randy Glaze to a comfortable lead.
Glaze allowed four runs in the fourth inning and was replaced by JasonAnderson, the No. 2 pick in the recent professional baseball draft by theOakland Athletics. Anderson pitched 2 innings and was credited with thewin.
In the first inning, Rodney Clifton got the Timberjacks started witha single and Adam Robinson doubled. Eddie Lara drove in a run with a single.A second run scored when Boise right fielder Jay Nunley misplayed the balland let it roll behind him.
The Timberjacks scored their next two runs on wild pitches from Boisestarter Mark Harriger.
The final two runs were the result of an error by Boise second basemanAdam Leggett on a ground ball by Tegland.
During his second time up, Tegland made sure nobody touched his deepdrive to right field that dunmcleared the fence for a three-run homer.
I was looking for something in the middle and he (Boise pitherSteve Fish) gave me a fastball down the middle and inside, said Tegland.I took an easy swing and got it all.
It was important for me to get the monkey off my back and get abig hit, said Tegland. That should get me going.
The Timberjacks scored their final run on a solo home run by Adam Piatt,Oakland's eighth-round draft choice out of Mississippi State, who joinedthe team last Wednesday.
Anderson, Oscar Abreu and Elvin Nina limited the Hawks to just one runin the final four innings.
The relievers closed the door, said Southern Oregon managerJohn Kuehl. That's so important. I feel like I've got a bunch of guyswho can go in there and do that.
I have to tip my hat to our guys for going out and scoring runsearly, said Kuehl. We talk about that every day.
Right fielder Ed Farris continued his hot hitting for the Timberjackswith three singles in four at- bats. Farris has nine hits in 20 at-batsthrough five games.
He's such a good two-strike hitter and he never quits, saidKuehl. He really has a good feel for hitting.