T'jacks run themselves out of contention for NWL crown
PORTLAND Aggressive base running cost the Southern Oregon Timberjacksany hope for a Northwest League South Division title Sunday night.
Twice in the final two innings Southern Oregon base runners were gunnedout at the plate as the Portland Rockies clinched the division title witha 3-2 victory over the Timberjacks before a crowd of 10,049 at Portland'sCivic Stadium.
After falling behind 2-0 on Michael Johns' two-run homer in the firstinning, Southern Oregon battled back, scoring once in the sixth and thentying the game in the eighth.
After Brad Gorrie drew a walk with one out in the eighth, Flores laceda shot that skipped past Portland right fielder Jeremy Jackson. Gorrie scoredon the play to tie the game but Flores was nailed at the plate to preventthe inside-the-park home run.
Portland pulled back ahead in the bottom of the inning with a run offBrad Blumenstock (0-4).
The Timberjacks nearly tied it in the ninth. With one out, Ed Farrissingled before being replaced by pinch-runner Adam Piatt. Piatt went tosecond on a passed ball and third on a groundout. Portland walked the nextbatter, Adam Robinson, and had fallen behind 3-1 to Gorrie when SouthernOregon attempted a double steal. Robinson took off for second, drawing athrow, and Piatt broke for home. But shortstop Jerome Alviso fired homein time to get Piatt and end the game.