Tyson Wicklander makes a leaping grab for the Tigers during a regular season game at Pioneer Park. Wicklander was named a first-team all-Greater Oregon League selection along with Tanner Stremcha and Jared Rogers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Tigers travel to take on Scappoose Indians
Following an impressive 6-1 victory over Tillamook at Pioneer Park Thursday, the La Grande baseball squad qualified for the state playoffs after losing in the play-in game three consecutive years.
“It does feel like we got a monkey off our back with the win,” La Grande head coach Parker McKinley said.
However, McKinley was adamant that his team is far from satisfied ahead of La Grande’s upcoming clash at Scappoose today at 4 p.m. When the two teams met March 22 in Ontario, the Tigers squeaked out a 4-3 win.
McKinley said he now feels he has three pitching aces with Trenton Powers, Tanner Stremcha and the recent emergence of Tyson Wicklander, who had nine strikeouts and had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning against Tillamook. McKinley did not say who will start
“There was no doubt in my mind Tyson could do it,” McKinley said of his surprise decision to start Wicklander, who had only pitched 11 innings before the game. “It was really tough for him to get opportunities early in the season with the Tanner and Trenton doing so well.”
The only Tiger to reach base safely in each of his at bats against the Cheesemakers was Eli Wisdom, who also earned the win pitching for La Grande in its first meeting against Scappoose. Wisdom threw three strikeouts and gave up three hits without conceding a walk or an earned run in six innings.
for the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer