LOWELL, Ore. - Weston-McEwen's first appearance in the Oregon Class 2A state playoffs since 1997 didn't last long, but that didn't dampen coach T.J. Haguewood's enthusiasm in the least.
"Sure, it's disappointing," Haguewood said following Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Lowell-Mohawk in the first round of the playoffs. "But ultimately, only one team ends the season on a winning note, and that's the champion.
"Looking back on the season, we had some awesome moments. We had some guys who stepped up and did some really good things. Our boys finished second (in the Blue Mountain Conference) in football, basketball and baseball, and that's a testament to how hard they worked."
The TigerScots finished their fifth season under Haguewood with a 16-9 overall record. Five W-M seniors - Drew Greenwalt, Aaron Speed, Deric Carson, Matt McGill and Thomas Moore - played their final high school game Wednesday.
McGill was responsible for Weston-McEwen's only two runs of the game, banging a two-run single through the middle of the infield in the second inning. Greenwalt and Speed had singled ahead of McGill's clutch hit and the TigerScots enjoyed a 2-0 lead.
It didn't last long, however, as Lowell/Mohawk loaded the bases in the bottom of the third and Denver Traxtle delivered a grand slam home run, the first of two homers for him in the game and three for the Red Devils. Traxtle and Jaxon Ward both went deep in the Lowell/Mohawk in the sixth inning to provide a pair of insurance runs.
For his part, Haguewood wasn't impressed with the Red Devils' long balls.
"A couple of them were basically pop-ups," Haguewood said. "Their field is 280 feet down the lines and 295 to straightaway center.
"Dallas Reich pitched a great game for us," Haguewood added. "He only allowed five hits, struck out 11 and walked four. But they hit a couple of pop-ups to where our center fielder usually plays and they went out. And our field is not that big."
The TigerScots collected seven hits in the game, including three by Elliot Salter, but they couldn't produce any runs after the second inning.
"We couldn't string our hits together," Haguewood said. "And we played on the same field as Lowell did. We just couldn't take advantage of the short field."
Lowell/Mohawk 6, Weston-McEwen 2
W-M 020 000 0 - 2 7 0
L/M 004 002 0 - 6 5 2
Reich and Salter; L. Casarez, B. Casarez (6) and Traxtle.
HR - L/M: D. Traxtla 2, Ward.
Hits - W-M: Salter 3, Greenwalt, Speed, Bond, McGill; L/M: B. Casarez, Traxtle 2, Ward, M. Casarez.