Will Matthiessen’s walk-off home run completes the Lions 10-7 comeback over Tualatin


Madeline Marshall

Will Matthiessen, junior, helped to complete the Lions comeback by throwing an inning on the mound, and hitting the game winning homerun. The Lions won 10-7 over Tualatin and will play Central Catholic at 4.

In the second round of OSAA state playoffs, the West Linn Lions (22-7, 13-4 Three Rivers League) erased a five run deficit to defeat the Tualatin Timberwolves (18-10, 10-7 TRL) 10-7. The Lions fell behind in the top of the fifth as the Timberwolves scored four runs off pitcher Jordan Dailey, senior, extending their lead 6-2.

The Timberwolves added one more run in the top of the sixth, holding a 7-2 lead over the Lions. In the bottom of the sixth, Tim Tawa, sophomore, batted in two runs, and Will Matthiessen, junior, hit one, surging the comeback from a 7-2 deficit, heading into the top of the seventh. Matthiessen was able to keep Tualatin’s bats in check giving up no runs in the seventh, and giving the Lions a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh.

With the game tied at 7 and two outs and two runners on base, Matthiessen sent a ball clear to the centerfield fence; it was a home run. The team rushed out of the dugout waiting for Matthiessen to cross home plate. The Lions erased their 5 run deficit, to take the 10-7 win over Tualatin.

Next up is the quarterfinals of the OSAA state playoffs. They will play Central Catholic (23-6, 16-1 Mt. Hood Conference) Friday at Concordia University, 4 p.m.