Tigard — The Spring season brought what most expected out of the Tigard Tigers: A 16-2 record that was carried from the arm of Florida State commit Makenna Reid, the emergence of Karen Spadafora, and the thirst of an experienced squad who are determined to be in the fight for the 6A crown in 2022. When you have an ace like Reid, most teams would be in the running. However, when you put together all the pieces of this loaded roster, it makes a clear indication that they’ll be there until the very end.
Just like most teams with an ace, Makenna Reid is the heart and soul of this team in the circle. While she won’t consistently no-hit or perfect game quality teams, she does fan them with insane numbers. She opened the season with 16 K’s right out of the gate against Mountainside and didn’t let up all year, reaching double-digit strikeout totals in every outing last season except for two. With this type of pitching, it isn’t a surprise that Tigard is in every game from the get-go and ride on the arm of Reid to get them through the toughest of games. 2021 was a breakout season for Karen Spadafora, who put up eight homers as a sophomore last year and drove in 25 runs. Couple that with the fact that she only committed a single error while behind the plate for Tigard, and Spadafora is the definition of a nightmare catcher for any opponent to face.
Once you go outside the duo of Reid and Spadafora, Kani Korok stands out the next offensive weapon in line in terms of production. She put up a line of three HR’s and 16 RBI in 2021, coming in just behind Spadafora and graduated Katie Regalado in terms of offensive output. Kali Kisor and Ella Dardis had flashes of potential in 2021, and Reid has been known to have some pop in her bat at times for Tigard, bringing plenty of help for Korok and Spadafora in the lineup this season. The Tigers are also a very stable defensive team, with any errors in the field being few and far between, a sense of comfort for their ace when she might face a contact squad.
Inside and out, the Tigard Tigers have the weapons and experience to win the whole thing in 2022. Out of the 6A field, their largest competition is likely to come from the upbeat Bend Lava Bears, who field a talented, youthful squad anchored by Oregon’s Gatorade Player of the Year Addisen Fisher in the circle. The Three Rivers League faced heavy losses to Lakeridge from graduating seniors, with the Pacers being the only true competition to Tigard in the 2021 season. Look for Tigard to run away with the TRL title, and don’t be surprised if you see them at Jane Sanders Stadium in June for a state title pairing against Bend.