Lakers make it to OIBA title game in baseball

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Will Waterman pitched well all summer, including in the championship game of the OIBA state tournament.

The Lake Oswego baseball team capped an extremely impressive summer with a deep run through the Oregon Independent Baseball Association state tournament, culminating with a 6-2 loss to Central Catholic in the title game.

In the championship game, Will Waterman had another strong showing on the mound, giving up just two earned runs but four errors by the Lakers' normally strong defense hurt the team.

'It was too bad because we don't typically make those kind of mistakes. Will really battled hard in the game,' Lake Oswego coach Jake Anders said.

Lake Oswego had been unbeaten in the tournament, running the table in the winner's bracket, which lasted up until the title game. The Lakers beat Barlow 5-0, then topped Sunset 7-1. They pounded Jesuit 14-3 and then pulled off a dramatic 6-5 win over Central Catholic.

In the Lakers' first game against the Rams, Mitch McLaughlin hit a one-out double and Jack Anderson followed with a single through the infield. McLaughlin scored on a close play at the plate for a walk-off victory.

But Central Catholic worked its way back through the losers bracket, taking out Clackamas before winning the rematch against the Lakers.

Lake Oswego was dominant for virtually the entire summer losing just six games total. The team averaged more than eight runs per game and got some consistency from its starters.

'Will is really taking on that No. 1 position for us. He's not a guy who can dominate with his velocity but he's been really solid,' Anders said.

The Lakers also got some big performances from incoming senior Sam Lee.

'He's a guy who was just waiting to break through and he had an outstanding summer. He's been working his tail off,' Anders said.

But where Lake Oswego has been most dangerous has been at the plate. Lake Oswego returns a large portion of its line-up next year, one that will be chock full of all-league winners.

'It's one of the deepest hitting teams I've ever had. One through nine and even our bench guys, we have some kids who can swing it,' Anders said.

After the summer, Anders is feeling good about how his team stacks up heading into next spring.

'This summer we didn't see any pitchers who were really just dominant and the one thing we've really been able to do is hit. I'm confident that we should be a top-eight team again next year,' Anders said. 'The only thing we really had to do was fill a spot in the outfield and solidify our pitching staff and I think we've done that.'