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Clackamas hammers 5A No. 1

The Cavaliers crank up their bats for 19 hits in comeback

The Clackamas Cavaliers fired up their bats and dropped Summit 15-9 in a May 16 practice baseball game with the Storm.

It was a big confidence-booster for the Cavaliers, because Summit is the top-ranked team in Class 5A.

The contest was a slugfest, with the two teams combining for 32 hits, and the Cavaliers reaching Summit pitchers for no fewer than 19 hits, with 10 Clackamas players making contact for hits.

'The last couple of weeks, we've been swinging our bats,' said Clackamas coach John Arntson. 'I just hope we can continue swinging them in the playoffs.'

Ranked 19th, the Cavaliers (16-10, 9-6) were to meet 14th-ranked Newberg (16-6, 13-4) in the May 21 first round of the Class 6A playoffs. With a win in that game, they'd likely meet Three Rivers League champion Lake Oswego (23-4, 13-2), at Lake Oswego, in today's second round.

'We got a tough draw,' said Arntson. 'Lake Oswego is a very good team. They're probably one of the top three teams in the state.

'But it is what it is. And you've got to beat the best if you're going to go all the way.'

Clackamas dealt Lake Oswego one of its two league losses back on April 13, winning 2-1 in a hotly contested game at Lake Oswego.

After falling behind 8-3 in the first two innings, the Cavaliers outscored the Storm 12-3 the rest of the way, en route to last week's 15-9 win at Summit.

Clackamas relief pitchers Justin Jones and Aaron Ahlstrom allowed only four hits and one run in the final five innings.

Cooper Mickelson, Garrett Myers and Luke Ehli were the big sticks for Clackamas, driving in a combined total of 12 runs.

Mickelson went 5-for-6, with a double and five RBI; Myers went 4-for-4, with a double and four RBI; Ehli had a two-run home run and three RBI.

Trailing 9-5, the Cavaliers tied things up in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on base hits by Nick Hays, Myers and Austin Kelly, a walk, a hit batter and Ehli's home run.

They moved on top in the sixth frame, when they scored four more runs on doubles by Myers and Mickelson, base hits by Ahlstrom and Geoff Houf, a walk, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Ehli.