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Clackamas in winning form in OIBA ball

Austin Kelly fans 10 in a one-hitter


by: PHOTO BY JONATHAN HOUSE - Clackamas Taylor Stinson dives back to first just ahead of the throw to Putnam first baseman Max Bailey in last weeks 6-4 win over the Kingsmen. Stinson pitched the first four innings of the game, striking out five and walking one, while allowing just one hit and no earned runs.The Clackamas Outlaws OIBA baseball team came through with an impressive showing over the long Father's Day weekend, winning four games in four days.

The Outlaws dispatched with Putnam 6-4 in a league game last Thursday, and they followed it up with wins over Central Catholic (13-3 in five innings), Skyview, Wash. (6-0) and Columbia River, Wash. (7-2) in a round robin tournament at Tigard.

'I think we were the only undefeated team [in the tournament],' said Clackamas coach John Arntson. 'I'm excited. We'd had a long stretch where, because of the weather and finals, we hadn't been playing very much. Now that we're starting to finally play some games, the kids are getting in the groove. We had two really good pitching performances, and we're starting to hit the ball.'

Clackamas senior-to-be Austin Kelly (10 strikeouts, one walk) pitched a complete game one-hitter in Saturday's 6-0 shutout of Skyview, and his teammates supported him with error-free defensive play.

Sophomore-to-be Luke Burns (one earned run, 3 strikeouts, no walks) allowed only two hits in seven innings in Sunday's 7-2 win over Columbia River.

Kelly had a no-hitter going heading into the seventh inning of the Skyview game. Skyview had only two baserunners and both were left stranded at first. A Skyview batter drew a walk to lead off the sixth inning and a Skyview batter led off the seventh with a base hit.

'Austin was outstanding,' said Arntson. 'His velocity has increased a little this summer. He's locating his fastball, and he's throwing his curve and change for strikes.'

Arntson praised Burns for his composure in his first start of the summer. Columbia River took advantage of two Cavalier errors to go up 1-0 in the first inning.

The Cavaliers had their bats working at Tigard, as they pounded out at least 10 hits in each of their three tournament games.

Junior Aaron Ahlstrom (2-for-3, double, two RBI) headed the offense in the five-inning game with Central Catholic. Ten different Clackamas players made contact for hits in the 13-3 rout.

Junior Cole Scruggs (4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 5 hits) pitched the first four innings and picked up the win.

Ahlstrom (3-for-4, triple) led a 10-hit attack against Skyview. Senior Jake Iverson went 2-for-4, and senior Ryan Gilbert smacked a double.

Kelly (2-for-4, triple), senior Connor Randol (2-for-2, 3 RBI) and junior Josh Devore (2-for-3) headed up the offense against Columbia River.

The Cavaliers took charge of the Columbia River game early, going up 4-1 with a three-run rally in the bottom of the third. Randol had a two-run single in the pivotal inning; junior Cade Wilkins stole home on a passed ball.

The Cavaliers took charge of last week's game with Putnam early on, scoring five times in the first two innings, for a 5-0 lead.

With two outs in the first, Kelly drew a walk, Iverson reached on an error, senior Jarrod Switzer walked, and Wilkins followed with a two-run single.

Ahlstrom led off the second with a triple, junior Garret Myers reached as a hit batter, and junior Michael McDonald rapped a run-scoring single. The runners advanced on a passed ball, and Myers scored on a groundout by Kelly; McDonald scored on a sacrifice fly by Iverson.

Trailing 6-1, the Kingsmen made a run in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on two doubles, a walk, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly and two errors. Justin Wyler had a two-run double in the rally. The game ended when Clackamas relief pitcher Jarrod Switzer got a strikeout with the winning run at the plate.

The Outlaws used five pitchers in the win. Junior Taylor Stinson pitched the first four innings, striking out five, while walking one, and allowing just one hit and no earned runs.

Next up for the Outlaws (7-2, 1-1) is a four-day tournament at Lake Oswego. They face Westview Thursday at 3 p.m. in their opener.

They travel to Central Oregon next week for doubleheaders with Redmond and Mountain View, along with a whitewater rafting trip.

Putnam plays at West Linn (7 p.m.) on Friday, and at Oregon City (6 p.m.) next Monday.