LO girls start league with win over Pacers

by: Vern Uyetake Lake Oswego's Courtney Huston pitched two scoreless innings and had a key RBI double in the Lakers' 4-1 win over Lakeridge on Monday.

The Lake Oswego softball team's winning streak extending into its league opener on Monday as the Lakers knocked off Lakeridge 4-1 in a well-played game.

Lake Oswego got off to a strong start in the game, scoring twice in the first inning.

Sammy Saldivar, Maddy Dunn and Courtney Huston all had hits to open the game and give the Lakers an early lead.

Huston started the game on the mound for Lake Oswego and pitched the first two innings.

Dunn then took over and threw five innings, racking up seven strikeouts in that period.

The Lakers never gave up the lead but also never blew the game open either as Lakeridge's pitching and defense kept the Pacers in the game.

Lake Oswego picked up an insurance run in the fourth inning. Yurika Asai got a hit and was sacrificed over by Erin Haagenson.

Saldivar then plated the run with a sacrifice fly.

The Pacers got on the board in the fifth, getting the run back with some heads up base running following a Lake Oswego error.

"We are making beginning of the season mistakes and still trying to figure out our line-up but we are playing hard and fighting," Lake Oswego coach Tina Cooke said.

The Lakers padded the score in the top of the seventh when Saldivar walked and was knocked in by an RBI double from Huston.

Dunn then struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.

Lake Oswego is now 7-1 on the year and has been getting outstanding pitching all season.

In its final non-league game of the year, the Lakers knocked off Barlow last week 4-3 at home.

Huston knocked a clutch home run to tie the game in the fifth inning and, in the bottom of the seventh, Dunn scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

It is shaping up to be an exciting season for softball in the Three Rivers League as every team is strong with solid pitching.

Lake Oswego will play Clackamas on Friday while Lakeridge will take on Oregon City.