LO baseball team rallies to win 3 straight


After an odd and uncharacteristic showing in its league opener, the Lake Oswego baseball team has righted the ship and won three straight games.

In the first game of its series with Clackamas last week, Lake Oswego pitching issued 12 walks in a 14-8 defeat.

"You're not going to win any game when you do that. It was just kind of an aberration. I've never been a part of a game like that. We really felt we gave one away," coach Jake Anders said.

But Lake Oswego rebounded quickly and dominated the next two games in the series.

The Lakers' bats have been hot in the early going. Lake Oswego scored 31 runs in three games against the Cavaliers.

On Wednesday, Lake Oswego won 9-3, getting a complete game from Will Waterman on the mound.

"He has our lowest ERA on the team right now and we feel just as comfortable with him on the mound as anyone," Anders said.

All three runs by Clackamas were scored in the first inning but Waterman settled in and dominated the rest of the game.

On offense, six different players had a multiple hit game for Lake Oswego. Grant Taylor, Taylor Campbell and Harrison Ramey all had two RBIs.

The Lakers then earned the series victory with a 14-1 win on Saturday.

Austin Gallagher threw a complete game for Lake Oswego and gave up just one run.

Lake Oswego also played long ball with Brock Pellow and Taylor each belting a pair of home runs.

"I think the guys are starting to see a product of the hard work they're putting in. We're swinging the bat well right now and every game it's a different guy for us," Anders said.

On Monday, Lake Oswego opened up its series with Canby and its offense continued its hot streak.

The Lakers pounded the Cougars 11-5, using a six-run sixth inning to seal the win.

Pellow struck out 11 batters in the victory for Lake Oswego.

The hero on offense was Jack Anderson who went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

"Jack was really the catalyst for us all day. He's so fast and can really make an impact," Anders said.

The Lakers will look to earn a sweep of Canby this week and hope to keep their momentum going heading into the Oregon City series next week.

Lake Oswego knows the importance of each game now as the team trails West Linn by one game in the standings.

"In a 15-game league schedule every game is so important. You've got to be ready every time you take the field," Anders said.