Pacers lose wild one to WL

by: VERN UYETAKE Matt Reyer fields a ground ball for Lakeridge on Monday in its 5-4 loss to West Linn. The Pacers are 2-2 in league and will complete the series with the Lions this week.

The Lakeridge baseball team won its opening series of the season, taking the first two games against Canby and then dropping the third in a tough pitcher's duel 1-0.

Then, in the first game of a three-game series against West Linn, one of the favorites to win the league this year, the Pacers came exceedingly close to pulling off a wild victory in the opener.

Lakeridge fell behind early but rallied with a three-run fourth inning.

The Pacers then had a golden opportunity in the seventh, trailing 5-4 with the bases loaded and no outs but couldn't convert in a difficult loss.

Lakeridge got off to a tough start in the game. After scoring a run in the top of the first inning, the Pacers walked the Lions' first four batters.

West Linn would go on score four runs in the inning to put Lakeridge in an early hole.

The Pacers would give up another run in the bottom of the first inning before Logan Henry took over on the mound in relief.

Henry was terrific out of the bullpen, throwing four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four batters to keep the Pacers in the game.

Lakeridge mounted its comeback in the top of the fourth, getting to West Linn's ace Riley Wilkerson.

Henry and Levi Rudolph had nice days at the plate for Lakeridge. Each had a pair of hits and Rudolph had two RBIs.

The Pacers cut the lead to one and trailed 5-4 with one innings remaining.

Still facing Wilkerson, the top of Lakeridge's order went to work in the top of the seventh.

Tyler Borgeson, Tyler Smith and Matt Reyer all reached base, leaving them loaded for Henry.

Henry hit a sharp line drive but it was right at West Linn's shortstop who snared it and then stepped on second base to turn an unassisted double play.

That left runners at the corners with two outs.

Then, with Nick Sotta batting, Wilkerson threw a wild pitch that got past the West Linn catcher.

Borgeson sprinted home but the Lions caught a favorable bounce. West Linn's catcher threw to Wilkerson covering home plate and, on a very close play, Borgeson was called out to end the game.

The Pacers fell to 2-2 in league on the year and will wrap up their series with West Linn this week before taking on Clackamas starting next Monday.