The Lake Oswego baseball team couldn't quite pull off the sweep of Canby last week but continues to be in striking distance of West Linn as it eyes next week's series with the Lions.
The Lakers won a dramatic game over the Cougars last Wednesday, rallying from a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to win.
Grant Taylor hit a two-run home run to help Lake Oswego win in dramatic fashion.
Will Waterman threw a complete game for Lake Oswego, striking out three batters.
But, on Friday, Canby's bats came alive in a 12-9 victory.
Lake Oswego got off to a good start in the game, scoring four runs in the top of the first but gave up three in the bottom of the inning,
The Lakers would rebuild a 6-3 lead but a five-run fifth from Canby tied the game and three runs in the bottom of the sixth sealed the game for the Cougars.
"We've been hitting well as a group. Scoring runs hasn't been our issue," coach Jake Anders said.
Taylor, Tyler Campbell and Harrison Ramey each had multiple RBIs in the game but the Canby line-up, combined with three Lake Oswego errors, was too much to overcome.
The Lakers were able to get back in the win column on Monday, claiming the first game of their series with Oregon City 6-3.
Brock Pellow tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts to earn the victory for the Lakers.
"Brock and Will have been doing a really nice job for us. They've really settled in," Anders said.
Jack Anderson had another solid day leading off for Lake Oswego, coming up with a pair of hits and a stolen base.
"Jack is a guy who's just doing everything for us right now. He's really swinging the bat well," Anders said.
Taylor Sanders knocked in two runners as Lake Oswego put up five runs in the fourth inning which would be all the help Pellow would need.
The Lakers know that every game going forward is crucial as winning a league title is still the team's goal.
"We know if we lose one more game that might be it," Anders said.
Lake Oswego will take on West Linn starting next week in what figures to be a pivotal series for both teams.