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Clackamas hardballers tough in openers

The Cavaliers thump Barlow, give the Jesuit Crusaders a run for their money

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High hardballers were impressive in last week's baseball openers, a 9-0 two-hit shutout of Barlow and a 3-2 loss at 2007 state quarterfinalist Jesuit.

The Cavaliers played error-free defense in both games. They got good pitching and they out-hit both Barlow (8-to-2) and Jesuit (7-to-4).

Clackamas senior right-hander Corey Davis and Cavalier junior left-hander Spencer Weaver had 12 strikeouts between them in the shutout of Barlow. The Bruins had only one runner reach third base, while the Cavaliers scored in four different innings.

Senior Nick Struck had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4, with a double and a triple, four RBI and two runs scored.

Struck smacked a two-run single in a four-run second inning, when the Cavaliers took command, building a 7-0 lead.

Alex Pearson (2-for-3, double) and Ben Parsons (2-for-4, double) also came through with two hits apiece in the rout.

Struck starred in the Jesuit game, striking out nine and walking one, while allowing four hits in six innings; and driving in both of Clackamas' runs with a two-run double in the top of the fifth.

Jesuit, which lost to state champion North Medford in extra innings in last year's quarterfinals, pulled out the win over Clackamas with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. The Crusaders scored the three runs on a walk, three singles and a fielder's choice, where the Cavaliers came up just short on an attempt at a double play.

Davis, Parsons and Matt Nylen had two hits apiece in the losing effort.

The Cavaliers scored their two runs off a Jesuit pitcher who has signed with the University of Oregon, according to Clackamas coach John Arntson.

'For a preseason game, there was a playoff atmosphere,' Arntson said. 'It was a very, very good game.'

The Cavaliers were to begin league play this week, playing Oregon City in two games. The two teams were to meet Tuesday at Oregon City; they meet Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Clackamas.