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Putnam diamond girls continue on track

The Kingsmen remain unbeaten in league with shutouts of Oregon City and West Linn

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen maintained their grip on first place in the Three Rivers League softball standings last week, posting shutouts over Oregon City (2-0) and West Linn (7-0).

The Kingsmen had their hands full in the game with Oregon City. They got out-hit by the Pioneers 6-3.

Oregon City left the bases loaded in the fourth inning. The Pioneers had a runner at third with one out in the second and runners at first and second with one out in the sixth frame.

But the Kingsmen made the Pioneers pay for their mistakes, taking advantage of Oregon City's only error and a wild pitch.

The Kingsmen got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when they scored an unearned run. Danielle Sayres reached on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ronni Sayres, advanced to third on a bloop single by Jade LeBaron, and scored on a two-out base hit by Missy Eberhardt.

Danielle Sayres led off the sixth with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third, and score on a wild pitch.

Putnam pitcher Lauren Harvey retired the side with two strikeouts in the second, with one strike out in the fourth, and with a strike out and groundout in the sixth.

Harvey pitched a complete game, striking out 11 and walking one.

Oregon City pitcher McKenzie Marshall retired nine Putnam batters on strikes and issued a pair of walks.

'Oregon City kept the pressure on,' said Putnam coach Tiffany Strnad. 'They hit the ball.'

The Kingsmen were more productive with their bats in the 7-0 win over West Linn.

Emily Kirk led an 8-hit offensive assault with a two-run home run in a three-run fifth inning. Ronni Sayres and Eberhardt had two hits apiece.

Putnam put the game away in the third inning, scoring runs on a wild pitch, a run-scoring groundout by LeBaron and a base hit by Eberhardt.

Harvey was in good form, striking out nine and walking two in a one-hitter.

Lake Oswego's only hit was a second-inning single.

Putnam (6-4, 4-0) finished last week a game up on Oregon City (8-3, 3-1) and Clackamas (5-5, 3-1) in the TRL standings.

The Kingsmen conclude the first round of league play this week, entertaining Clackamas this afternoon and Lake Oswego (7-2, 2-1) in a makeup game on Thursday.