This year in the Three Rivers League, you really can't afford to take a breath as a baseball team. Lake Oswego completed an impressive series victory over West Linn, the team was given a dose of reality in a 4-0 loss to Clackamas.
Against the Lions, the teams split the first two games with the Lakers winning with a five-run rally in the seventh inning. West Linn responded with an 8-0 victory in the second game and then Craig Mooney took the mound for Lake Oswego in the rubber match.
Mooney put together one of the best games of his career, holding the dangerous West Linn line-up to just three hits in the game.
'Craig was pretty dominant. It was his best outing of the year,' Laker pitcher Jared Van Hoon said.
He ended up throwing a complete game in the 3-1 victory. But still, the Lakers had to rally. West Linn took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then got one back in the third on an RBI single by Van Hoon.
Van Hoon hit another RBI single in the sixth to spark the offense.
Both teams struggled to convert on scoring opportunities but Mooney made sure there would be no dramatic West Linn comeback.
The win put Lake Oswego in an advantageous position as the Lakers went 2-1 against a team that was supposed to be its toughest competition.
But on Monday, the team ran into another strong pitcher from Clackamas who shut down Lake Oswego's bats.
'We definitely came in with confidence but (coach Jake Anders) has said that Clackamas might even have better pitching than West Linn,' Van Hoon said.
Van Hoon took the mound for the Lakers and was solid but the Cavaliers were able to touch him up by playing small ball.
Once again, Lake Oswego struggled when it had opportunities to score. Van Hoon had a pair of doubles at the plate for the Lakers but failed to score either time. As a team the Lakers only had four hits in the game.
It was a minor setback for Lake Oswego but the team is still feeling confident as it plays out the rest of its series with the Cavaliers.
'This is probably the best league in the state. Overall we're feeling pretty good. We just have to use every day as a building block,' Van Hoon said.
Moto Asai took the mound for the Lakers on Wednesday and Mooney will likely face Clackamas this Friday.
The Cavaliers are currently tied with Oregon City at the top of the Three Rivers League but if the Lakers can steal the second two games of the series they should find themselves close to the top as well.