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Kingsmen continue their rule

Putnam improves to 12-0 with shutouts of Lake Oswego and West Linn

MILWAUKIE - Ranked fifth in the state, the Rex Putnam Kingsmen continued to get it done in Three Rivers League softball last week, upending Lake Oswego 11-1 and West Linn 12-0 in five-inning games.

Saturday's win at West Linn was the Kingsmen's eighth consecutive win and their seventh straight shutout. They've outscored their league opponents 89-3 en route to a 12-0 record in league (14-4 overall).

The Kingsmen entered play this week four games up on second-place Lakeridge (11-6, 8-4) with but six league games remaining.

Putnam hosts Lakeridge this afternoon. The Kingsmen entertain Oregon City (11-7, 6-5) on Friday and they play at Lake Oswego (9-8, 4-7) next Monday.

Lakeridge, with five wins in a row, entered play this week as the surprise second place team. Oregon City was in third place, half a game up on Clackamas (8-9, 5-5).

Few league games were played last week because of rain. Lakeridge dropped Oregon City 3-0 and Milwaukie 14-0.

Clackamas defeated West Linn 4-1, and Oregon City handled Milwaukie, winning 13-0 in five innings.

McKenzie Marshall pitched a no-hit shutout in Oregon City's rout of Milwaukie, striking out 10 and walking two, while her teammates played error-free ball behind her.

Taylor Belmont had the big hit of the game, a second-inning home run over the fence in left field. A 230-foot shot, it's the first ball hit over the fence in high school play at the Oregon City High School field, according to Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart.