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Pacer softball wins sixth straight

The Lakeridge softball team continued its winning ways last week and, with just five regular season games remaining, finds itself comfortably in second place in the Three Rivers League.

Last Wednesday, the Pacers evened their season series against Oregon City with a 3-0 victory. Natalie Rose struck out 10 Pioneers in the game and got out of a jam in the fourth inning after giving up a lead-off triple.

With the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, Lakeridge mounted a two-out rally. Lexi Graybeal walked and stole second base and Alex Scott came through with an RBI single.

Then, in the sixth, Zoe Teton belted an RBI double and the Pacers scored their final run in the top of the seventh when Scott stole second and Mackenzie Griffin scored from third on the throw.

On Monday Lakeridge had little trouble with Milwaukie, walking away with a 14-0 victory.

Rose pitched three innings for the Pacers and Claire McKinney pitched the final two, recording three strikeouts in what would be a five-inning game.

In the game, Teton had five RBIs to go along with a triple. Griffin was 3-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and four runs.

Melonie Walsworth and Scott also had multi-RBI games.

Then, on Monday, the Pacers entered the final third of their season by taking on West Linn for the third and final time this year.

Lakeridge extended its winning streak to six games in a row with an extra-inning 2-1 victory.

Both teams were scoreless through the first nine innings of play. Rose struck out 12 batters in the game including striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Then, in the 10th inning, the international tiebreaker was put into place, allowing each team to start with a runner on second base.

The Pacers put Walsworth on second and she proceeded to steal third base. Graybeal singled in the game's first run and then stole second base. After Griffin sacrificed her to third base, Scott came through with a crucial RBI single, making it 2-0.

In the bottom of the inning, West Linn advanced its runner to third and then came up with a sacrifice fly but, with two outs, Rose coaxed a pop-up for the game's final out.

With the winning streak, Lakeridge has all but clinched a playoff berth and has already clinched its best season in years.

The team took on first place Putnam on Wednesday and will face Clackamas on Friday.