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Pacers looking to play spoiler

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN Levi Rudolph and the Lakeridge baseball team hope to wrap up the regular season with a win over Lake Oswego.

It will be a mad dash to the finish for the Lakeridge baseball team as, due to bad weather, it will play four games in four days, wrapping up a turbulent regular season for the Pacers.

On Tuesday, Lakeridge wrapped up its series with Oregon City, taking two of three from the Pioneers. It was the Pacers' second series win of the year.

After an extended slump, Lakeridge's bats came to life in the series as the Pacers scored 32 in three games.

Nick Sota had two home runs in the three-game series and multiple extra base hits.

The team also got strong performances on the mound from Tyler Binns and Ryan Russell.

"Our pitching has started to be more consistent but our defense isn't close to where I thought it would be," Lakeridge coach Colin Griffin said.

But the Pacers hope they will be playing their best baseball heading into the postseason.

"We're a good team. We're much better than our RPI ranking. It's been a weird season. We had some bad luck against West Linn and then just didn't play well against Clackamas," Griffin said.

Lakeridge has an opportunity to play spoiler to crosstown rival Lake Oswego in the final week of the regular season.

If the Pacers can steal a game from the Lakers it could cost Lake Oswego a league championship this year.

"We're just trying to get on track right now. It would be nice to beat L.O. but our focus is on ourselves in this last series," Griffin said.

In the series opener, Brock Pellow threw a gem against the Pacers and Lake Oswego was able to get to sophomore Levi Rudolph, who has been one of Lakeridge's top pitchers down the stretch.

The Pacers will look forward to the opportunity of their play-in game and are hoping to be able to host that game.

"We hope we can take advantage of the new system. If we get hot I think we can be dangerous. You just never know what's going to happen," Griffin said.

Lakeridge and Lake Oswego will wrap up the regular season at Lakeridge on Thursday.