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A rough week for Clackamas

The Cavaliers drop two games to West Linn and they lose Corey Davis to mononucleosis

WEST LINN - Clackamas High diamondmen had a rough week last week, dropping two of three games to fourth-ranked West Linn and losing starting pitcher Corey Davis to mononucleosis - perhaps for the remainder of the season.

'We were going to start Corey [in Friday's game with West Linn], but we found out on Thursday that he has mononucleosis,' said Clackamas coach John Arntson. 'We sent him in Friday for x-rays and learned he has an inflamed spleen. They say he'll be out two to four weeks.'

Davis has also been one of the Cavaliers' top hitters. And they lost their leadoff hitter and left fielder Alex Pearson to a torn ACL late last month.

'We wanted to finish in the top two in league, so we're disappointed in that respect,' said Arntson. 'Hopefully we can get Corey back and still make a run in the state playoffs.'

The Cavaliers finished last week with a 12-5 record in Three Rivers League play, in third place behind West Linn (11-3) and Lake Oswego (11-3).

They have one league game remaining, scheduled next Monday with Oregon City (8-6) at Oregon City.

'That game will probably be for third place,' said Arntson. 'Oregon City plays Milwaukie this week and they'll probably sweep Milwaukie. We're 1-1 in our series with Oregon City.'

The Cavaliers started last week strong, rallying around timely hitting and the pitching arm of Nick Struck to bag a 4-1 victory over the West Linn Lions.

Struck (7 strikeouts, no walks) pitched a complete game, yielding four hits.

Meanwhile the Cavaliers reached West Linn pitcher Kyle Kraus (3 strikeouts, 2 walks) for eight hits.

The Cavaliers scored two runs in the second inning on singles by Matt Nylen (2-for-3) and Ryan Cook, a run-scoring safety squeeze by Jon Walters and a run-scoring base hit by Ben Wetzler.

They added an insurance tally in the third frame on a base hit by Davis (2-for-2), a slap-bunt double by Struck, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Jake Nolte.

And they scored another insurance run in the fifth on a base hit by Ben Parsons, two walks and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Spencer Weaver.

Jake Hysell hit a solo home run in the third inning for West Linn's only run.

'It was a really well played game by both teams,' said Arntson. 'We just executed when we needed to.'

West Linn rallied around left-hander Reed Nicholson to win 6-0 on April 30. The Cavaliers reached Nicholson (5 strikeouts, one walk) for only three hits.

'Reed Nicholson impressed me,' said Arntson. 'He did a great job hitting his spots and he threw his change and his curve for strikes.'

West Linn prevailed 7-3 on Friday. The Cavaliers reached pitchers Eliot Smith and Kraus for eight hits and they only struck out three times.

But the Cavaliers left seven baserunners stranded. And Kraus crushed a solo home run in the third inning and Ryan Barnes belted a three-run round-tripper in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Nylen (3-for-3) led Clackamas at the plate.