LO baseball team hosts Bruins
The depth in the Three Rivers League has been talked about since before the baseball season even started this year but never was it on display more than last Friday as Putnam, the team at the basement of the league upended Lake Oswego, a team that only needed two victories to win a league title.
The 8-5 loss was a tough pill for the Lakers to swallow.
'I don't know who was more disappointed, the kids or me. It's the most upset I've been in a long time. It's not every day that a chance for a league title comes along,' coach Jake Anders said.
Early on, it looked like Lake Oswego was about to cruise to another easy victory.
In the top of the first inning, Jeff Kremer and Michael Wesner had back-to-back home runs.
But Putnam hung tough. In the top of the third, Tom Slade led off with a single and, after a wild pitch, Moto Asai's RBI single scored him.
Then, with a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, the wheels came off.
A solo home run off pitcher Craig Mooney tied the game at 3-3.
Then, with one out and a runner on first base, Jared Van Hoon came out of the bullpen.
He recorded one out and then coaxed a ground ball that was misplayed for an error.
Putnam took advantage of the extra out knocking a double, home run and another double in its next three plate appearances.
When the dust cleared, the Kingsmen had scored six times and held a five-run lead.
'We've tripped ourselves up this year. There have only been a couple of games where we lost and I thought the other team was just better. We're 14-4 and in just about any other league you're in first place. There's no question about it,' Anders said.
In the sixth inning, the Lakers mounted a small rally. Asai singled and Nick Rulli walked.
The pair advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch and Asai scored on Nik Torkelson's fielder's choice.
Joe Clark followed with an RBI single but that is as close as Lake Oswego would get.
The Lakers rallied on Monday with a 7-0 win over Milwaukie but West Linn's victory over Putnam sealed the league title for the Lions, their third in four years.
'It was just a sickening feeling and I told the guys that if we play like this in the playoffs it's going to feel 10 times worse,' Anders said.
Lake Oswego now enters the playoffs with the No. 2 seed and will host Barlow at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Bruins are the No. 5 seed from the Mt. Hood Conference this year and boast a young and inexperienced team.
With a win, the Lakers would likely take on Jesuit next week.
'The bottom line is it's a brand new season. It's about who can put the best five games together. There are about six or seven teams with a chance at it and we're one of them when we play well,' Anders said.