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Pacer softball tops Canby, loses play-in

by: DAN BROOD Kalin Rooney throws to the plate in Lakeridge’s 3-2 loss to Tigard in a play-in game on Tuesday.

The Lakeridge softball team closed out the season in improbable fashion. After going winless in 14 league games, the Pacers knocked off league champion Canby 7-6 in dramatic fashion on senior night.

Then, in its play-in game against Tigard, Lakeridge nearly won two in a row which would have advanced the team to the playoffs in a 3-2 loss.

Against the Cougars, Lakeridge got off to a great start on an emotional evening where it honored seniors Samantha Evans and Kelly Cohn.

In the bottom of the first, Lindsay McCord and Kelsey Ramsey knocked back-to-back one-out singles, Katie Barton then reached on an error to load the bases.

Alicia Loiler followed with a two-run single and Erica Saporito plated another run with an RBI groundout.

Lakeridge tacked on two more runs in the second inning. Chayse Pearson drew a walk to lead things off and Evans knocked a single with one out.

Those runners then moved up on a passed ball and hits by Ramsey and Katie Barton scored them to up the lead to 5-1.

A handful of errors by Lakeridge in the top of the third led to three Canby runs, allowing the Cougars to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Lakeridge rebounded in the bottom of the fourth. McCord led off with a double off the wall and Ramsey sacrificed pinch-runner Cohn to third base.

Barton then knocked an RBI single but was thrown out at second base.

In the top of the sixth, Canby drew three straight walks to start the inning. Pearson then took over on the mound.

The Cougars scored two runs on a pair of fielders' choices before Evans made a nice catch in centerfield to limit the damage.

The game was now tied at 6-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

With one out, Ramsey laid down a bunt on a 3-0 count to reach base. Barton followed with a base hit and, with two outs, Saporito drove in the go-ahead run.

Pearson would then record a perfect seventh inning, finishing the game with a strikeout for an emotional win.

Then, in its play-in game against Tigard on Tuesday, Lakeridge nearly scored a dramatic comeback.

Tigard jumped out to a 3-0 lead through five innings but the Pacers made it interesting in the top of the sixth.

Evans led off with a bunt single for the team's first hit of the game. McCord then knocked an RBI double to cut into the lead.

Barton would plate another run with an RBI groundout.

In the top of the seventh, Pearson hat a two-out single but Lakeridge couldn't drive her in to tie the game.