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LO baseball team wins TRL title, awaits first-round game

The Lake Oswego baseball team clinched a share of the Three Rivers League title, finishing the regular season on a five-game winning streak which included a sweep of Lakeridge.

"We knew after losing that first game to West Linn that we were probably going to have to run the table if we wanted to win the league," coach Jake Anders said.

Lake Oswego won 7-3 on Wednesday, posting five runs in the second inning to take a lead it wouldn't surrender.

Grant Taylor knocked a two-run home run in the inning and the Lakers' pitching did a good job not giving up the big hit to the Pacers.

Will Waterman got the start and Mitch Mechigian threw two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Lakeridge had 11 hits in the game and drew five walks but struggled with men in scoring position.

Logan Henry had four hits by himself for the Pacers.

Then, on Thursday, Lake Oswego made the most of its senior night, getting everyone involved on offense in an 18-1 victory that clinched the league title.

"Our seniors deserved to be out there and they just started raking the ball," Anders said. Austin Gallagher threw a complete game for Lake Oswego and the Lakers belted 19 hits.

Lake Oswego had four triples in the game. Michael Stroble had four RBIs and Kyle Cameron added three more. Lake Oswego put up eight runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth to blow the game open.

The Lakers then sought to improve their RPI by traveling for a non-league game against North Salem and came away with a 3-2 win on Tuesday.

Brock Pellow threw a complete game for Lake Oswego and Jack Anderson and Cameron each had a pair of hits.

The Lakers scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to hold on for the victory.

Lake Oswego will now await its first-round playoff opponent which will be a home game on Monday.

"Our kids believe that they can compete with anyone if they play the way they're capable of playing. There's a history there and that adds motivation for the kids to keep that going" Anders said.

The Lakers are currently ranked ninth in the OSAA RPI rankings and will hope to move up to guarantee themselves two home games.