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LOHS ready to host OIBA playoff games

Lake Oswego is getting set to host one of two inaugural Oregon Independent Baseball Association postseason tournaments. And, with some recent strong play, it appears the Lakers will be participating in the tournament as well.

After a disappointing loss to Jesuit, coach Jake Anders challenged his team.

'I told the guys that they were on pace to have the first losing season either in the spring or in the summer for this program in about six year,' Anders said.

It seems that was all the team needed. Since then it has rattled off seven consecutive victories and, with one league game remaining, it stands at 8-5 and should finish in the top four to qualify for the postseason.

'They're starting to pick it up and they understand the responsibility of carrying the groundwork that's been laid out ahead of them,' Anders said. Lake Oswego's young team has started to come together on offense and defense and the team has rallied around the play of Nick Rulli.

The standout is hitting close to .600 over the summer with a bevy of extra base hits. He has also been very effective on the mound.

'He's been killing it for us all summer. He's the next great player to come out of Lake Oswego,' Anders said.

Also helping the Laker's cause has been the presence of Jeff Kremer and the play of Joe Clark and Tyler Campbell.

Lake Oswego took on Central Catholic on Wednesday in its final league game and will play Vancouver on Thursday and in a doubleheader with McMinnville this weekend before the OIBA tournament.

In its first season, the OIBA has received rave reviews from just about everyone involved.

'It's been a good transition for Portland teams and its nice to see other talent in the area,' Anders said.

West Linn and Lake Oswego will share hosting duties for 16 teams with games taking place each day of July 24-27 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is a $3 daily admission fee to attend these games.

It is a double elimination format with the winners of each tournament squaring off in a three-game series July 28-31.

'We're excited. We think our park is a good place to host a tournament. I just hope our kids play well and represent the program,' Anders said.