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Lake Oswego softball team blanks Sprague

by: VERN UYETAKE Lake Oswego catcher Mackenzie Farnham winds up to throw to second base in Monday’s 2-0 playoff win over Sprague.

The Lake Oswego softball team advanced past the first round of the playoffs on Monday, picking up an emotional 2-0 over Sprague.

"The girls are so excited, especially our seniors because for us it means we get to be together longer," Cooke said.

The Lakers got a complete game shutout from Maddy Dunn on the mound as she kept Sprague's hitters off-balance. Dunn pitched out of a few tight situations and, once her team gave her the lead, she didn't give it up.

"She gave up a few hits but did a nice job scattering them and the defense played great behind her," Cooke said.

Lake Oswego loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first inning and looked to potentially jump out to a big lead. But Sprague's pitcher worked out of the jam without allowing a run.

"Even though we didn't score, I think that still gave us confidence because we knew we'd be able to get hits," Cooke said.

The Lakers broke through for their first run when Mackenzie Farnham knocked a double and was later plated on an RBI double by Verita Richardson.

Then, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Sammy Saldivar led off with a double and was moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Molly Pyle. Saldivar would then score on an RBI groundout by Courtney Huston.

"I really felt like we had it after we got that insurance run," Cooke said.

Meanwhile, Dunn continued to be solid on the mound. In the top of the sixth inning Lake Oswego got out of another potential jam when Richardson speared a line drive at first base and tagged the runner heading to second base for a double play.

"Verita had herself a game. She was awesome," Cooke said.

Dunn then locked down the game in the seventh inning as the Lakers celebrated.

"We came out expecting to win. It's been a while since Lake Oswego has made the second round of the playoffs and I think this is the best I've seen us play," Cooke said.

Next up for the Lakers was a road trip on Wednesday to face Redmond. Redmond won its first playoff game 26-4 over Oregon City on Monday.