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Pacers win again in softball

It's now no longer a novelty when the Lakeridge softball team wins a game.

The Pacers managed that feat for the third time this season when they beat Milwaukie 5-4 on Monday. To pull out the victory, which was Lakeridge's first of the league season, the Pacers relied on a four-run, sixth-inning rally.

A come-from-behind victory would have been almost unheard of for Pacer teams of the recent past. Lakeridge won just two games last year and none in the previous two seasons.

'We're a lot better ball club than we were the last couple of years,' coach Gene Chamberlain said.

The Pacers (1-2 TRL, 3-5 overall) easily could have lost again as they found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday's home contest.

But the Pacers got some big hits in the sixth, including a lead-off double by Taylor Ramsey. Alexi Graybeal and McKenzie Griffin each followed with a base hit that knocked in two runs.

Lakeridge then had to weather a Milwaukie rally in the top of the seventh when the Mustangs scored twice to cut their deficit to 5-4. Milwaukie had runners on second and third with two outs when Lakeridge pitcher Natalie Rose induced the game-ending out on a pop-up.

Rose, who was the game's winning pitcher, finished with six strikeouts while yielding just four hits.

'It was a good game,' Chamberlain said. 'We've got some kids that are playing quite well.'

The Pacers have several hitters who are on a roll this season, including Melanie Walsworth, Alex Scott, plus Graybeal, Ramsey and Griffin.

'We're starting to string some hits together,' the coach said. 'That's been kind of a change for us.'

Now, the Pacers will see if they can keep their mini hot streak going when they host West Linn today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. West Linn enters that game with 0-2 mark in league play.