Kingsmen stop Lions, Lakers
- John Denny
- Clackamas Review - Sports
But they leave their bats at home and come up short at Oregon City
MILWAUKIE - Rex Putnam's Three Rivers League leading baseball team put a pair of home games in the win column last week, defeating West Linn 3-0 on April 2 and Lake Oswego 4-2 on Thursday.
They suffered their first league loss on Wednesday, yielding 7-0 at Oregon City.
Putnam (8-4, 4-1) was half a game up on Oregon City (7-5, 3-1) and West Linn (7-5, 3-1) heading into play this week.
'We kind of overlooked Oregon City,' said Putnam coach Paco Joanis. 'I think it was a mental thing. We were kind of on a high after beating West Linn. It was the first time we had beaten them in three years.'
Tyler LeBar was sharp on the hill against the Lions, fanning four batters and walking two in a two-hitter.
'He kept them off balance all game,' said Joanis. 'He did a good job mixing up his pitches and hitting his spots. And he threw pretty hard.'
The Kingsmen got only four hits off of West Linn ace Kyle Kraus, but they made their hits count, stringing all four hits together in a three-run second inning.
R.W. Zeller led off the second with a base hit, advanced to third on a couple of fielder's choices and scored on a base hit by Sean Chancellor.
Kevin Shearmire kept the rally going with a double and scored on a base hit by Eric Hudson; Hudson scored on a double by Drew Turner.
Putnam rallied late to drop Lake Oswego 4-2 in last Thursday's showdown with the Lakers.
Trailing 2-1, the Kingsmen put three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, when Lake Oswego's pitcher began to experience control problems.
Back-to-back singles by Pat Joanis, Kurt Snowley and Chancellor brought one run across to knot the score at 3-3 with one down in the sixth.
Consecutive walks by LeBar and Chris Baker brought the winning run across with two down. Turner also walked, forcing in the fourth run.
Defense was a key for the Kingsmen, who earned only a 5-4 edge in hitting. Putnam defenders turned three double plays.
Snowley turned an unassisted double play at shortstop in the third frame; it went from Snowley to Joanis at second and Kevin Shearmire at first in the fourth inning.
With runners at first and second, Chancellor tagged his base and threw to first base to end the game.
Junior Brian Ranta pitched a complete game, striking out two and walking two.
The Kingsmen host Clackamas (6-5, 2-2) this afternoon; they play at winless Lakeridge on Friday, and at Clackamas next Monday.