Baseball team now 4-1 in TRL
- Matthew Sherman
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
The Lions were one of only a handful of teams in the state to play baseball during last Monday's cold and wet weather and they emerged with another victory, topping Milwaukie 12-3. West Linn now stands at 4-1 in league on the year and is tied for first place.
Although the score looks lopsided, the Lions didn't blow the game open until midway through the contest. After three and a half innings, West Linn trailed the Mustangs 2-1. But, in the bottom of the fourth, West Linn put the game away.
Kyle Kraus led off the inning with a hard-hit double and Martzall followed with an RBI double to tie the score. Next up was Eliot Smith who took the place of Alex Edwards in the line-up. In the team's previous game, Edwards broke his wrist and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
'We hope to get him back for the playoffs,' West Linn coach Mike Lord said.
But Smith came through, hitting and RBI single for the go-ahead run. Then the floodgates opened for the Lions. With two outs, Mitch Bailey belted a two-run home run and, two batters later, Justin Monahan came through with a three-run bomb.
And still, West Linn wasn't finished. One batter later, Martzall stepped up to the plate again and knocked out a two-run home run, capping the nine-run inning and virtually clinching the victory.
'It really was a pretty good game. They're a better team than they were last year,' Lord said.
Reed Nicholson picked up the win for the Lions, throwing five innings while Michael and Jimmy Lovero threw the sixth and seventh innings respectively, closing the game out.
That win came on the heels of a 22-1 shellacking of Lakeridge last week. The Pacers have struggled mightily this season, particularly with their pitching and that was the case against West Linn.
The Lions drew a ludicrous eight walks in the first innings alone and had four hits for good measure. Martzall had a two-run double, Ryan Barnes added a two-run single and Kraus added an RBI single in what would be a 10-run opening frame.
Lakeridge's starting pitcher didn't record an out before he was pulled and the Pacers eventually used three pitchers in just the first inning.
For West Linn, Spencer Flores earned the victory, tossing three scoreless innings while striking out four batters.
For the game, Barnes when 3-for-3 with four runs and six RBIs, Martzall was 5-for-5 with three doubles and six RBIs, Bailey was 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scores and Ryan Connolly scored four times for the Lions.