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Cavaliers two-hit Putnam

Clackamas hardballers are back on track

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High hardballers got back on track last week, dropping cross-town rival Putnam 5-0 and Lakeridge 20-4.

The Cavaliers rallied around their pitching and timely hitting to put Putnam away.

Pitchers Nick Struck and Corey Davis combined for nine strikeouts in a 2-hitter.

Tyler LaBar singled in the second and Kurt Snowley singled in the third for Putnam's only hits.

The Cavaliers put runs on the scoreboard in three different innings, as they reached Putnam pitchers LaBar and Joey Rademacher for seven hits.

In the second frame, Justin Sweet reached as a hit batsman, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by Putnam's catcher, and scored on a base hit by Jake Nolte.

With one down in the third, Alex Luchak singled, advanced when Struck and Davis drew walks, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Cavaliers added three insurance runs in the fifth frame when they strung five hits together with a walk. Stuck reached on a base hit and scored on a double by Kyle Banuelos; Davis reached on a bunt single and scored on a wild pitch; Banuelos scored on a drag-bunt single by Ryan Cook.

Putnam's biggest scoring threat came in the third inning, when the Kingsmen loaded the bases on two walks and a base hit. But Struck retired the final two batters on strikes to get out of the jam.

With the pair of wins the Cavaliers improved to 5-4 in the Three Rivers League and fourth place in the league standings.

Clackamas coach John Arntson explained Clackamas' up-and-down season, 'We're not getting consistent enough outings by our three starting pitchers, and defensively we're not playing as well as we should.'

The Cavaliers committed just one error in last week's game with Putnam.

Clackamas meets Milwaukie (2-7) on the road this afternoon and the Cavaliers host league leader West Linn (8-1) on Friday. They have a rematch with Putnam (7-3), at Clackamas, next Monday.

Clackamas softballers split in play last week, dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to third-ranked Putnam, after handling Lakeridge 7-0 earlier in the week.