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Kingsmen battle, but drop three


Lochridge is solid in a 4-2 win over McNary

Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Class 5A Rex Putnam Kingsmen went 1-3 in games last week, defeating Class 6A McNary 4-2, while coming up short in games with Class 6A West Linn (6-2), Class 5A Springfield (6-3) and Class 6A Clackamas (5-4).

The Kingsmen were in top form in a March 20 game with McNary. They out-hit the Celtics 9-7 and they supported Putnam senior Evan Lochridge (5 strikeouts, no walks) with error-free defensive play.

Junior Trace Loehr starred at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple and three base hits, and scoring two runs, including the game-winner in the top of the third.

The Kingsmen scored two runs in the second inning and one in the third, and they never trailed.

Taylor Knoth led off the second with a double and scored when Corey Wells reached on an error. Following a sacrifice by Nick Edwards and a base hit by Parr, Wells and Parr executed a first-and-third steal, and the Kingsmen were up 2-0.

Loehr got things started with a base hit in the third. Justin Wyler walked, and Loehr scored on a single by Knoth.

Leading 3-2, the Kingsmen added an insurance tally in the top of the seventh. Loehr singled and he scored with one down on a triple by Wyler.

Pitcher control problems cost the Kingsmen in last Thursday’s 6-2 loss at West Linn. Three Putnam pitchers combined to issue seven free passes, and Lion sluggers reached them for 10 hits.

Ely Skiles had a RBI-single in the third and Wyler had a run-scoring single in the fifth. But other than that, the Kingsmen struggled with their bats. Loehr sat out the game nursing a hamstring injury.

One bad inning proved costly in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Springfield. With the score tied at 3-3, the Millers took advantage of two Putnam errors to score three unearned runs in the top of the sixth.

Max Bailey was sharp on the mound in the loss, striking out seven and walking three, while scattering seven hits.

Loehr (3-for-3) had a double and two singles, and he scored twice.

Wyler had a run-scoring single in the first inning and Lochridge had a run-scoring single in a two-run fifth inning.

The Kingsmen (2-4) begin Northwest Oregon Conference play next week, hosting Sherwood (1-3) on Tuesday, playing at Sherwood on Wednesday (April 3), and hosting Wilsonville (3-2) on Friday (April 5).