LO is 3-1 in league, Lakeridge walks off a winner in Canby opener

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Clarke Smith holds on to the ball for a force out at second base in Friday's series finale with the Lakers. Lake Oswego swept the series with back-to-back shut outs. The Lake Oswego baseball team wrapped up a sweep of Lakeridge last week with a pair of shut-outs.

Wednesday's contest was a pitcher's dual with Tyler Coleman hurling a three-hit shutout against a strong performance by Lakeridge freshman Dutton Elske.

Lake Oswego scored a run in the first and second inning. In the bottom of the first, Jack Anderson and Harrison Ramey reached to open the inning and Anderson would score on an RBI single by Travis Sanders.

Jordan Horak would then single but the Pacers threw out Ramey at the plate to limit the damage. It was the second player thrown out at the plate in the inning as Lakeridge had a two-out rally stopped in the top of the frame when Hank Elliott was thrown out following Elske's single.

In the bottom of the second, Mitch McLaughlin doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Coleman.

It would stay 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Sanders scored on a single by Coleman and Kenny Oyama followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Harrison Reece.

Coleman would strike out nine batters in the win for Lake Oswego.

On Friday, Lake Oswego completed the sweep on a cold and rainy afternoon, putting up runs early and riding a shutout by Jack Kjemhus.

Lake Oswego struck in the top of the second inning when Jack Anderson doubled to score Coleman and Kjemhus.

Anderson would then go on to score on an error.

The Lakers would score twice more in the next inning on an RBI single from Reece and a groundout by Jordan Horak.

Horak would later provide the big blast of the game, leading off the top of the seventh with a home run to straightaway centerfield.

Kjemhus gave up just three hits in the game while walking three batters.

Lake Oswego suffered its first league loss of the season on Monday in the opener of its series with first-place Clackamas.

Jordan Horak gave up just two runs in the contest but the Laker batters struggled against Clackamas' ace in the 2-1 defeat.

A two-run single in the fourth inning was all the damage the Cavaliers would do but Lake Oswego only posted four hits in the game.

Lake Oswego scored in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out single by Anderson to plate Coleman. However, the Lakers couldn't come up with another big hit to take the lead.

Lake Oswego will wrap up its series with Clackamas this week.

Lakeridge picked up its first league win on Monday in walk-off fashion.

In another low-scoring affair, Cooper Webster kept the Cougars' batters off-balance all afternoon but the game was still tied 2-2 heading into the seventh inning.

“All of our pitchers are performing very well. The defense is still making some errors. We're still really young with in our line-up but our approach at the plate is improving,” Lakeridge coach Colin Griffin said.

The game appeared to be headed into extra innings as Jack Daraee drew a one-out walk. Levi Rudolph, who has been dealing with an eye infection, was brought in to pinch run and, with two outs, Cooper Hummel belted a ball that got through the Canby outfield and Rudolph scored all the way from first for the victory.

Lakeridge will look to move up the standings this week as it wraps up the Canby series and will face West Linn next week.

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