After topping Central Catholic, the Lakers lose a 2-1 nail-biter to Southridge

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego shortstop Travis Sanders makes an acrobatic throw to first base during last week's quarterfinal game against Southridge.The Lake Oswego baseball team advanced to the quarterfinals before seeing its season end in another heartbreaker, 2-1 at the hands of Southridge.

After a spring of great weather, the Lakers had to dodge downpours in both its 7-5 win over Central Catholic and its quarterfinal game against the Skyhawks which was moved to West Linn High School.

As is often the case in playoff baseball games, the contest against Southridge could have gone either way and it was simply a matter of who got one more break.

In this case, it was Southridge. The Skyhawks scored their runs on an RBI single following a controversial two-out balk call in the first inning and again in the third inning, when a runner scored from second on an infield hit.

Lake Oswego's run scored on a wild pitch and the Lakers had another runner tagged out at the plate following a wild pitch.

Needless to say, it was a pitcher's duel with few hard-hit balls all afternoon.

Southridge got on the board in the bottom of the first. A two-out hit was followed by a balk call when pitcher Jordan Horak attempted a pick-off throw. That advanced the runner into scoring position and he scored on a single up the middle.

Lake Oswego would tie the game in the top of the second. Travis Sanders led off with a double off the fence and moved to third base on a ground out by Harrison Reece. Sanders would later score on a wild pitch.

In the top of the third, Jack Anderson led off with a single and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Horak advanced Anderson to third base on a ground out and Anderson then tried to score on another wild pitch but was tagged out trying to dive back to the base.

In the bottom of the third, Southridge's leadoff man reached on an infield single and advanced to second base with two outs. The next Skyhawk batter hit a soft ground ball, legging it out for a single. Meanwhile, the runner from second never stopped and scored after just beating the tag.

That would be all the scoring in the game. Horak was terrific on the mound, tallying nine strikeouts in six innings of work.

But Lake Oswego struggled at the dish and didn't have a baserunner in the fourth or fifth inning. In the top of the sixth Reid Penney reached on an error but a double play abruptly ended the inning and, in the seventh inning, Tyler Coleman was hit by a pitch with two outs but Southridge recorded the final out to advance.

The Lakers reached the quarterfinals by ousting Central Catholic 7-5 on a rain-soaked afternoon last week.

Lake Oswego fell behind 2-0 in the first inning as the wet conditions made things difficult for the Laker fielders.

However, Lake Oswego got one run back in the bottom of the inning when a Jordan Horak triple was followed by a sacrifice fly from Reid Penney.

The game stayed at 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning as the Lakers' Tyler Coleman settled in and kept Central Catholic off balance.

In the fourth inning, Horak led off with a walk and Penney belted a two-run home run to give the Lakers the lead.

In the fifth inning, Lake Oswego broke the game open. Coleman walked to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second base by Jack Kjemhus.

Then, with two outs, Horak singled to score Coleman. The Rams followed by walking Penney and Mitch Mclaughlin doubled to plate Horak and pinch-runner Chad Walker.

Mclaughlin would later score to make it 7-3.

Central Catholic made it interesting, posting a run in the top of the sixth and then threatening in the seventh but Kjemhus came on in relief and tallied a strikeout and a line-out to centerfield to lock down the victory.

It was another strong season for the Lakers who were one of the more difficult teams to score on all year. The Lakers finished a close second in league to Clackamas, a team that will play for the state title this weekend.

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