The Lake Oswego baseball team got off to a strong start in its league opener on Monday.

Facing the team that may end up giving them their stiffest challenge for the league title, the Lakers mowed down Clackamas 9-0 in the first of the teams' three-game series.

Lake Oswego scored in all but one inning and used a five-run fourth frame to blow past the Cavaliers.

Will Waterman got the start for the Lakers and mowed down the Clackamas line-up.

Waterman tossed six scoreless innings and struck out seven batters as the Cavaliers never really threatened to get back in the game.

The Lakers led 2-0 after the third inning before blowing the game open with a five-run frame in the bottom of the fourth.

Reid Penney had a triple and three RBIs for the Lakers and Harrison Ramey had a triple and a pair of RBIs.

"Reid's been hitting the ball well for us. Monday was really the first time this year where I thought everyone in the line-up really swung the bat well," Anders said.

With the victory, Lake Oswego moved to 9-2 on the year and stayed a perfect 8-0 against 6A opponents.

The Lakers are currently ranked No. 6 in the state by the OSAA.

But Anders knows there is still plenty of room for improvement with his team.

"We know we're not playing our best baseball right now. We haven't been able to score the way we should be," Anders said.

The Lakers are also not quite at full strength as pitcher Sam Lee is still coming back from an injury. But the team has received some strong performances on the mound from Addison Prentice and Harrison Reece.

"We don't care how old our pitchers are, all we care about is if they can throw strikes," Anders said.

The Lakers will close out their series with Clackamas this week and will take on Canby next week.

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