LO looks for answers on offense
The Lake Oswego baseball team has hit an early speed bump in league play.
After clinching the series against Clackamas by winning its first two games with the Cavaliers, the Lakers then scored just one run in their next two contests including a 1-0 loss in 16 innings against Canby.
It was an epic pitcher's duel between the two starters. Lake Oswego's Will Waterman and Canby's Kris Koskelo pitched 11 scoreless innings with neither ace blinking.
Lake Oswego had its chances but, as has been an issue with the team this year, couldn't come through with a clutch hit.
In the bottom of the fifth, Max Gabriel had a one-out double but was stranded.
The Lakers also stranded runners at second and third in the bottom of the sixth.
Waterman was brilliant for the Lakers, going 11 innings and recording 15 strikeouts. He also didn't give up an extra base hits.
Lake Oswego squandered a lead-off double in the bottom of the 10th and in the top of the 11th, Waterman allowed a Canby runner to reach third with two outs but the got the ground out to end the threat.
Travis Sanders came on in relief for Lake Oswego and pitched extremely well.
Canby would load the bases in the top of the 15th but Campbell coaxed a double play to keep the Cougars off the board.
Then, in the top of the 16th, Canby came up with a one-out single to score the game's lone run.
Lake Oswego looked like it would at least extend the game if not win it in the bottom of the frame.
Jack Anderson led off with a triple but two line drives and a hard-hit ground ball couldn't score him and the Lakers dropped their second straight game.
The loss followed a 2-1 defeat last Friday against Clackamas as the Cavaliers salvaged a game in the series.
Clackamas scored in the top of the first off of Harrison Reece and tacked on one more in the fifth.
The Cavaliers' ace kept the Lakers off balance but didn't mow down the Lake Oswego offense.
Lake Oswego had eight hits in the game and no strikeouts but couldn't string a big inning together.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mikey Gallagher scored on a wild pitch but Clackamas got out of the jam with a one-run lead.
Sam Lee pitched two and a third solid innings in relief for the Lakers but the offense couldn't muster a comeback.
After wrapping up its series with Canby this week, Lake Oswego will open a series with upstart Oregon City next week.