Lakeridge softball team tops Lakers, then shocks Cavs
If the Lakeridge softball team is suddenly going to start catching some breaks, the rest of the Three Rivers League should probably be on notice as the second half of league play gets underway.
The Pacers went winless through the first round of league despite competing well against every team they faced. That stretch included three one-run losses.
But Lakeridge got on track last week against Lake Oswego, exploding for eight runs in the fifth inning to win 12-5.
The Pacers then followed their breakthrough victory with a huge 7-6 win over Clackamas. In both games, Lakeridge posted impressive late-inning rallies.
Lake Oswego got off to a good start against the Pacers, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The Lakers turned six hits into five runs in the game, getting three hits and a pair of RBIs from Alex Jones.
Lakeridge would take a 3-2 lead after the third inning but Lake Oswego rallied with a three-spot in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Pacers finally broke through.
Alicia Loiler and Kalin Rooney each had RBI doubles and, when the dust cleared, Lakeridge had an 11-5 lead that the Lakers couldn't recover from.
The victory was a weight off of Lakeridge's shoulders and the team carried that momentum over into Monday's game against Clackamas, a team that was in first place heading into the contest.
Once again, the game went back and forth in the early innings. Lakeridge trailed 5-3 heading into the top of the fourth when the team pieced together another rally.
With two outs and a runner on base, Loiler turned in a stellar at bat, fouling off a handful of pitches before belting a ball over the fence to tie the game.
And the Pacers still weren't done. Shaq Boe followed by drawing a walk and stole second base. She was then knocked in on an RBI hit by Bailey Morris.
Lakeridge led 7-6 late in the game but still had to take care of business on defense to avoid another tough loss.
Chayse Pearson came on in relief and did a terrific job. She got out of the sixth inning in just three pitches and then tossed a perfect seventh inning to nail down the win.
Lakeridge is now 2-5 in league but can make up ground quickly if it continues to win.
The Pacers take on West Linn on Friday and will host Canby next Monday.