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Pacer baseball downed by No. 1 Sheldon

Lakeridge stays in the game until the final innings as the Irish prevail

Lakeridge’s baseball team put up a fight against the No. 1 ranked team in the state last week but had its season end in Eugene with a 6-2 loss to Sheldon.

The Irish scored a pair of runs in the first inning and got strong pitching and defense to advance to the quarterfinals.

Sheldon touched up Jared Fitkin in the bottom of the first, scoring a two-out balk and an RBI single to make it 2-0.

In the bottom of the third, two runs scored on an RBI triple for the Irish with nobody out but Fitkin was able to limit further damage as Everest Webster threw out the runner at home.

Lakeridge got its bats going in the top of the fourth. Beau Bryant singled to leadoff the inning and Tommy Andrew reached on an error. Michael Kuhn then walked to load the bases with two outs.

Cal Seneker followed with an RBI single, scoring two runners to cut the lead in half.

Lakeridge stayed close and was just a big hit away from tying the contest before the Irish added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-2.

Sheldon pitched a perfect seventh inning to end the game and move on in the playoffs.

Lakeridge graduates nine seniors this year but has a very solid junior class that will look to continue the program’s success.