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LO baseball sweeps Lions, Tigers

Lake Oswego starts 4-0, vaults into first place


SETH GORDON - Lake Oswego's Jonas Lamont makes a throw to first base during the Lakers' victory over Newberg last week. The Lake Oswego baseball team is off to an outstanding start in league play, sweeping a pair of mini-series’ against West Linn and Newberg.

The Lakers got an improbable walk-off victory last Wednesday against the Lions. Having already knocked off West Linn in the opener, Lake Oswego appeared primed to settle for a split after behind held scoreless through six innings.

The Lions went to their closer and ran into trouble early when Mitch Verburg reached base on a dropped third strike.

That was followed by a single from Sam Haney to put runners on the corners and Cooper Cheetham walking to load the bases with no outs.

Andrew Bartley was next and he doubled to score a pair of runs, making it 3-2. Following a strikeout, Jonas Lamont walked to load the bases again and Jake Dukart hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

During Matt Voelzke’s at bat, a passed ball allowed Bartley to score from third, giving the Lakers a huge win.

On Friday, the Lakers nearly gave one back as they were firmly in control, up 7-1 against Newberg before the Tigers put up five in the top of the seventh.

Lake Oswego scored three times in the bottom of the first inning. Dukart walked to open the game and then stole second. Voelzke followed with an RBI single.

Voelzke would then come around to score on a single from Verburg and Cheetham followed with an RBI single one batter later.

Lake Oswego tacked on runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 5-1 and scored twice in the sixth on a triple by Dukart and a double from Voelzke.

Voelzke was firmly in control through six innings, giving up just a lone run. But he ran into trouble in the top of the seventh.

After getting the first out, Voelzke loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks.

The Tigers would score three runs on a pair of singles before Lake Oswego recorded the second out, catching Newberg’s attempt to steal.

Newberg would score again on an RBI single and attempted to tie the game on the play but the runner was gunned down at the plate, ending the contest.

On Monday, it was a much easier game for the Lakers as they posted eight early runs and rode five scoreless innings from Verburg in a 9-0 victory.

Verburg struck out eight batters and John Shelton tossed two scoreless frames as well.

Lake Oswego had extra base hits from Lamont and Voelzke, who also had three RBIs in the game while Dukart scored three times from the leadoff position.

Next up for the Lakers is another two-game series with Tigard.

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