Pacer baseball drops first league game
Lakeridge still holds onto first after winning its series with Newberg
The Lakeridge baseball team suffered its first loss in league last week as it couldn't quite pull off the sweep of Newberg.
The Pacers got strong pitching by Mitch Maynes, who gave up three runs in a little more than six innings of work but the Pacers struggled to get the big hit in a 3-1 decision.
Newberg scored twice in the top of the first and that would be all the offense it would need. The first four batters reached base for the Tigers but Maynes worked out of a bases loaded jam to limit the damage.
Lakeridge put runners in scoring position early in the game but the two-out hit eluded the Pacers. Lakeridge scored in the bottom of the fourth. Dutton Elske walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on an error.
He then scored on a throwing error. Lakeridge loaded the bases in the fifth inning after a Bo McClintock double and an intentional walk to Elske but couldn't get the tying score.
Last week, Lakeridge rallied to take the second game of the series against the Tigers. Jack Ramsey picked up the victory after throwing two scoreless inning in relief.
Lakeridge fell behind 2-1 but scored three times in the top of the fifth. Kevan Thomas singled to lead off the inning and Jack Daraee would single to load the bases with one out.
McClintock then reached on an error to score a run and Kyle Beckley was hit by a pitch to bring in another. Elske plated the third run of the frame with a sacrifice fly.
Newberg would rally to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth but Lakeridge regained control in the top of the seventh. Daraee hit a one-out double and McClintock reached on an error to put runners on the corners.
Beckley then laid down a sacrifice which scored the go-ahead run. Ramsey threw a perfect inning in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win.
Lakeridge still holds a one-game lead in the league over West Linn but finishes the season with series' against Tualatin, West Linn and Lake Oswego.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT