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Laker baseball tops Pacers in first of two games

Mitch Verburg hurls a shutout as Lakeridge drops its third straight


VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego shortstop Jake Dukart tries to make a tag at second base during the Lakers' 3-0 victory over Lakeridge at home on Tuesday.Looking to pick up some momentum as it closes out the regular season, Lake Oswego scored a big win in the opener of its two-game series against rival Lakeridge on Tuesday.

Mitch Verburg had perhaps his best outing of the season against the Pacers, tossing a shutout and scattering just three hits in a 3-0 victory.

Cooper Webster was almost as strong for the Pacers, giving up just one run in the first five innings of play before Lake Oswego added some insurance with two runs in the sixth.

The Lakers threatened in the bottom of the first but a play at the plate gunned down a potential run. Lakeridge put runners on the corners in the top of the third after Kevan Thomas reached on an error but Verburg got a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning.

Lake Oswego finally struck in the bottom of the fifth. Joey Martin led off with a walk and then, with two outs, Max Anderson doubled to right field to score the run.

The Lakers added some insurance in the sixth. Andrew Bartley walked and scored on an error and Will Burton scored on another error.

Lakeridge threatened in the seventh, getting a lead-off double by Bo McClintock. Michael Kuhn then walked with two outs before Verburg got a ground ball to clinch the win.

Lake Oswego's victory came on the heels of an 8-6 win over Sherwood last week to avoid a sweep by the Bowmen.

It was a back and forth affair that eventually went to extra innings. Lake Oswego fell behind 2-1 but scored four runs in the third to grab the lead.

Oscar Stout doubled with one out and Anderson followed with a walk. Aiden Prentice then reached on an error to load the bases.

Bartley then singled in a pair of runs and Brendan Hawes followed with an RBI single. Bartley would score the fourth run of the inning on a single by Matt Voelzke.

But Sherwood would respond immediately, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 5-5.

Lake Oswego regained the lead 6-5 in the fifth on Burton's bunt to score Jake Mercep but, again, Sherwood answered with a tying run in the bottom of the frame.

Pitching then took over until the top of the ninth. Bartley led off with a single and then, with two outs, Burton reached on an error and Dukart walked. Stout then hit a single to plate two runs.

Prentice pitched a perfect bottom of the inning to seal the win for Lake Oswego.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge's loss to Lake Oswego marked its third in a row. West Linn won the final two games of the series, shutting the Pacers out 5-0 on Wednesday and then winning 8-4 Friday as Lakeridge fell out of first place.

With the Pacers' loss, West Linn clinched the league title.

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