Pacer baseball falls to Sherwood in extra innings
Lakeridge has opportunities but falls in a close game to start league play
The Lakeridge baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to open up league play on Monday. Playing on the road against a strong Sherwood team, the Pacers held a brief early lead but fell 3-2 in nine innings.
Jared Fitkin had a tremendous game on the mound for Lakeridge, going six strong innings and giving up just one earned run.
Sherwood scored in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI single but Lakeridge struck back in the top of the second.
Tommy Andrew led off with a single and Theo Dover followed with a walk. With two outs, Matt Sporre hit a line drive to right field to score Andrew. Everest Webster then followed with an infield single to plate another run and give the Pacers a 2-1 lead.
Sherwood responded with a run in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on a pair of errors from the Pacers to knot the score.
From there it became a pitcher's duel. Lakeridge loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the third but couldn't push across a go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the seventh, a hit batsman and a walk gave Sherwood a chance to win but reliever Jack Ramsey got a ground out to force extra innings.
Lakeridge put a runner on third base in the top of the eighth but couldn't get a clutch two-out hit.
In the bottom of the ninth, Sherwood came up with a clutch one-out rally, getting three straight singles to plate the winning run.
Lakeridge wrapped up its two-game series with Sherwood on Wednesday and will travel to Tigard on Friday.