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Lake Oswego baseball blows past Sunset

Mitch Verburg and Matt Voelzke combine on a three-hitter in a 9-1 win


VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Matt Voelzke slides into home plate to score a run for the Lakers in their playoff victory over Sunset on MondayLake Oswego’s baseball team made quick work of Sunset in its opening-round playoff game on Monday, getting rock-solid pitching from Mitchell Verburg and Matt Voelzke to cruise 9-1.

Verburg gave up just one hit in more than five innings of work before yielding to Voelzke, who struck out three batters in relief.

It was a pitcher’s duel into the third inning before Lake Oswego seized control in the bottom of the frame.

Andrew Bartley drew a walk to open the inning. Then, with one out, Jonas Lamont and Jake Dukart hit back-to-back triples and Voelzke followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0.

Sunset squeezed a run across in the fourth on a walk, stolen base, passed ball and ground out but that’s as much offense as the Apollos would muster.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sam Haney, Dawson Jarmillo and Bartley all reached with nobody out as Lake Oswego pushed two more runs across, giving Verburg plenty of cushion.

The Lakers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth. Dukart walked and stole second and would score on a single by Voelzke.

Brendan Hawes then singled to score Voelzke and Verburg walked. Jarmillo would single to right field to score Verburg to make it 8-1.

Verburg struck out the first batter of the sixth inning before Voelzke took over and gave up one hit before striking out the last batter of the sixth.

Lake Oswego tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Dukart scored on a sacrifice fly from Hawes.

The Lakers moved on to face No. 13 Grant in the second round of the playoffs at home on Wednesday but results were not available at press time.