Lakers down Pacers in Civil War baseball opener
Reid Pennys grand slam keys a fourth inning rally in the Lakers 7-2 win
A big blast was enough to sustain Lake Oswego in its league opener against rival Lakeridge on Monday. Reid Penny's grand slam highlighted a five-run fourth inning and propelled Lake Oswego to a 7-2 victory.
It wasn't the prettiest contest as they game featured 10 combined walks and a pair of hit batsmen, but the Lakers danced out of trouble and avoided the big inning to pick up the victory.
Lake Oswego drew a pair of one-out walks in the first inning but the Pacers' Cooper Webster got out of the jam with a fly-out and a strikeout.
Lakeridge also put runners on first and second in the bottom of the first when Hank Elliott drew a walk and Cooper Hummel singled but also failed to convert.
In the top of the second, Mitch McLaughlin led off for the Lakers by reaching on a two-base error. Jordan Horak then reached on an infield single before Webster coaxed a pop-up on a bunt attempt and struck out the next two batters.
Lake Oswego would get on the board first when Harrison Ramey belted a solo shot to centerfield to lead off the top of the third.
However, Lakeridge would respond in the bottom of the inning. Rick Hiller drew a walk and Rudolph reached on an error. Elliott then hit and RBI single and Dutton Elskey walked with the bases loaded to give the Pacers the lead.
Horak would minimize the damage, responding with a pair of strikeouts to get out of the jam.
Lake Oswego wouldn't trail for long. Horak opened the top of the fourth by reaching on a bloop single. Kenny Oyama walked with one out and Jack Anderson tied the game with an RBI double.
After a walk to Ramey to load the bases, Penny crushed a pitch the opposite way to right field for a grand slam.
Lakeridge's Clark Smith and Graham Lieb would reach to open the bottom of the fourth before Horak struck out the next three batters.
Lake Oswego padded its lead in the fifth. Tyler Coleman singled to start the inning and Oyama walked. After a sacrifice by Anderson, Ramey hit a sacrifice fly.
After Horak retired the first two batters in the fifth inning, Jack Kjemhus came on in relief and slammed the door shut, giving the Lakers the win to open the series which wraps up this Friday.
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