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Lakers pick up big win in TRL opener

Mitchell Verburg mows down West Linn with a 10-strikeout shutout

VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Jake Dukart dodges a tag to score a run for the Lakers in their 4-0 victory over West Linn on Monday to open up Three Rivers League play.Lake Oswego's baseball team couldn't have picked a much better way to open up league play on Monday. Taking on the defending league champions from West Linn, Mitchell Verburg threw one of the better games of his high school career, striking out 10 batters in a two-hit shutout as Lake Oswego won 4-0.

The Lakers gave Verburg all the support he would need early on. In the top of the first inning, Jake Dukart led off with a single and Matt Voelzke followed by getting plunked.

With one out, Verburg drew a walk to load the bases.

Sam Haney followed with an RBI single but the Lakers missed out on an opportunity to blow the game open, unable to plate another run with the bases loaded.

But it would be more than enough for Verburg who struck out five of the first six batters he saw and then easily worked around a leadoff single in the third inning.

In the top of the fourth, Lake Oswego mounted a two-out rally to get a little more comfortable. Jonas Lamont singled and Dukart was then hit by a pitch.

Those runners would advance on a wild pitch before Voelzke drove them both in on a two-strike count to make it 3-0.

Verburg quickly coaxed a double play to get around another leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth and that would be the Lions' only real threat for the remainder of the contest.

In the top of the seventh, Brendan Hawes led off with a single and Haney drove in another run with an RBI double one batter later.

Lake Oswego finished its short two-game series with West Linn on Wednesday and will host Newberg on Friday.