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Pacer baseball starts 3-0 in league

Lakeridge gets a shutout from Mitch Maynes to stay unbeaten


DAN BROOD - Lakeridge's Bo McClintock is greeted by teammates at home plate after McClintock hit a two-run home run in his team's 6-0 victory over Tigard last week. The Lakeridge baseball team continued its strong start in league, moving to 3-0 after sweeping Sherwood and shutting out Tigard 6-0 on Friday.

The Pacers were rolling last week against Sherwood but nearly gave up a six-run lead as they were forced to hold on for a 6-4 victory against the Bowmen.

Lakeridge struck early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Bo McClintock hit a one-out double that plated Jack Beau Bryant and Jack Daraee, staking the Pacers to an early 2-0 lead.

McClintock's day wasn't over either. He belted a two-run home run in the bottom of third to make it 4-0 and Lakeridge was cruising.

“Bo is definitely seeing the ball well for us right now and he can crush a fastball,” coach Marco Tevara

On the mound, Jesse Davis was in control, keeping Sherwood off the board for five innings.

The Pacers would make it a 6-0 game in the bottom of the fourth. Bryant would double to the outfield to score Mitch Maynes and then, with the bases loaded, McClintock picked up another RBI with a two-out walk.

Lakeridge would run into a bit of trouble in the top of the sixth. The Bowmen's first three batters reached and a three-run home run made it 6-4.

After a walk brought up the tying run to the plate, Jared Fitkin was able to end the threat. He would close out the game in the seventh to preserve the victory.

On Friday, Lakeridge got its two-game set with Tigard off to a good start behind the pitching of Maynes.

Maynes would go the distance, hurling a shutout with four strikeouts.

“We're getting strong pitching. We're not blowing guys away but we're hitting our spots and our defense is backing us up,” Tevara said.

Lakeridge took control of the game early. After Daraee reached with a hit, McClintock provided the power with a two-run home run. Later, Michael Kuhn would score Dutton Elske with a two-out single to make it 3-0.

In the bottom of the third, Elske doubled to move McClintock to third base with one out and Kuhn came through with another big two-out hit, scoring both runners and making it 5-0.

Lakeridge scored once more in the fifth when Kyle Beckley drew a walk and moved to third on another double from Elske. Beckley would then steal home after a botched squeeze play.

Lakeridge is scheduled to finish its series with Tigard today (Thursday) after a rainout and will play Canby on Friday.

“Being 3-0 is great because it proves to the kids that they belong here but we know we can't let down at all in this league,” Tevara said.

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