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LO baseball wins TRL title, Pacers top West Linn

The Lakers down Sherwood to win the title outright while the Pacers pick up a big victory


MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Cooper Cheetham is congratulated at home plate after hitting a home run in last week's victory over LakeridgeThe Lake Oswego baseball team clinched the Three Rivers League title this week with a 4-2 victory over Sherwood. The Lakers had already clinched a share of the title last week after winning the rubber match with Lakeridge 18-2.

The Pacers won 2-1 on Wednesday with Jesse Davis throwing six strong innings and Tommy Andrew picking up the save, handing Lake Oswego just its second league loss.

But Lake Oswego’s bats provided Matt Voelzke with support to spare on Friday.

Jake Dukart had a monster day for Lake Oswego, tallying four hits from the lead-off position and scoring four times as well.

“He’s been great for us all season. As our lead-off guy, he’s the catalyst for our team,” Lake Oswego coach Jake Dukart said.

Dukart got the Lakers started in the top of the first with a lead-off single. After stealing a base and scoring on Brendan Hawes’ groundout, Mitch Verburg hit a solo home run to make it 2-0.

Voelzke was solid on the mound for the Lakers, throwing six strong innings and giving up just one earned run.

The Pacers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Clint Smith singled in Matt Sporre but Lake Oswego would blow the game open in the top of the fourth.

Jonas Lamont and Dukart each singled with one out and Voelzke followed with a two-run double.

He would score one batter later on an RBI single from Hawes. After Sam Haney singled and Cooper Cheetham walked to load the bases, Dawson Jarmillo hit a high pop-up to shallow left field and the Pacers couldn’t come up with, scoring two more runs and it was 10-1 after Lakeridge got out of the inning.

“We’re just focusing on getting better each game. We swung the bats well today and had a better approach at the plate,” Anders said.

Lake Oswego poured it on the in the fifth. Once again, it was Dukart to get things started with a one-out single. Voelzke followed with a triple down the left field line and Hawes singled to pick up another RBI.

After a single by Aiden Prentice, Cheetham belted a home run off the scoreboard in right-centerfield to make it 15-1.

Andrew plated Beau Bryant for a Lakeridge run in the bottom of the sixth but that would be all the Pacers could muster in the way of a rally.

Lake Oswego scored three more times in the seventh to complete the rout.

On Tuesday, Verburg threw a complete game to stymie Sherwood. Lake Oswego scored twice in the bottom of the second. Haney tripled to drive in Verburg and Cheetham singled in another run.

After Sherwood tied the game, Dukart hit a sacrifice fly to score Brantley and, an RBI double from Haney one inning later completed the scoring.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge rebounded with an impressive 6-3 win over West Linn to clinch a top-four finish in league.

The Pacers fell behind early but got out of bases loaded jams in three of the first four innings.

Lakeridge struck twice in the top of the second. Bryant reached on an infield single to score Michael Kuhn, and heads up base running from Matt Spore allowed him to score on the play as well.

After West Linn tied the game, Davis doubled to start the fifth and scored on a single from Kuhn.

The Lions rallied again to make it 3-3 but Lakeridge blew it open in the sixth.

West Linn walked the bases loaded before Davis drove in two with a single. Kuhn would then plate Dutton Elske with a single.

Lakeridge wrapped up its regular season against West Linn on Wednesday.