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Huge inning gives Lakeridge softball a needed win

The Pacers put up 11 runs in the third against West Linn for their second win in three games

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge second-baseman Sara Nyland snags a line drive and readies to cap off an unassisted double play during the Pacers' 11-6 victory over West Linn on Tuesday.The bad news for Lakeridge’s softball team was that it only scored in one inning in Tuesday’s game against West Linn. The good news is that it plated 11 runs in that inning, more than enough to grab an 11-6 victory, the team’s second win in three games.

Lakeridge got off to a rough start in the game, yielding a three-run home run in the top of the first before being held scoreless despite loading the bases with no one out in the bottom of the frame.

After falling behind 5-0, Lakeridge had a runner thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the second to end another threat and it appeared like it simply might not be the Pacers’ night.

However, that luck changed dramatically in the bottom of the third.

Lakeridge recorded six straight hits in the frame before the Lions got an out and would go on to blow the contest wide open.

Claire Johnston got things started with a lead-off single, followed by singles from Sara Nyland and Kelley Ericson which scored a run.

Chloe Mike and Taylor Reid followed with RBI base hits and Kailey Krueger then doubled to center field to make it 5-4.

Gracie Neville would walk with one out to load the bases before Sailor Mikey reached on an infield single to plate another run.

Johnston then walked with the bases loaded as Lakeridge grabbed a 6-5 lead. The Pacers then caught a slight break as runner’s interference was called following a ground ball to shortstop but the dead ball negated a potential double play, leaving the bases loaded for Ericson.

She responded with a double to the fence, clearing the bases and giving Lakeridge a big cushion.

Mike followed with another RBI double and Reid then singled to the outfield to score Mike and complete the scoring in the inning.

Krueger would settle down in the circle after getting the lead. The Lions got one run back in the sixth but never mounted a significant threat as the Pacers moved to 3-5 on the season, two games behind Canby for fourth place.

The Pacers will face Canby on Friday and play Lake Oswego next Monday.