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LO softball team is on the rise

The Lakers are young and improving as TRL play opens Monday

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Samantha Silva plays centerfield for Lake Oswego this year and is one of the better hitters in its line-up. Lake Oswego's softball team continues to make progress and has a strong freshman class that coach Jennifer Campbell hopes can contribute quickly.

The Lakers are a defensively sound squad this year and have a line-up with potential. The team is hoping to settle into some consistency in its final preseason games before starting play in a wide-open Three Rivers League.

The Lakers have a pair of hurlers this year with senior Madison Armstrong and freshman Lillian Harwood splitting time on the mound.

“Neither one is going to blow it by batters but they're doing a nice job getting ground balls,” Campbell said.

Another freshman is catching for the team this year in Brianna Gereb. Lake Oswego has a pair of experienced seniors at the corners.

Alex Jones returns at third base for the team and Haley Jensen will play first.

Up the middle, freshman Tyler Creach captains the defense at shortstop and sophomore Lauren Working fills in at second base.

“Even our freshmen have played a lot of softball and everyone knows how and where to make the right plays on defense,” Campbell said.

Centerfield will be patrolled by Samantha Silva, one of the team's most experienced players and top hitters.

Madison Harwood fills in at leftfield. Three freshmen are also vying for the team's right field position and Campbell has been splitting time between the trio depending on who happens to be swinging the bat better.

Lake Oswego has been focusing on its hitting early in the season, looking to string hits and runs together against strong pitching.

“We know we're going to have to score to be in games and the whole line-up has to produce,” Campbell said.

Lake Oswego is off to a 3-4 start this season and has won three of its last four games, including a 7-4 victory Monday against North Salem.

The team faces Century Friday before opening league play Monday against Clackamas.

“Our league is always strong. If we get some consistency with our pitching we could be pretty good,” Campbell said.

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