Oregon City puts up three in the third inning to build a quick 4-0 lead

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Oregon City pitcher Rilyn Lewchuk tossed a shutout against Reynolds on Tuesday night. Oregon City pitcher Rilyn Lewchuk put a bunch of zeroes on the scoreboard Tuesday night, leading the Pioneers to a 4-0 win over Reynolds.

The Pioneers threatened to put the game out of reach after getting a pair of runners on base early in the sixth inning, but pitcher Joseph Palmisano pounced on a sacrifice bunt attempt. He fired a quick dart to home plate where Raiders’ catcher Mitchell Rose tagged Oregon City’s Terrel Hood on the chest as he slid through the dirt.

The next at-bat saw right fielder Jake Erdman sprint to the edge of the infield and catch a pop-up that stranded runners at second and third.

The Raiders put together their biggest scoring chance in the seventh inning when Rose and Cameron Sheets led off with back-to-back singles, but Lewchuk froze them in place with three straight strikeouts to end the game.

The Raiders also got hits in the fifth and sixth innings, but a pick-off at first base and a strikeout prevented the runners from becoming a threat.

Lewchuk was in control throughout, highlighting his day by retiring the side on just eight pitches in the fourth inning with a pair of grounders and a fly ball to left field.

Oregon City broke the game open in the third inning when Luke Ehli sent a two-run triple toward the outfield fence to push the Pioneers ahead 4-0. The Raiders avoided further damage when Palmisano struck out the next batter to strand a runner at third.

Oregon City hosts Clackamas in a Three Rivers League battle at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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